Briefs: Mobile Junction December 18, 2008

AMY HAMILTON/The Daily Sentinel
Dolores Schroeder of Fruita gazes at a collection of locals’ photos displayed at the Colorado National Monument visitor center.

Monument visitors center highlights photos

• A montage on the wall inside the Colorado National Monument’s visitor center speaks volumes.
It shows smiling faces of hikers, young and old; and car buffs posing against a backdrop of the fiery red rocks. There are couples on their wedding days; and park rangers from then and now, standing tall and proud in green uniforms. You can even find historical shots, never published before, like a black and white photograph of early park pioneer John Otto building trail. There’s Eleanor Caroline (Gibbs) pushing a friend up a rock. The girls graduated in Grand Junction High School’s class of 1923.
Don’t forget Leroy Lewis, now 97 and still living in the Grand Valley. The strapping young man is standing tall atop a sign for directing the way to the monument’s coke ovens
As the first photo project of its kind, park officials encouraged folks to submit their favorite pics of themselves enjoying the monument.
The response was overwhelming, and the display now takes up nearly a whole wall at the center. The recently remodeled center is located a few miles past the park’s west entrance.

Delta couple narrowly avoids scam

• Delta couple Joe and Dorothy Jones did what nearly any good grandparents would do when they got word one of their grandsons was in a bind.
Trouble was, the person who telephoned saying he was their 21-year-old grandson Levi, and needed cash fast, was actually a scammer.
Thankfully the Joneses, who live on a fixed income, couldn’t come up with the $4,000 the caller requested be sent to Canada via a Western Union money order purchased at a local Wal-Mart.
“The first thing (the caller) said was don’t tell my folks,” Dorothy said. “When (the scammer) called they said, ‘Don’t you recognize me?’ There was absolutely no reason to question it.”
Together Dorothy and Joe have 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Dorothy, 80, and Joe, 73, said they can’t be sure who’s who on the telephone simply from a brief conversation, a trick on which scammers rely.

Station trades air time for sign space

• Message boards along North Avenue lately tout their praises for the radio station Drive 105, at 105.3 FM.

“Drive 105 is the best!” proclaims the board hovering above Verizon Wireless at 2826 North Ave. Across the street, the board for The New Dragon Wall Chinese Buffet, says “Drive 105.3 is Number One.” Underneath, the restaurant lists its lunch specials.

Employee Chris Finlayson at Verizon said the radio station contacted his business to place the wording up on the board in exchange for free over-the-air advertising. Verizon will keep the station’s ad on its board through the month, he said. The business put it there in November.

“Normally we would have to pay for commercials,” Finlayson said.

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