Briefs: Local News November 22, 2008

Five hundred will improve kids’ dental health

• The Western Colorado Dental Hygienists Society gave $500 to the Marillac Clinic for dental screenings in local schools. The money will pay for 1,000 students to receive a fluoride varnish.

Partners announces award winners

• Mesa County Partners had its annual Thanks for Giving dinner and awards ceremony this week. The award winners were: Beverly Dwire and Alexis McPhail, Pam Taylor Award; Kurt Walters and Dominic Hopf, Earl Schroeder Award; Sondra Goffinet and Raven Breckenridge, Mary Nelson Award; Susan Lasley and James Flower, Bill Tacket Award; Cummins Rocky Mountain, Mary Peacock Award; Lois McClure, Susan Mumby Award; Gove Aker, Charles Bus Award; Molly Magnuson, Leading Youth Through the Switchbacks of Life Award; and Mike Hansen, Pete Larson Memorial Award.

Coffee with county officials scheduled

• Some of Mesa County’s elected officials will join the public for coffee at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at Aspen Street Coffee, 136 E. Aspen St. in Fruita. Commissioners Craig Meis, Steve Acquafresca and Janet Rowland will attend. Assessor Barbara Brewer, Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich, District Attorney Pete Hautzinger and Surveyor Lee Stiles also will be on hand.

Lights of Life celebrations are planned

Each holiday season, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado has several Lights of Life Celebrations to honor loved ones who died this year. The memorial ceremonies are free and open to the public. For information, call 683-4934.

•  DeBeque Fire House, DeBeque, 5 p.m., Tuesday.

•  Heirlooms for Hospice, Delta, 5 p.m., Dec. 5.

•  Holiday Inn Express, Montrose, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 7.

•  Heirlooms for Hospice, Grand Junction, 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

Chevron official to speak at seminar

• Mesa State College will host guest speaker Sean T. Norris of Chevron North America at 4 p.m. Monday at Saccomanno Lecture Hall as part of its Natural Resources in the West seminar.
Norris will discuss the environmental, social and health impact assessments of energy development.
The seminar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For information, call 248-1689.

Man threatens to bomb DIA, others

• CINCINNATI — FBI officials said Friday that they arrested a man who threatened to blow up Cincinnati’s football stadium, airports in Denver and Cincinnati, Ohio River bridges and other landmarks.
Frederick Purvis, 42, of Hamilton, Ohio, is suspected of sending e-mails to two local media outlets and to the FBI threatening Paul Brown Stadium, the four bridges, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and an Indiana casino, FBI spokesman Mike Brooks said.
FBI officials said Purvis was charged with making e-mail threats to blow up the Denver airport. The other threats are cited in the federal complaint filed against him.

Disciplinary action taken after scandal

• WASHINGTON — The Interior Department has taken disciplinary action against more than a half-dozen workers in Denver who accepted lavish gifts, partied and in some cases had sex with employees from the energy companies they regulated.
The actions announced Friday range from a warning letter to termination. The employees worked in a Denver Minerals Management Service office in charge of collecting billions of dollars in federal oil royalties.

Colorado hits record in drilling royalties

• DENVER — Colorado collected a record in natural gas drilling royalties last fiscal year.
Receipts from drilling on federal land hit $178.4 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The record comes as production and energy prices both rose over the past year. Royalty payments go to schools, local governments and the water conservation board.


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