Top 11 stories of 2013: Numbers 11 through 8

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Each year KKCO 11 News brings you a recap of the local year in news. Between devastating disasters, political scandals and drug busts, Grand Junction saw its fair share of news worthy events.

Let's start it off with good news at number 11.

After 2 1/2 years of heavy traffic, road blocks and inconvenienced businesses construction on the I-70 B Corridor project is finally complete wrapping up earlier than expected on November 25.

The total cost of the project was $20.2 million.

Number 10 rocked the nation and here at home as well.

A partial federal government shutdown lasted 16 days and here at home the Grand Valley's biggest tourist attraction was blocked by barricades and visitors were turned away from the Colorado National Monument.

Campground fees dropped by $5,000 and the Visitor Center lost out on $12,000 in sales. Officials say they also lost $15,000 in entry fees for a total of $42,000.

Once the gates were removed.. visitors came rushing back.

The ninth most talked about news story of 2013 is still fresh in the minds of many as a devastating incident led to two tragic deaths.

An accident at the Revenue Virginius Mine took the lives of Nick Canpano and Rick Williams. The cause of their deaths was carbon monoxide poisoning. 20 other workers were taken to the hospital for exposure to the gas.

Number eight brings us to what authorities claim was the breakup of the largest drug organization to ever operate in Mesa County.

A four month investigation brought an end to the drug ring that had been in circulation for more than a decade. 36 people were indicted after 10 pounds of methamphetamine, nine pounds of cocaine, nine firearms and almost $150,000 were confiscated.

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