Briefs: news Sept. 26, 2009

Butterfly release today at botanical gardens

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will release butterflies in its butterfly house at 1 p.m. today. Visitors can see up close the variety of butterflies that are native to Colorado and the southern part of the United States.

Second Amendment meeting tonight

The Pro Second Amendment Committee will have its Informed Gun Owners Conference at 7 p.m. today at the Masonic Lodge, 2400 Consistory Court.

James Warner, who is retired as an attorney with the legal office of the National Rifle Association, is the guest speaker. Warner served as a Marine officer in Vietnam and was a domestic policy adviser to President Reagan from 1985-89.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

Call 464-5177 for information.

Veterans information event Oct. 23 in GJ

The eighth annual Veterans Stand Down has been set for Oct. 23 at the old City Market Warehouse,  First Street and West Colorado Avenue.

The event is open to veterans from 9 a.m. to noon. From noon to 3 p.m., it will open to the community.

The event offers veterans information about social services, winter clothing and medical care.

Call 242-0731, extension 2407, for information.

BLM, conservation group will have trail day Oct. 10

The Bureau of Land Management and Western Colorado Conservation Corps call on volunteers to help build a trail and celebrate recent additions to the Lunch Loop trail system on Oct. 10.

The Lunch Loop trail system is at the north end of the 142-mile Tabeguache Trail, which connects Grand Junction and Montrose. The new yet-to-be-named trail will create a two-mile loop around the rim of a mesa on the eastern side of the trail system.

The event will be staged at the Tabeguache trail head three miles from downtown Grand Junction. Food and beverages will be served and raffle prizes offered during celebration of National Public Lands Day, which will be after work. Registration is required by Oct. 7.
All registered volunteers will receive a free National Public Lands Day T-shirt.

For information and to register for the event, visit, click “search,” then enter keywords “lunch loop” and click search again. Click on the National

Public Lands Day opportunity then click the “register button.”

You can also call Kris Adams at 241-1027.

Advocates sought for seniors in facilities

The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to serve as advocates for residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Mesa County.

A one-year commitment is requested and training will be provided.

Call Rob Huff at 243-7940, extension 111, for information.


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