Briefs: Local News October 01, 2008

Fruita academic awards given tonight

• Fruita Monument High School will honor one of its largest classes of academic letter recipients tonight.
The academic awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the south gym at the high school. More than 400 sophomores, juniors and seniors will be recognized.
To earn academic letters, students had to maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the 2007-08 school year.
Of the students being honored, 180 will receive letters for the first time, 140 for the second time and 110 for the third time, said Karen Osborn, athletic secretary at Fruita Monument.

BLM begins burn near Rangely today

• MEEKER — The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office will begin a 300-acre prescribed burn 10 miles east of Rangely today.
The burn will be in Lower Fletcher Gulch and will take at least two days to complete. Smoke will be visible from Colorado Highway 64 and Rio Blanco County Road 122. The burn will reduce wildfire fuel. For information, call 878-3824.

Free family skate nights begin Oct. 7

• Glacier Ice Arena will offer free family skate nights from 6:40 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month beginning Oct. 7. The skates and mini lessons will also be free. For information, call 242-7465.

Oil shale, landscape topic of presentation

• Conservation photographer Garth Lenz and energy analyst Randy Udall will present “Oil Shale for the 21st Century: Oil Shale and Tar Sands in the West” at 7 this evening in Wubben Hall at Mesa State College. They will talk about how oil shale and tar sands may permanently change the landscape. For information, call 243-0002.

Target donates to counseling center

• Target gave $1,000 to Hilltop’s Latimer House Counseling and Advocacy Center. The funds will help people fleeing domestic violence by providing group counseling, children’s services and a 24-hour crisis line in Mesa County.


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