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Best of 2014: A year to remember with the Free Press

Compiled by Caitlin Row
crow@gjfreepress.com

GRAND MESA LANDSLIDE EXPLORED

The seismometer at Rapid Creek Station, part of the Colorado Mesa University Seismic Network located at various points around Grand Junction, started recording the waves of motion at exactly 5:44 p.m. May 25, 2014. The next two minutes would mark an unprecedented moment in Colorado history: the largest landslide ever recorded. To shed light on the catastrophic slide event, 25 people toured the Grand Mesa site on Sept 4.

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PARK STATUS DENIED

Colorado National Monument’s most recent push for national park status stalled in July 2014; Sen. Mark Udall and Rep. Scott Tipton cited divided community opinion as why they’ll no longer pursue redesignation of federal lands during the last legislative session. An upgraded park status needs congressional approval to take effect.

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To learn about Colorado National Monument, visit http://www.nps.gov.

APATOSAURUS FEMUR DISCOVERED

Two miles east of the Colorado-Utah border in Rabbit Valley, prehistoric bones and fragments litter the area. Known as Mygatt-Moore quarry, it’s home to an unknown amount of fossilized remains — both dinosaurs and extinct sea creatures. Its most notable recent find was a 6-foot-7-inch long, 2,800-pound Apatosaurus femur, which was extracted July 17, 2014, after five seasons of excavation. A crew of experts led by Museum of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita oversaw the expedition, along with Bureau of Land Management and the City of Fruita Public Works.

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To learn about Dinosaur Journey Museum, visit www.museumofwesternco.com.

POWERBALL WINNER PICKS UP CHECK IN GJ

Al George of Rifle claimed a $90 million Powerball jackpot at the Colorado Lottery office in Grand Junction in August 2014. He bought the winning ticket at the north Rifle Kum & Go convenience store, in the town where he graduated from high school in 1979.

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FRUITA SEGMENT OF RIVERFRONT TRAIL OPENS

The third and final segment of Fruita’s Riverfront Trail — called Monument View Trail — opened Sept. 5, 2014. The newest section of trail spans 4.2 miles, completing an 8.4-mile stretch of Riverfront Trail. The entire Monument View Trail in Fruita cost approximately $6,799,425, with total grants received totaling $4,401,000.

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AVALON RE-OPENS DOWNTOWN

Aptly nicknamed “the twins,” Grand Junction’s Avalon Theatre opened for business after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 17, 2014. Designers incorporated the original brick structure — dating back to 1923 — with a new glass-faced addition directly to the east. Avalon’s first phase of development cost $9.6 million.

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For more information about the Avalon Cornerstone Project or to donate, visit http://www.avalontheatrefoundation.org.

PALISADE’S BOTCHED BALLOT

Palisade voters officially said “no” to allowing recreational marijuana businesses within town limits in November 2014. According to Sheila Reiner, Mesa County’s Clerk and Recorder, a canvass of cured ballots (with signature discrepancies or no signature) resulted in 535 residents saying “yes” and 541 residents saying “no.” Results from Palisade’s question 2A were too close to call after Election Day on Nov. 4. In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Palisade struggled to cure its botched ballots — specifically regarding Referred Measures 2A and 2B.

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HONORING CAPT. WILLIAM DUBOIS

Air Force Capt. Will DuBois of New Castle returned to Colorado by way of Grand Junction Regional Airport on Dec. 11, 2014. DuBois, 30, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 crashed in Jordan early in a mission that was planned as an attack on ISIS. A procession of supporters escorted his remains from the airport to Grand Valley funeral home.

To view a photo slideshow of the procession, click here.

TATTOO ARTIST ON TV SHOW

Justin Nordine, a Grand Junction-based tattoo artist, debuted in Spike TV’s newest docu-series, “Ink Shrinks.” The pilot premiered on Dec. 16, 2014.

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To learn more about Justin Nordine, visit http://www.facebook.com/justinnordinetattoos or http://www.justinnordinetattoos.com.


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