Briefs, April 18, 2014

Weekend free at national parks

What could be better than America’s natural splendor? Why, enjoying it for free, of course!

Saturday and Sunday, to kick off National Park Week, April 19 to 27, admission to national parks will be waived.

In this region, that includes Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Dinosaur National Monument and, just over the state line, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce and Capitol Reef national parks.

National Park Week (, sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, is designed to encourage participation in and protect America’s national parks. This year’s theme is “National Park Week: Go Wild!” and park visitors are encouraged to “go wild” for history, nature, wildlife and fun. Visit

City, county surplus auction planned


Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction are teaming up to offer folks a chance to buy the stuff both entities don’t need.

An auction to liquidate surplus merchandise will be Saturday, April 26, at 2387 Leland Ave. The auction begins at 10 a.m., but gates open at 8 a.m.

According to a press release, numerous items will be available including vehicles, bicycles, an ice machine, a hoist, jewelry, coins, cameras, golf equipment, bar stools and many other items.

Details can found at

Montrose schedules spring cleanup


The city of Montrose invites city residents to take part in the annual spring cleanup happening April 25–26. 

Residents can take cleanup items to the drop-off site, located on the San Juan Bypass (U.S. Highway 50), directly across the street from the Sunshine Peak Apartments. Signs will direct residents to the drop-off location.

The collection site will be open from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. April 25 and from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. April 26. Items that will be accepted are landscape materials such as leaves, grass clippings and limbs (less than 6 inches in diameter), scrap materials, unwanted appliances, electronics and un-mounted car/small truck tires. A fee will be charged for tires and appliances containing Freon, but all other items can be dropped off free of charge.

Items that will not be accepted are routine household trash, hazardous materials, paint, and large truck/tractor tires.

Montrose County residents also have the opportunity to take advantage of “Free Day at the Montrose County Landfill” from 
8 a.m.–4 p.m. April 26. Call 249-8497 for information.

Police impersonator reported


LOVELAND — Authorities said a driver was stopped by a police impersonator in Loveland, the third such report along the Front Range in less than three weeks.

A Loveland man told police he was pulled over late Tuesday or early Wednesday by a car with red and blue flashing lights but no police markings. A man in a police-style uniform asked for his identification but didn’t give any reason for the stop. He then said the driver could go. Loveland police say they confirmed the uniformed man wasn’t an officer from the Loveland area.


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