Briefs, Oct. 20, 2011

Prescribed burns planned for today

Firefighters with the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning two prescribed fires today.

A 300-acre fire is planned south of Silt on land managed by the Grand Mesa National Forest in the Reservoir Gulch/Mud Hill area near the Silt-Collbran Road. Firefighters previously burned a black-line around the perimeter of the planned prescribed fire area and will burn the interior tomorrow.

A 150-acre burn on the Roan Plateau is also planned in Grassy Gulch area in the East Fork Parachute Creek drainage. Firefighters will be burning a perimeter around the prescribed fire area in preparation for burning the interior on another day.

Both fires are being conducted to reduce hazardous build-up of vegetation and to improve wildlife habitat and ecosystem health.

Bridge work closing Montrose area road

The Montrose County Road and Bridge Department will close 5100 Road today for bridge repair, according to a news release from Montrose County.

The length of closure is unknown. The closure is north of Amber Road to the Delta County line. For information, call the Road and Bridge Department at 970-249-5424.

Stand Down set for homeless vets

Grand Junction will have its annual Stand Down for homeless and at-risk veterans from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St.

Services available at the event are basic medical care, Social Security Administration advice, Veterans Affairs health care registration, job search assistance and access to excess Department of Defense clothing and winter civilian clothing, and more.

Nearly 20 government agencies and nonprofit organizations will be on hand. Grand Valley Transit will provide free rides for veterans to and from the event on regularly scheduled routes.

The event will be opened to anyone who is homeless or at-risk after the veterans have been taken care of. Call 263-2800, ext. 2407, for information.

Students to rock for music money

West Middle School’s annual Rock-a-thon will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the school’s gym.

Students will rock in rocking chairs with brief breaks throughout the day. Students have collected pledges for the time they will spend rocking. The money will help pay for scholarships to send West Middle School students to music camp or take music lessons outside the school.

Pledges can still be made to the school or a student through the end of the day Friday. District 51 students are not in school Friday because it is a teacher planning day.

Bowlers donate $1,146 to local vets

Mesa County U.S. Bowling Congress presented a $1,146 donation on Friday to Ryan Keyes,  a Veterans Affairs representative in Grand Junction.

The funds were raised by sanctioned USBC bowlers throughout different bowling leagues in Mesa County and bowling tournaments throughout the year.

Half the funds raised will benefit a skilled nursing/hospice program and the remaining will go toward the VA’s recreational therapy program.


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