Briefs: Local News September 18, 2008

Carbondale earns rave reviews

• National Geographic Adventure magazine chose Carbondale as one of the “Top 12 Towns” in the “50 Next Great Places to Live and Play,” published in the September issue.
“Carbondale has risen from the shadow of Aspen to become its own stand-alone outdoor destination,” said Greg Melville, writer for National Geographic Adventure.
Carbondale was also noted as distinct for the pack of environmental companies that are based in the area, Melville said. Other Colorado cities that made the list included Pagosa Springs and Colorado Springs.

Fishing program offered for youths

• Local youths ages 6-12 are invited to a Pathways to Fishing program at 9 a.m. Saturday in Fruita.
Sponsored by the Fruita Parks and Recreation Department, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Sportsmen Wildlife Fund, the morning program will be at the Fruita section of the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park.
Cost of the program is $2 and includes presentations on fish anatomy and biology, knot tying, fishing ethics, aquatic ecology, lure selection and presentation, and other topics. Each participant will receive a fishing rod, reel and tackle box. Park fees are waived for program participants.
Registration is available online at http://www.fruita.org or call 858-0360.

Symposium to focus on agriculture

• High Country Citizens’ Alliance will hold its ninth annual Sustainable Communities Symposium in the Aspinall Wilson Center at Western State College Sept. 25-26.
This year’s symposium will focus on sustainable agriculture with speakers, panel discussions and a tour of food producers around Crested Butte and Gunnison.
Register by calling High Country Citizens’ Alliance at 349-7104.

Farmers invited to apply for loans

• Farmers and ranchers in Delta, Gunnison, Mesa and Montrose counties may be eligible for emergency loans due to the freeze that occurred April 25 through May 11 this year. Low-interest loans are available for those affected by the disaster designation. Applications are due by May 11, 2009. For information, call 242-9133, ext. 2.

GJ cadet earns promotion

• Cadet Kevin M. Kees of Grand Junction was promoted to Cadet Corporal at St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kan. Kees is the son of Kevin and Khristine Kees and is a member of the color guard.

Peat collection permits on sale

• The Grand Valley Ranger District is selling permits for collecting peat from the Kennicott Slough Reservoir on the Grand Mesa. Permits are $10 for two cubic yards. Peat is used to amend the soil in home gardens. It can be collected from the sides of the dams and spillway using hand tools and wheelbarrows. For information, call 242-8211

Library friends to open used bookstore

• The Friends of the Library will have a grand opening for the new used bookstore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4. at Mesa County Library’s central branch. The new store is downstairs at 530 Grand Ave. All books will be 50 percent off. For information, call 683-2437.

Penry honored by community colleges

• The Colorado Community College System named state Sen. Josh Penry, R-Grand Junction, as one of its four state legislators of the year earlier this month. State Reps. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, and Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, also were given the award.


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