Briefs: Local News September 30, 2008

Veterans for McCain rally planned

• A Veterans for McCain and Troop Support rally will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave. Guest speakers will be former prisoner-of-war Rod Knutson and Karon Carley from Operation Interdependence. For information, call 263-0159.

Cockers host Get Out The Vote event

• CRAWFORD — Pam and Joe Cocker have scheduled a Get Out The Vote event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mad Dog Ranch Cafe in Crawford. The event is sponsored by the Delta County Democratic Party. Many local Democratic candidates will attend. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available at KVNF Radio in Paonia, Hardin’s Natural Foods in Hotchkiss and at the Delta County Democratic Party offices. For information, call 921-4855.

Western Colorado Congress will meet

• Western Colorado Congress will sponsor best-selling author and political commentator David Sirota at its annual meeting Saturday in Montrose. Sirota will speak at 6 p.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.
    Visit http://wccongress.org/annual_ meeting.htm for information.

Gateway Dynamite Shoot scheduled

• GATEWAY — The Gateway Dynamite Shoot will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Gateway-Unaweep Fire Department. There will be breakfast, historical presentations and a craft fair. For information, call 931-2214.

Five are named Cinderella Royalty

• Nadia Fontenot, Sara Kuta, Jordan Monger, Mikaela Herrick and Carissa Robinson were named Fruita Cinderella Royalty at the Fruita Cinderella Pageant. The girls competed in casual wear, talent, personality and party wear.

Electric Association offers student trip

• MONTROSE — The Delta-Montrose Electric Association is offering a trip to Washington, D.C., next June to the National Rural Electric Tour for one student in Montrose or Delta counties. Applications are due Jan. 2
Spokesman Ryan Henn said applicants must be 16 by the time of the June 11 trip and live in a household that gets its power from the electric cooperative. Students must submit a 250-word essay, a 10- to 15-minute video, drawing, computer graphic or other creative work related to electricity.
Download applications from http://www.dmea.com or call Henn at 970-240-1210. Applications then can be mailed to Henn at DMEA at P.O. Box 910, Montrose 81402.

State gets $2 million to help veterans

• DENVER — Colorado has won a $2 million grant to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, brain injuries or similar disorders who are entering the criminal justice system.
The state Department of Human Services says its behavioral health division expects to receive $400,000 annually over the next five years. The money from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration would go to a project that aims to reduce the number of veterans with trauma spectrum disorders entering the criminal justice system.


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