Briefs, Oct. 26, 2012

Spooky-story night at Montrose museum

The Montrose County Historical Museum will present night walks, “Stories of the Alleys and Ghosts of the Area,” on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27–28, and Nov. 3–4 in downtown Montrose.

Those wanting to participate should meet at 5:30 p.m. at the museum.

Group size is limited and the cost is $5 per person.

Call 249-2085 for information.

Sponsors sought for veterans’ graves


The Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders and Wreaths Across America are seeking sponsors for an annual drive for wreaths to be placed during the Christmas season at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.

If you have a loved one buried there or would like to sponsor a wreath, call Art Edwards at 250-1174 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Youth care workers are needed for Karis


RSVP, a volunteer program for people ages 55 and older, has volunteer opportunities:

■ Administrative assistant and youth care workers for Karis Inc.

■ Thank-you note writer for United Way urgently needed

■ Tax counselor/preparer for AARP Tax Aide, now recruiting for 2013 tax season

■ Volunteer interviewers and packers for Community Food Bank

Visit or call 243-9839 for more opportunities.

Foster grandparents needed at schools


St. Mary’s Foster Grandparent Program of Mesa County is seeking volunteers to tutor kids at elementary schools throughout Mesa and Delta counties.

Volunteers must be 55 or older. Volunteers who have limited incomes may qualify for a non-taxable stipend of $200 to $400 per month based on hours served.

Call 263-9091 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information or to volunteer.

Tree-growing workshop set for Nov. 3


A free workshop about small-acreage trees and woodlands will be Nov. 3 at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Amphitheater, 641 Struthers Ave.

Registration will be from 8:30–9 a.m. followed by workshops that offer solutions to the challenges of growing and caring for trees in our arid environment.

Participants can learn from professionals about maintaining healthy trees, proper species selection, keeping noxious weeds in control and proper pruning techniques.

To register or for information, call 242-4511, ext. 100, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), visit Mesa Conservation District, 2738 Crossroads Blvd, No. 102, or visit

Arapahoe Basin expansion accepted


KEYSTONE — The U.S. Forest Service has accepted Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s master plan upgrades, including lift skiing in The Beavers backcountry area.

The long-term development plan accepted Wednesday includes skiing in the dangerous steeps beyond the resort’s operating boundary.

The plan would add more than 400 backcountry acres served by lifts.

The acceptance kicks off the permitting process, requiring ski area officials to complete an environmental impact study.


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