Top ten stories recap December 28, 2008

Missed the other top stories?

Here are the rest of the Top 10 stories of 2008, as chosen by Sentinel staff:

No. 2 The roller-coaster energy ride: Western Colorado defied national economic trends on the strength of natural-gas drilling, but falling energy prices caused drilling cutbacks as the end of the year approached.

No. 3 National economic recession spreads from Wall Street to Main Street.

No. 4 Western Colorado is at the focus of the 2008 presidential election, with visits by Barack Obama, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

No. 5 Local TV pioneer station KREX burns down in January.

No. 6 Voters reject major spending requests: a new $98 million public safety building for the city of Grand Junction and a $185 million bond measure for School District 51.

No. 7 Invocation challenge: The Grand Junction City Council’s practice of opening its meetings with a prayer is challenged by a local atheist group, leading the city to draft a new policy that rotates different religions for the invocations.

No. 8 Mesa State football player Trevor Wikre amputates pinkie to play the rest of his senior season.

No. 9 Riverside Parkway finally opens after several years of work and commuter headaches.

No. 10 Republican Laura Bradford upsets incumbent Democrat Rep. Bernie Buescher for a seat at the state House.

And here’s how readers voted on the Top 10 selected stories at

No. 1: Fine-Gallagher shooting

No. 2: Presidential election visits

No. 3: Recession hits home

No. 4: Bradford defeats Buescher

No. 5: Prayer challenged

No. 6: Roller-coaster energy ride

No. 7: (Three-way tie) KREX fire, Voters defeat measures, Wikre pinkie amputation

No. 10: Riverside Parkway opens


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