LS: Your Town Column February 15, 2009

I can’t get used to the empty spaces left behind by the clearing of buildings between Ute and Pitkin avenues and Fifth to Eighth streets. In time, workers will lay foundations and put up walls of new and exciting architectural possibilities.

I do a double-take when driving on North Avenue and the new structures taking shape at Mesa State College come into view.

We’re in tough economic times these days, but Grand Junction is vibrant.

Last Monday, Grand Junction Mayor Gregg Palmer appeared on a CNBC series “Beating the Odds” in which several cities were highlighted regarding how each location has beat the odds and avoided recession.

The video is available online at Web site

While the mayor spoke of Grand Junction’s diversified energy, agricultural and wine industry, rising tax revenues and the fact that this time of year you can ski, golf and mountain bike in one day, the viewer was treated to spectacular visuals of Colorado National Monument and Grand Mesa.

At the end of the little more than three-minute piece, I was hooked.

“Wow!” I said out loud, staring at my monitor, “I want to live there!”

And then I smiled.

We’re so lucky.

•  The words “underworld archeology” conjures up visions of the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” where the hero was searching for the Ark of the Covenant while dodging the bad guys who coveted the ark’s powerful lure.
At Wednesday’s meeting of the Chipeta Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society, author Craig Childs will speak on the underworld of global archaeology, the subject of a forthcoming book.
Childs lives in Crawford and is a naturalist and adventurer who has written on archaeology, desert ecology and other subjects. He is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio.
The public is welcome to attend the free program at 7 p.m. at the Montrose United Methodist Church in Montrose.
Call 417-9014 for information.

•  The Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at noon Saturday at the Bookcliff Country Club.
The menu will include penne pasta with chicken and sauce. Reservations for the luncheon and alternate food requests must be made by Feb. 17. Call Teresa Fulmer at 254-0240 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for reservations.
Speaker Robert Bledsoe will talk about Abraham Lincoln, in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday.
As a side note, The DAR has sent 250 winter coats to wounded warriors at Landstuhl in Germany. Coats were ordered in December and were shipped from L.L. Bean, directly to Landstuhl.
Call Teri Dunn at 314-6286 for information.

•  The Friends of the Parachute Library invite the public to attend its program at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Battlement Mesa Activity Center, 368 Arroyo Drive in Battlement Mesa.
Nanci Limbach will show slides and explain the work of her wildlife rehabilitation center, Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, near Silt.

•  Submit your Planner and community news items by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.



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