Not just a well-wisher

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Carrying her own gallon jug of water, Jennifer Stuckenschneider, 11, leads Holy Family Catholic School students as she hosts a walk to support families lacking clean water around the world. “I learned last year that other kids had to walk for water and not all the time was it clean water,” Stuckenschneider said. “I wanted to raise money so other people can have clean water pumped from a well.”

Girl helping Third World families get clean water

When her pen pal in Kenya told her last year she walked 550 yards once or twice a day to get water, 11-year-old Jennifer Stuckenschneider of Grand Junction sold some of her art to get water pumped to her friend’s house.
This year, Jennifer wanted to do more to help people in Third World countries who struggle to obtain clean water. On Friday afternoon, she hosted a fundraiser for Unbound, a Kansas City-based charity that works in 21 developing countries to provide wells and water filtration systems, sanitary toilets, hygiene education and nutrition supplements and vitamins for people with HIV or AIDS.

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The employment trend both locally and statewide seems to be headed in the right direction, as the Grand Junction-area unemployment rate dropped to a level in August not seen since December 2008. The area jobless rate fell to a non-seasonally adjusted 5.5 percent last month, according to the most recent data. That’s a drop from 6.3 for the region in July 2014.

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