Briefs: Local News December 03, 2008

Ritter appoints local businesswoman to council

• Gov. Bill Ritter has appointed Christina Reddin, executive director of the Grand Junction Business Incubator, to the Small Business Council, his office announced Tuesday.
Reddin will be one of the 45 members of the Small Business Council, which advises state officials on matters related to the growth and stability of Colorado’s small business community,
Reddin’s appointment does not require confirmation by the state Senate.

More parcels pulled from sale

• The Utah BLM office announced Tuesday that an additional group of controversial parcels will be deferred from a planned oil and gas lease sale set for Dec. 19. The agency said it will defer leasing in the Nine Mile Canyon area below the canyon rim and in the Desolation Canyon area to further review stipulations and mitigation measures for the area.
Last week, the BLM also backed off its plan to offer a number of parcels in the sale that are adjacent to some of the more spectacular areas of eastern Utah and western Colorado, including parcels near Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and near Dinsoaur National Monument.

Pet grants go to local groups

• The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund awarded grants to 24 community coalitions of veterinarians and animal control organizations across the state. Local recipients include: Delta County Veterinary Medical Association and Humane Society, $10,000; Friends of Rifle Animal Shelter, $5,000; Grand Rivers Humane of Grand Junction, $5,000; and the Montrose Animal Protection Agency, $17,000.

Cowboy Christmas Dec. 12

• The Fruita Future Farmers of America chapter will have its annual Cowboy Christmas at
8 a.m. Dec. 12 at Fruita Monument High School. Members create and sell a variety of hand-crafted gifts, including quilts and metal art. All proceeds benefit the FFA students.

Gun range closed next week

• The 27 1/4 Road Shooting Range will be closed Monday and Tuesday afternoon next week for law enforcement training. Training is required quarterly for Bureau of Land Management law enforcement rangers.
The shooting range is normally open to the public from sunrise to dusk daily.

East Portal Road closed

• MONTROSE — East Portal Road, east of Montrose, has been closed for the winter because if icy conditions. The road provides access to the Gunnison River within Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Crystal Dam. The road will reopen in the spring. For information, call 249-7827.


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