Briefs: Local News March 27, 2009

Casino fundraiser tonight at college

• The Mesa State College Foundation will have its second Casino Night from 5 to 10 p.m. today in Saunders Fieldhouse on the Mesa State College campus.
Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner and refreshments. Proceeds from the event benefit Mesa State students.
Call Mary at 248-1902 for more information and to buy tickets.

Free prom dresses available April 4

• The Mesa State College Sociology Club and The Tree House Teen Bistro board will have their second prom dress distribution for students who can’t afford prom expenses.
The Sociology Club has collected a variety of dresses for distribution from 4 to
8 p.m. April 4 at The Bistro, 1505 Chipeta Ave.
High school students can pick out a free dress and enjoy refreshments provided by The Tree House. Door prizes also will be given away.
E-mail Alison Deshotels, president of the Sociology Club, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information or to donate a dress.

McInnis Canyons ranger recognized

• Troy Schnurr of the Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office has received the River Manager of the Year award from the River Management Society.
Schnurr is a supervisory ranger for McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. Schnurr joins five other BLM officials who have won the award in the past decade.

Migrant Services needs office help

• Migrant Services in Palisade is in need of a volunteer administrative assistant five to 10 hours per week.
People who are proficient in MS Word and Excel can e-mail resumes to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by April 24.

DVD sales raise funds for Hospice

• Proceeds from sales of the DVD “The American Historian” and sale of the painting “Twilight of a Continents” by wildlife artist Gary Swanson will be donated to Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado in Plateau Valley.
The DVDs can be purchased at Heirlooms for Hospice in Grand Junction, Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods in Grand Junction, Mountain Valley Floral in Collbran and at the annual Spring Swing event taking place April 18 in Collbran.
Call Cindy Price at 487-3844 for information.

Bradham on honor roll at Oregon State

• Amy B. Bradham of Grand Junction, a junior at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., was named to the winter term honor roll. Bradham is studying pre-nuclear engineering.

Powderhorn seeks arts, craft exhibits

• Powderhorn Resort has put out a call for artisans to set up exhibits at the second Flat Top Festival on Aug. 8 at the resort.
The event includes music and food.
Space fee is $100 for a 10-by-10 foot area. Space is limited to 30 artisan booths.
Local artisans who create unique handmade items should call April Nichols, event coordinator, at 268-5168 for information, or go to

Training focuses on fires near gas wells

• Local and federal firefighters on Thursday teamed up with the energy industry for a training exercise for wildfires in oil and gas production areas.
The Wildland Fire and Energy Safety Summit in Rifle was designed to improve communication between wildland firefighters and oil and gas personnel. It was the second year for the event, and organizers hope to hold it annually.
The training agenda included subjects such as wildfire safety for energy workers and oil and gas safety for firefighters.
Sponsors were Garfield County, the Rifle Fire Protection District, Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management and the Western Slope Safety Council, with support from Williams, Chevron and EnCana Oil & Gas (USA).


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