Briefs, Dec. 29, 2012

Outback sponsoring blood drive today

Outback Steakhouse at Mesa Mall will sponsor a blood drive from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. today.

The St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center Bloodmobile will be parked outside the restaurant, and donors will receive a free appetizer after they donate.

Call the Blood Center at 298-2066 for information.

Two excursions on Monument planned


Colorado National Monument will host two ranger-led programs:

■ Explore Echo Canyon is from 1–3:30 p.m. today. Discover how wildlife survives the sometimes-challenging winter environments of the Colorado Plateau.

For the three-mile roundtrip hike, meet at the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area. Expect icy conditions. Traction devices or trekking poles strongly recommended.

No pre-registration required. Call 858-3617 ext. 360 for information.

■ Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Colorado National Monument with a ranger-led cross-country ski trip on New Years Eve, Monday, Dec. 31.

The program is free and participants will have to provide their own ski equipment and gear.

Call 858-3617 ext. 360 to register.

Holiday malaise? Try art, nature classes


Wondering what to do on school closure days?

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will offer art and nature classes for children and adults from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on school closure days — Jan. 7, Feb. 1, March 8 and May 3.

Cost is $15 per session/per person. Pre-registration is required. The registration deadline for the Jan. 7 class is Jan. 4. To register and to get the supply list for the adult classes, call 245-9030 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Explore the world at eReader workshop


The public is invited to learn how to download library books by attending one of several eReader workshops that will be offered during January at Mesa County Libraries.

Workshops are scheduled for:

■  6 p.m. Jan. 7, at the Central Library, First Street and Gunnison Avenue

■ 3 p.m. Jan. 8, at the Fruita Branch

■ 2 p.m. Jan. 11, at the Orchard Mesa Branch

■ 2 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Collbran Branch

■ 6 p.m. Jan. 17, at the Palisade Branch

■ 6 p.m. Jan. 24, at the Central Library

■ 6 p.m. Jan. 29, at the Clifton Branch.

You don’t need to bring your eReader device with you.

The classes are demonstration only, and time will be limited for individual instruction.  You can schedule individual instruction by making a Book A Librarian appointment by calling 243-4442.

Flu has killed two Colorado children


DENVER — State health officials say more than 200 people in Colorado have been hospitalized with the flu so far this year, and two young children’s deaths have been linked to influenza.

Health officials said Friday that both children were under age 3 and died between mid-November and mid-December. One had underlying health conditions. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said one lived in Denver, and the other lived in Jefferson County.

The health department says that statewide, 244 people from 22 counties have been hospitalized with the flu this season. By comparison, by Dec. 24 last year, the state had reported 32 people hospitalized with the flu. State epidemiologist Lisa Miller recommends an annual flu vaccination for people older than 6 months.

Aspen resident gets prison for $1M fraud


DENVER — A former Washington state stockbroker who now lives in Aspen has been sentenced to prison for stealing from a client.

Forty-four-year-old Michael D. Montgomery was sentenced this week in federal court in Tacoma, Wash., to five years in prison and three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in June to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

A hearing scheduled for Jan. 25 will determine what restitution he must pay.

According to his plea agreement, Montgomery improperly took more than $1 million from an elderly client and his heirs. Investigators said Montgomery purportedly took the money for his services to the client but didn’t account for what the services entailed.


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