Briefs: Local News October 04, 2008

First Street closed for concrete repair

• First Street will be closed today for concrete repair from Patterson Road to Orchard Avenue. Detours for northbound and southbound traffic will be on 25 1/2 Road or Seventh Street. The road will reopen Sunday.

Police to talk about sexual predators

• The Grand Junction Police Department has scheduled a sexually violent predator community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on the release of a sexually violent predator or predators into the community. Educational information about sexual offending will also be presented.
The meeting will also be televised live from City Hall on cable channel 12.

Colorado Cancer Summit scheduled

• The Colorado Cancer Coalition plans a Colorado Cancer Summit on Monday and Tuesday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.
The theme of this year’s summit is “Tools For Survivorship.”
Mary Kuhn, former regional coordinator of the Women’s Wellness Connection on the Western Slope, will receive a leadership award. For information about the conference, which is open to the public, visit

Muscular Dystrophy luncheon slated

• Outback Steakhouse and the Muscular Dystrophy Association will co-sponsor the 2008 Friedrich’s Ataxia Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the restaurant. Entry fee is $20 and benefits those suffering from Friedrich’s Ataxia, a particular type of muscular dystrophy which affects the peripheral nerves of the brain. For information, call 241-2181.

Mesa State graduate wins $1,000

• Anna Stout received $1,000 as the winner of the Elevator Pitch Competition Oct. 2 at Two Rivers Convention Center. The event is sponsored annually by The Business Incubator. Stout is a freelance professional translator and a recent Mesa State College graduate.

Fruita mayor will talk about proposal

• FRUITA — Fruita Mayor Ken Henry will speak at 9 a.m. today on the Civic Center lawn about the economic benefits of the proposed Fruita Community Center. Other local business owners will speak as well. For information, contact the Penny Posse at 250-4435.

Elected officials will meet with public

• Mesa County’s elected officials — Craig Meis, Steve Acquafresca, Janet Rowland, Barbara Brewer, Janice Rich, Dr. Dean Havlik and Lee Stiles — will meet with the public from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Grand Junction Senior Recreation Center, 550 Ouray Ave.

Wells Fargo supports adaptive skiing

• Wells Fargo Bank gave $500 to the Community Assistance Fund to support the Colorado Discover Ability’s winter adaptive skiing program.

Lions Club offers financial assistance

• Applications for financial assistance from the Grand Junction Lions Club are available at Brown’s Shoes, 425 Main St. The deadline is at 5 p.m. Oct. 31. The club gives nearly $150,000 each year to a variety of community projects. For information, call 263-2145.

Informed Voter conference planned

• The Mesa County Department of Human Services will have a conference, “Becoming a Better Informed Voter,” on Thursday and Friday at Two Rivers Convention Center. Guest speakers include Jeanette Hensley, Douglas Brown, Richard Mauro and Robert Dey. Keynote speakers for the luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday will be state Sen. Josh Penry and state Rep. Bernie Buescher.
Registration is $10 per day, which include materials and meals. For information, call 248-2717.

Prairie dog comment period extended

• The Colorado Division of Wildlife extended the period for submitting public comments on the Colorado Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan to Jan. 5.
The conservation plan will be used as a guide to maintain the two species on native range in Colorado. The Gunnison’s prairie dog is found mainly in southwest Colorado, the San Luis Valley and in South Park; the white-tailed prairie dog is found primarily in northwest Colorado, but its range extends into the Uncompahgre Valley south of Montrose.
The plan can be viewed on the Division of Wildlife Web site: E-mail comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or mail them to Amy Seglund, 2300 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose 81401. E-mail is preferred.


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