Briefs, March 29, 2014

Funding is offered for fire mitigation

The West Region Wildfire Council is offering opportunities for private landowners or groups of private landowners to apply for funding assistance to help with costs associated with reducing hazardous fuels on private property.

Landowners and homeowners have the opportunity to apply for assistance for implementing defensible space around homes, completing landscape-scale fuels reduction projects, conducting neighborhood chipping events, or completing demonstration sites in communities to encourage further mitigation work.

The West Region Wildfire Council’s financial assistance for wildfire mitigation activities provides up to a 75 percent cost share for eligible projects. WRWC will accept applications through Dec. 31 or until available funds have been expended.

Applications and more information is at, or call Lilia Falk with the West Region Wildfire Council at 249-8407 ext. 125.

Shimmy mob set as abuse fundraiser


The 2014 International Shimmy Mob is planned for May 10 and area belly dancers are invited to sign up to take part in the event that benefits victims of abuse.

Shimmy Mob is a “flash mob” performance type event, the largest of its kind by the number of geographical territory covered in one day. The event will take place in more than 160 cities worldwide. Grand Junction is one of six cities in Colorado that will participate.

Beginner to all levels of dancers are invited to participate. Registration deadline is April 4. To register or for more information see Shimmy Mob Colorado on Facebook, go, or call Jan Stanko at 250-8700.

Girl scouts and library seeks volunteers


RSVP, a volunteer program for ages 55 and older has a variety of volunteer opportunities:

■ Mesa County RSVP, office assistant for Monday and Wednesday

■ Girl Scouts of Colorado, facilitators for Girls are Great

■ Mesa County Libraries, literacy tutors.

Call 243-9839 or visit for more opportunities.

Homeowner: Shooting in self-defense


DENVER — A Denver homeowner involved in a fatal shooting has told police he found a stranger taking things from his house, and that he fired when the stranger charged him.

The district attorney is reviewing the March 18 shooting. No charges have been filed.

A police affidavit for a search warrant says the homeowner told police he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, and that the stranger tried to grab the gun from him.

Police said they found the shooting victim lying on the driveway with a backpack and a computer box nearby. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Denver medical examiner identified the victim as 52-year-old Dwayne Kelly and said he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Utah regents approve 4% tuition hike


ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Utah Board of Regents has approved a 4 percent tuition hike for public colleges and universities.

The Deseret News reports the board Friday approved the smallest statewide tuition increase in over a decade.

It also voted to allow the University of Utah, Utah State University and Snow College to raise tuition by up to 2 percent.

Commissioner of Higher Education David Buhler said more state dollars from the Legislature this year will ease the financial burden on students.


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