From Iraq to Rockies, a memorable year |

From Iraq to Rockies, a memorable year

by Heather McGregor
GSPI Managing Editor

As 2003 comes to an end today, and we celebrate the last highlight of the holiday season tonight, it is a good time to reflect on what we have experienced as a community and as a world over the past 12 months.

The focal point for the year was the war waged against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his regime. The United States and its allies successfully toppled the regime and, on Dec. 13, captured Hussein in a hole.

But the war came at great cost to Iraqi civilians and American and allied soldiers. Equally troubling is the uncertain future of a country that has little leadership and no experience with the kind of democracy we hope to share. The coming year will bring many challenges in helping the Iraqi people achieve peace.

The year was marked by other key events, including the Feb. 1 explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, the deadly SARS virus outbreak, Californians voting to recall Gov. Gray Davis and elect actor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his place, and deadly wildfires in the West.

While we watch world and national events from our wintry corner of the Rockies, we can also count many important events that happened in Garfield County.

Last week, Post Independent employees voted on a list of 34 newsworthy events that the paper reported on in 2003, selecting a Top 10 list.

In today’s edition, we summarize Nos. 6 through 10. In Thursday’s edition, we’ll complete the list with Nos. 1 through 5 ” and we won’t tell you what they are until then.

Starting Thursday, you’ll be able to get all 10 stories on our Web site,, by entering “Top 10” in the search box.

Contact Heather McGregor: 945-8515, ext. 517

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