Briefs, April 10, 2014

End-of-life directions are outlined

The public is invited to learn how to prepare for and make end-of-life decisions easier during the Continuing the Conversation Symposium, sponsored by the Mesa County Advance Care Planning Task Force and hosted by St. Mary’s Hospital. Two sessions are scheduled on April 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration begins a half-hour before each of the sessions.

The event will take place on the fifth floor of the Saccomanno Education Center, 2635 N. Seventh St.

Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the local food bank in lieu of an admission fee, and registration is required.

For information, please visit or

Fruita chamber hosts shindig on Friday

The community is invited to join the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce for its annual Business Expo and Community Barbecue from 4–7 p.m. Friday at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St.

Member businesses will showcase their products and services in the gymnasium and City Market will donate hot dogs, buns, and soft drinks and Wendy’s will provide chili, Junior Frostys, and salad.

Call 858-3894 for information.

‘Brain Gym’ unleashes kids’ potential

A free spring potluck series, Jodie MacTavish presents “Auricular Therapy” & “Brain Gym,” will be from 6–9 p.m. Saturday at The Molina Center, 52254 KE Road, in Molina.

Brain Gym is brain activation tools that helps students who might be struggling with reading and scholastic skills. Some of the benefits include better reading comprehension, writing and, when used with other techniques and tools, release of phobias and fears.

Check in at 6 p.m. Take a plate of plant-based (vegan) food to share for dinner. The talk starts at 7 p.m.

For planning purposes, those wanting to attend should RSVP for a free ticket at or call 268-5548.

Gardner raises $1.4M to unseat Udall


DENVER — Republican U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner’s campaign is reporting it raised $1.4 million during the first three months of the year, almost all of it in March, following his surprise announcement he would challenge Democratic Sen Mark Udall.

Gardner raised $1.24 million in March and has $2.1 million in cash available. Udall raised more than $2 million during the first quarter of the year and has $5.9 million available. But the senator was raising funds for the full three months. Udall campaign spokesman Chris Harris said Wednesday that the campaign raised the majority of its total, $1.4 million, in March.

Search narrows for missing Minn. pair


IDAHO SPRINGS — Rescue teams looking for a father and son from Minnesota who went missing last week near a Colorado mountain have received help from a military electronics investigation team who tracked cellphone signals that came from a campground.

Dozens of searchers have returned to an area about 50 miles west of Denver after investigators traced signals made on April 2, when one of the men told a friend they were going to scale a peak, Alpine Rescue Team spokesman Bill Barwick said Wednesday.


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