Briefs: Local News November 05, 2008

Banner available to sign for soldiers

• A large banner donated by Bud’s Signs will be available through Thursday afternoon for the public to sign before it is sent to deployed soldiers.
The public can sign the banner at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Call 242-0731 ext. 2407 for information.

Independence Pass to close for season

• The Colorado Department of Transportation will close Independence Pass for the season at 2 p.m. Friday.
The closure includes the area from just east of Aspen to west of Twin Lakes, approximately 18 miles. The 12,095-foot pass is closed each winter for the safety of the traveling public and CDOT maintenance crews. Alternate routes to Aspen are via Interstate 70 to Glenwood Springs and Colorado Highway 82, into Aspen.

Mesa County offices to close Nov. 11

• Mesa County administrative offices will be closed Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.
Offices included in the one-day closure are the Health Department, Planning, Public Works and Regional Transportation Planning Office, and all the offices at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., such as the Clerk and Recorder, Treasurer and Assessor. Clerk and Recorder branch offices will also be closed.
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department office and Mesa County Animal Services will be open that Tuesday.

Twelve face charges for Naked Pumpkin Run

• BOULDER — A dozen people face indecent exposure charges in the 10th Naked Pumpkin Run on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall.
The Halloween tradition that’s grown in popularity in recent years involves pumpkin carving, beer, and a late night naked run down the mall with nothing but pumpkins on participants’ heads. More than 100 people participated Friday and many others packed the mall to watch.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner says there was extra staffing at this year’s event because the conduct is illegal, there’s no immunity for participants, and he’s concerned the event was getting out of hand.


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