Your Town, Jan. 19, 2014

Those glorious orange and blue sunsets we’ve been having lately can only mean one thing.

Numerous scientific websites claim it’s because there are a lot of particles in the evening sky, such as water droplets, ice crystals, clouds and even pollution. Supposedly, the low angle of the light rays from the setting sun that hit these particles can produce incredibly dramatic oranges hue against the western blue sky backdrop.

Scientific mumbo jumbo aside, we Bronco fans know the real reason the evening skies are a brilliant orange and blue, especially this time of year.

Yes, God is a Broncos fan (or, at least, we hope he is today).

Enjoy the game!

The Fruita Lions Club is gearing up for its chili supper that will be from 5–7 p.m. Feb. 7–8 at Independence Village Hall, 225 N. Coulson St., Fruita.

The Lions will be serving chili and Judy’s famous chicken noodle soup, to benefit the club’s Fruita Monument High School Senior Scholarship Program. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 6–12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. There will also be a cake walk with proceeds going to the program.

Liberty Tax will host a Cell Phones for Soldiers drive from 3–9 p.m. Jan. 25, in the parking lot of Taste of Heaven, 2817 North Ave.

The public can donate gently used cellphones to benefit the program that allows troops stationed overseas cheaper alternatives to calling home. More information about the program is at

Saturday’s event will feature free food, door prizes and live music performed by local musicians Bobby Walker, Pete Langford, Troy Douglas and No Outlet. The goal is to collect 100 cellphones.

Call Felecia Messenger at 208-5397 for information.

Laughing Dog Coffee House, 413 Monument Road, will have a French Toast for Furry Friends fundraiser from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Jan. 26, to benefit Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

All proceeds from French toast orders will benefit the nonprofit shelter and adoption center. One piece of French toast, made with homemade whole wheat crunch bread, whipped cream, fruit and condiments will be offered for a minimum $5 donation — two pieces for a minimum $6.50 donation.

Diners are also invited to bring in their best “laughing dog” pet pictures to be entered in a photo contest that day.

Visit or its Facebook page for more information.

An account has been set up at Alpine Bank, 225 N. Fifth St., to assist car accident victim Kim Lindsey with medical expenses.

Lindsey, a dedicated volunteer with Cats League and Assistance to the Western Slope (CLAWS), was injured Dec. 4 during a snowstorm while picking up and transporting food for the cats at the CLAWS shelter. Lindey’s SUV spun out on the snow-covered road, landing upside-down in a canal, a news release said. 

Lindsey suffered a broken back and numerous cuts, bruises and abrasions and spent 20 days in the hospital.

Donations to help Lindsey can be made at any Alpine Bank branch.

Call Carole Chowen at 256-1851, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Teri Shecter, 242-5016, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

The Palisade Historical Society announced in a recent newsletter that two of its members received statewide recognition for their historic preservation efforts.

Harry Talbott and Talbott Farms were recognized by the Palmer Land Trust in October with a Friends of the Open Space Award. Talbott was one of the founding members of the Mesa Land Trust, an organization devoted to agricultural land conservation.

According to the newsletter, Talbott Farms has helped shape and promote the Fruitlands Forever Initiative, which has conserved 730 acres through conservation agreements covering more than 45 family farms, towards a goal of 1,000 acres.

Curtis Martin, an archaeologist from Palisade who presented the Colorado Wickiup Project for the Palisade Historical Society in 2012, will receive recognition Feb. 5 from the Colorado Historical Society. The Colorado Wickiup Project will receive the Stephen H. Hart Award for Commitment to Archaeology.

Palisade Historical Society Member John Lindstrom has also been part of the wickiup recording effort since its inception, the newsletter said. Last year, they produced a report on wickiups and wooden features of Rocky Mountain National Park for the National Park Service.

The society will have its fourth annual meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Mesa County Libraries Palisade Branch, 119 W. Third St., Palisade. The meeting’s agenda will feature a review of 2013 accomplishments, board member elections, treasurer’s report and discussion of the budget.

Call 464-2177 for information.

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