Briefs, Feb. 13, 2014

Denver schools take program applications

Denver Public Schools is recruiting Grand Junction professionals with no teaching background to participate in two of the school district’s alternative teaching programs.

The Denver Teacher Residency program ( and the Denver Teach Today program ( allow a professional who has a bachelor’s degree to bring real-world expertise to a classroom as a new teacher.

The Denver Teacher Residency program puts a person in a classroom with support for one school year and then licenses that person as a teacher with a master’s from the University of Denver. The program guarantees the person a job in DPS and that he or she will get a full tuition reimbursement after the fourth year teaching in DPS. The application deadline for Denver Teacher Residency for next school year is this Saturday.

Denver Teach Today participants take a five week course designed to prepare them for teaching in Denver Public Schools. The application deadline is March 7.

BLM looks to fill advisory councils


The Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest and Southwest Colorado districts are seeking public nominations for 10 open positions on their Resource Advisory Councils, which advise the BLM on public land issues.

The BLM’s RACs, comprising citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, including such individuals as conservationists, ranchers, outdoor recreationists, state and local government officials, Tribal officials and academics.

Requirements and nomination forms are online at or call David Boyd at 970-876-9008 for information.

Montrose seeks nominees for city award


The Community Development Achievement Awards Program, sponsored by the city of Montrose Community Development Department, is accepting nominations until March 6, for projects completed in 2013.

The awards program was established in 2009 to recognize and encourage exceptional development in the community. The award is designed to encourage best practices and reward those who display exemplary creativity and dedication to improving the community.

The city of Montrose Planning Commission will review nominations in March and determine the 2013 winners. Formal awards will be presented at a City Council meeting in April.

Submit nomination forms with a brief description, contact information, and photos of the project under construction. Forms are available at and may be submitted via email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or delivered to Montrose City Hall, 433 S. First St., Attn: Jennifer Spinelli, Assistant City Planner.

Call Spinelli at 240-1481 for information.

RSVP seeking senior volunteers


RSVP, a volunteer program exclusively for people ages 55 and older, has volunteer opportunities available.

Returning opportunities:

■ Habitat ReStore — office assistant

■ Mesa County RSVP — office assistant for Monday and Wednesday


■ Colorado Welcome Center — travel counselor

■ Fruita Thrift Store — warehousemen

■ Heirlooms for Hospice — delivery, cashier, stocker, large variety of volunteer opportunities

Call 243-9839 or visit for more volunteer opportunities.


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