120 Years: 2005

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Methamphetamine is taking its toll on the Grand Valley in 2005. Theft, sex crimes, crimes against children and robberies are left in its wake.

The Grand Junction Downtown Partnership establishes a Business Improvement District to fund marketing, promotions, public relations, advertising and special events.

Dan Walker and his family go cross-country skiing on Grand Mesa in January. He is separated from the group and his body is not found until January.

A Grand Junction woman fabricates a story of how her husband is killed in Iraq while “taking a bullet” for a child. She appears on CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Show and is aided by Hometown Heroes before she is found to be a fraud. She is sentenced to concealing after being charged with Criminal Felony Impersonation.

A local couple, Bill and Jeanie Booth, win a $1.2 million jackpot after buying a Lotto ticket at Fisher’s Liquor Barn. On the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina makes landfall with devastating effects, and some 1,836 people are known to have perished.

YouTube launches its first video and at the Vatican, Pope Benedict becomes the 265th pope.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.

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