Briefs: Local News July 13, 2009

GJ students receive degree, honors

Area students have been honored recently.

• Jenifer Simpson of Grand Junction graduated May 17 with a master’s degree in education from Framingham State College in Framingham, Mass.

• Grand Junction High School student Casey Walker was accepted into the People to People Academic Leadership Summit at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., which was June 20–29. Participants completed an academically rigorous program focused on leadership development and global awareness. Walker was nominated and accepted for the honor based on outstanding scholastic merit, civil involvement and leadership potential.

Credit union awards four scholarships

Western Rockies Federal Credit Union awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2009–10 academic year. Students receiving scholarships are:

• Colter Boita, a 2001 graduate of Palisade High School. She is a senior working toward a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology at Fort Lewis College.

• Candice Paumen, a 1999 graduate of Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez. She is a junior working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration and business management at Mesa State College.

• Kristen L. Veale, a 2005 graduate of Grand Junction High School. She is a sophomore working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Mesa State College.

• Shelby Marie Wolf, a 2008 graduate of Central High School. She is a sophomore working toward a Bachelor of Science in equine science at Colorado State University.

RSVP has senior volunteer opportunities

• Mesa County RSVP Inc. is seeking individuals age 55 and older for various volunteer opportunities.
Among the opportunities this week are a bingo volunteer at WestCAP, gardeners at the new Family Health West Hospital in Fruita, an outdoor program center volunteer for Girl Scouts of Colorado and a summer reading program assistant at Mesa County Libraries.
Call 243-9839 or go to for more volunteer opportunities.

Gray Gourmet seeks drivers, serving help

• Gray Gourmet is in need of volunteer drivers age 18 and older who can deliver weekday noon-time meals to homebound seniors in the Grand Valley. Call Karen at 243-9844, ext. 5, for information.
Adult volunteers are needed to help at one of Gray Gourmet’s meal sites by setting tables, serving meals and assisting with clean-up from approximately 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. one regularly scheduled day per week. Call Gai at 243-9844, ext. 2, for information.

Storyteller Donaldson will perform

• Master storyteller Max Donaldson will present “A Humorous Slice of American History” and “Stories Under the Stones” at 1:45 p.m. July 30 at Atrium of Grand Valley, 3260 N. 12th St.
The event is free. People planning to attend should RSVP by calling 256-0006. More information about Donaldson can be found at


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