Grand Valley reflects on 2017, looks toward 2018

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- We covered stories from car crashes to lottery winnings and politics in 2017. Now 2018 is here, and 2017 was a quite the year here in the Grand Valley.

"I would say the biggest thing to me for 2017 that was good was seeing people coming together and having community events," said Jeriel Brammeier.

It was a big year for elections and votes. It was the first time since 2004 the Grand Valley voted for a bond and mill levy for the schools.

"I think what this community did in 2017 with its school district and deciding to invest in our kids and really commit to being a great place to live and raise a family is tremendously exciting. I think we have a lot to look forward to," said Joel Dyar, resident.

Our community went through a lot of changes, losses and gains.

"I have a new great granddaughter that arrived on the 27th of December," said Bob Noble, resident.

"It's a tough year for my family, we lost somebody in our family so that was hard, but just getting our family back together again was the best part," said Carol Freeman, another resident.

For some 2017 was a year of surprises here, and around the world.

"Oh 2017, it was like the year you woke up, and you didn't know what you'd see on TV," said Dyar. "You didn't know what would be happening with the world."

It was a year of learning and coming together.

"What I learned is we can be strong as a family, as a community," said Freeman.

"It really felt great to know that even though we're kind of polarized in the nation right now, the community as a whole right now really feels like we support each other in really good ways," said Brammeier.

So, in 2018 our community has resolutions--maybe to be kinder, more politically active, be a better person and of course, don't we all want to hit the gym. A Grand Junction resident has some advice for the new year:

"Just stay cool, don't let the world get you down," said Thielen.

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