Briefs, April 12, 2013
BLM must identify leasing companies
The Bureau of Land Management must by Monday reveal the identities of the companies that nominated lands in the North Fork region of Delta County for oil and gas leasing unless it appeals a judge’s ruling.
U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch rejected an effort Wednesday by the Western Energy Alliance to intervene in the case in which Matsch had ordered the BLM to identify the nominators.
“The public has a right to know what corporations are looking to drill on our public lands,” said Jim Ramey, director of Citizens for a Healthy Community, which filed the lawsuit. “A fully transparent and open leasing process is the best way to manage oil and gas leasing on public lands.”
Redlands Parkway Bridge under repair
Repair work on the Redlands Parkway Bridge will be taking place for the next three weeks.
The pedestrian/bike path on the bridge will be open, but it will be narrowed to 3 feet in width from its normal 8 feet.
Bicycle riders are asked to be extremely careful on this section and to slow down.
Repair work is now being done on the bridge abutments. At some point in the next three weeks, work will move to the pier cap, and there will be a trail closure and traffic impacts for two days.
No date has been set for that work as of yet.
Call 256-4076 or visit http://www.gjcity.org for information.
Veterans’ benefits help to be available
A veterans benefits representative from the Denver Regional Office will be on the Western Slope on April 15–19 to assist veterans and veterans’ survivors in accessing benefits from Veterans Affairs.
The schedule is:
■ noon–4 p.m. April 15, Glenwood Springs TeleHealth Clinic, 2425 S. Grand Ave., Suite 101, Glenwood Springs, 945-1007, walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary
■ 8 a.m.–2 p.m. April 16, Java Junction Coffee Shop, across from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Grand Junction, walk-ins welcome
■ 9 a.m.–4 p.m. April 17, Olathe American Legion Hall, 315 Fifth St., Olathe, walk-ins welcome
■ 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 18, Montrose CBOC, 4 Hillcrest Plaza Way, Montrose, by appointment only, call 249-7791
■ 9 a.m. – noon April 19, DJ Café on Main Street in Collbran, just down from the National Women Veterans Monument, walk-ins welcome.
Call 263-2800, ext. 1-2407, for information.
Free training offered to liquor licensees
The city of Grand Junction will offer free training for liquor licensees (owners), their managers and employees from 1–4 p.m. April 24 at the City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the class begins promptly at 1 p.m. Late arrivals will not be able to participate. Participants who stay for the entire three-hour class and complete the pre-test and score a 70 percent or better on the post-test will receive certificates of completion for this state-certified class.
Chevron gives $5,000 to Riverside center
Chevron has provided a $5,000 grant to the Riverside Educational Center to be used to support its tutoring, enrichment and mentoring programs.
Riverside Educational Center is a local nonprofit organization providing structured after-school services for more than 125 children in the community.
“We continue to feel the impact of the economic downturn and are so thankful businesses like Chevron recognize the importance and impact of nonprofit services in our community. We are so appreciative of the partnership and support of Chevron,” said Mary Gonzales, co-executive director, in a news release.
Call 433-0481 or visit http://www.REC4kids.com for information.