Briefs: Local News September 05, 2008

Student crossing at Seventh, North closed

• In an effort to increase the safety of pedestrians, particularly Grand Junction High School students, Grand Junction police have created a no-crossing zone at the intersection of Seventh Street and Glenwood Avenue.
Police announced the move Thursday and indicated signs are in place notifying pedestrians of the change. Pedestrians must now cross at the crosswalk and traffic signal at Seventh Street and North Avenue.
Police said they have observed several near misses between pedestrians and vehicles at the intersection, as well as traffic flow problems created by long lines of students. People who disregard the signs and attempt to cross at Seventh and Glenwood will face a $50 fine.

Donors help Heirlooms for Hospice

• Heirlooms for Hospice, a resale shop, is seeking donations of gently used clothing, antiques, furniture, housewares and other treasures. Annually, the store raises $250,000 for Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. Donations can be taken to 635 Main St. in Grand Junction; 263 Main St., Unit 3, in Delta, or at 435 E. Main St. in Montrose.
For information, call 254-8556. 

Desert Herb Society plans tea party

• The Colorado Desert Herb Society is sponsoring a tea party Monday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens in an effort to recruit new volunteers and members. The event is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the herb gardens within the Botanical Gardens, and is open to all interested persons.
Register by calling Yvonne Barron at 254-8567. The herb society will sponsor the traditional tea party, lead herb walks and provide information for new members and volunteers.

Recycle route delayed by one day

• FRUITA — Because of Labor Day, residents on the east recycle route in Fruita, east of 18 Road or south of Interstate 70, will have pickup Saturday, Sept. 6, instead of today. For information, call 858-3663.

Water seminar scheduled Sept. 19

• Can Colorado develop in-state agreements to ensure water is available for Western Slope users in the future? Or will it all go to the rapidly growing Front Range simply because it needs the water now?
 These questions and more will be examined at this year’s annual Colorado River District Water Seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. The cost is $25 and includes lunch. Early registration ends Sept. 16 and the cost is $35 at the door.
For information, go to http://www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org, call Mandy Ebeler at 970-945-8522, or reach her via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Many plead guilty after DNC arrests

• DENVER — About half of those arrested just before and during the Democratic National Convention have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses and have received sentences ranging from fines to suspended jail sentences.
Officials said 152 people were arrested Aug. 23-28 in Denver, including 91 taken into custody on Aug. 25 near a downtown city office building.
City Attorney David Fine said the sentences depended on the nature of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history.

Top of Mount Evans road closed

• DENVER — Even though there’s no snow falling yet, Colorado Highway 5 to the top of Mount Evans is closed for the season. The state transportation department said Thursday that the U.S. Forest Service has requested that the upper portion of the road remain closed from after Labor Day until Memorial Day every year. The road, billed as North America’s highest paved highway, crosses Forest Service land en route to the 14,264-foot summit.
The road is closed at Summit Lake, about 1,200 vertical feet below the summit.
Other high-country roads across Colorado remain open for now, including Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park and highways over Independence Pass and Cottonwood Pass.


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