Briefs: Local News September 13, 2008

New Parent Help Line announced

• There is a new Parent Help Line for parents struggling to deal with their children. The number is: 683-HELP or 683-4357.
The How are the Children initiative, in partnership with Hilltop Community Resources and The Partnership for Children and Families, announced the new telephone service Friday. The help line is available 24-hours-a-day to assist parents with kids ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers.

Biophysicist to speak about cancer

• Dr. David Walker of the Bio-Res-Med Cancer & Disease Control Medical Arts Center in San Carlos, Mexico, will be in Grand Junction for a lecture on alternative treatments for cancer at 9 a.m. Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Hampton Inn.
Walker is a biophysicist.
Personnel will be available at the lectures to schedule consultations with Walker.

Spanish program offered to students

• The Interamerican University Studies Institute is offering a Spanish immersion summer program in Costa Rica for high school students interested in environmental biology. The program includes language instruction, national park tours, and other field trips. Students ages 15-17 with two years of Spanish and one biology course are eligible. Scholarships are available. Scholarship applications are due Dec. 5 and program applications are due Feb. 6. For information, visit or call 800-345-4874.

Women Voters to hold presentation

• The League of Women Voters of Mesa County will have a presentation about severance tax at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the lower level conference room at Community Hospital. Mesa State College Professor John Redifer will be the guest speaker. For information, call 243-1318 or visit

MSC celebrates Constitution Day

• Mesa State College will celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17 by showing the award-winning documentary, “The Peyote Road,” at 7 p.m. in room 104 of the new classroom building. The movie discusses the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court case involving a member of the Native American Church who was fired for using sacramental peyote in his private time. The film is considered instrumental in the passage of the Religious Freedom Protection Act of 1994. The event is free. For information, call 248-1498.

GJ gives trees to be planted Monday

• The City of Grand Junction gave 25 trees to Mesa State College in recognition of 25 years as a Tree City USA. The trees will be planted on Monday.

DUI checkpoints set for this weekend

• The Colorado State Patrol will have DUI checkpoints set up Sept. 13-14. The undisclosed locations of the checkpoints move throughout the county in an effort to catch intoxicated drivers.

Bike, walk or skate at Robb River Rally

• The Robb River Rally will accept on-site bike registrations at 8 a.m. this morning at Corn Lake State Park. Walkers, runners and in-line skaters may register at 9 a.m. at Connected Lakes State Park. The rally is an annual event to sponsor the trail system on the Colorado River. For information, call 263-4473.

Companies donate supplies, time

• The Western Slope Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America completed the exterior paint of the KAFM building as their annual charity project. Those donating supplies and time included: All Construction Needs, Aspenwood Painting, Dwight’s Painting, SunShine Painting, and Top Quality Painting. Vendor members include Sherwin-Williams, KWAL Paint and Diamond Vogel.


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