Local Briefs, May 29, 2010

Ride for a Cure scheduled June 5

The ninth annual Ride for a Cure to benefit the Muscular Dystropy Association is set June 5.

Registration for the pledge ride is from 9 to 11 a.m. at Grand Junction Harley-Davidson and Black Canyon Harley-Davidson in Montrose, with riders departing at 11. Those leaving from Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson in Glenwood Springs will depart at 10:30 a.m.

Riders will meet at Whiskey River in Grand Junction at 2 p.m. for a catered barbecue lunch and entertainment.

Riders of any brand of motorcycle interested in participating in the ride or those interested in pledging support for the riders can call the MDA at 241-2181 or your local Harley-Davidson dealership for information.

Students receive degrees, scholarships

Area students have been recognized recently:

Nicholas H. Green of Grand Junction graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in communication May 22 from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md.

Jesse McKissen, a Central High School graduate, was awarded a $4,000 Wolf PACT Scholarship from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.

Jessica Sutrina of Fruita graduated May 15 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry.

5 Star CDL Academy Inc. owners LeRoy and Patty Arguello awarded three local high school students with CDL training: Levi David Garrick of Palisade High School and Matthew McPherson and Logan Ripple, both of Central High School, received full scholarships for Class “A” CDL truck driving training. The $4,000 scholarship offers 150 hours of classroom, lab and behind-the-wheel experience.

Disabilities task force plans conference

Parents and guardians of people with developmental disabilities and people receiving services are encouraged to voice their opinion on the State of Colorado Conflict of Interest Task Force’s efforts to find a resolution to what they say is inherent conflict of interest of the current system, whereby the same organizations providing direct services statewide also provide case management services.

Interested persons are invited to attend a 5 p.m. video conference Tuesday at the Grand Junction Regional Center, 2800 Riverside Parkway, in the facilities conference center.

For information, call Marilee Langfitt, 256-8640

Gray Gourmet needs delivery drivers

Mesa County RSVP Inc. connects individuals ages 55 and older to volunteer position in any of its more than 90 member agencies.

A few of the opportunities include:

Gray Gourmet urgently needs meal-site volunteers and delivery drivers.

Inner Journey Counseling needs a front desk volunteer.

Child and Migrant Services needs a van driver through September.

Mesa County Department of Human Services ARCH Program needs a volunteer driver.

Palisade Living Center needs a greeter for weekend assistance.

Mosaic needs a cooking assistant.

Call 243-9839 or go to http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org for more volunteer opportunities.

Shooting range cleanup planned

The 27 1/2 Road Shooting Range will be closed to public use Wednesday for an Eagle Scout project, coordinated by Dayne Myers with Boy Scout Troop 345.

The range will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. while members of the troop conduct a cleanup of the area.

Call 244-3097 for information.

Open house set for remodeled homes

The Salvation Army will have an open house and barbecue lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 4 at 903 Grand Ave. to celebrate its newly remodeled adult rehab homes.

Visitors can see the remodeling efforts of the Housing and Building Association members who volunteered time and materials for the two homes.

Call 242-7513 or 210-5827 for information.

Vacancies open on two county boards

Mesa County Board of Commissioners is looking for volunteers to fill vacancies on two boards.

The board of adjustment handles special exceptions to zoning regulations, and the Tri River advisory board assists local extension personnel in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs and performance.

Go to the boards and commissions Web page at http://www.mesacounty.us for information and a board interest form.

The deadline for applications is June 7.

Call Kathy Crane at 244-1860 for information.

Prairie chicken numbers increase

SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Forest Service says the population of the lesser prairie chicken in the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in southeast Colorado has grown.

Forest Service officials say they counted 39 chickens in Comanche this spring, up from 25 last year. There were 86 in Cimarron, up from 66 last year. Officials say their population had declined in recent years because of prolonged drought and severe winters.

The birds are about the same size as domestic chickens.


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