Briefs, Sept. 2, 2017

The Skyline Trail on top of the Grand Mesa off Hwy.65 is now under construction.The parking area is being expanded and enlarged.

Firefighters fill boots for muscle disease

The Grand Junction Professional Firefighters Local 2808 will show its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign by hitting the storefronts this weekend with boots in hand, asking customers to make a donation to MDA.

Firefighters will be out today through Monday at City Market stores at First Street and Rood Avenue, 12th Street and Patterson Road, Orchard Mesa and 24 Road, as well as Sam’s Club.

Proceeds help children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

Small grant applications now accepted


The Western Colorado Community Foundation is accepting applications to the Mesa County Small Grants Fund.

Small grants, ranging from $250–$500 are available for Mesa County projects, in which a small amount of money in the right places will make a difference. Organizations must be a registered 501(c) (3) with both the IRS and the Colorado Secretary of State.

Applications are available at and must be received by Friday, Sept. 29. 

Call Tedi Gillespie at 243-3767 for information.

Paving to begin on Buckskin Road


Work will begin next week to put the final touches on Buckskin Road, a main route to the top of Grand Mesa from Collbran.

Buckskin Road, also known as 58½ Road, will be shut down beginning Tuesday for about 30 days as the contractor, M.A. Construction, works to pave, install curbs and gutters, and place new guardrails along its route.

The road has been open since mid-May as a gravel road.

The $3.1 million job became a necessity three years ago when the route, which rises steeply as it heads south out of Collbran, failed as soils subsided beneath it.

Mesa County and the state each kicked in $1.65 million for the repairs, which have included shoring up the route.

While the road was frequently used by people headed to the mesa, it also was a popular route for oil and gas industry-related vehicles.

The closure is expected to last about 30 days and is on track to come in about $400,000 under the contract bid, the county said.

Grand Mesa-bound traffic will be detoured to 57½ Road and then to OE Road until the project is complete.

Xcel needs volunteers on Day of Service


Xcel Energy is calling for volunteers to join Xcel Energy employees and their families in its effort to help nonprofit organizations during the seventh annual Day of Service from 8–11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Grand Junction has three projects that need about 70 volunteers.

■ Riverside Education Center needs 22 volunteers to take part in the neighborhood graffiti cleanup.

■ Tamarisk Coalition needs 22 volunteers to help remove a weed barrier at the Center on 25¾ Road.

■ Strive will need 25 volunteers working to improve the Western Colorado Botanical Center.

Project lists and ways to sign are online at

Substitute driver, craft assistant needed

    Mesa County RSVP has a number of volunteer opportunities for individuals ages 55 and older:

■ Setting up a potluck meal for low-vision clients at the Center for Independence.

■ Assisting seniors with crafts at Eagle Ridge of Grand Valley.

■ Radar trailer placement for the city of Grand Junction,

■ Substitute driver to deliver Gray Gourmet meals to homebound seniors.

Call 243-9839 or visit for information.

Attendant shoved, passenger arrested


PHOENIX — Authorities say a man was arrested and removed from a Southwest Airlines flight about to depart from Phoenix to Denver after he repeatedly ignored requests to fasten his seat belt and shoved a flight attendant.

Police say 58-year-old David Clyne Dutson of Tucson was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor assault Wednesday night at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

A police probable-cause statement says all passengers were taken off the flight after Dutson refused to leave the plane and then police arrested him. Dutson was released from jail Thursday after making an initial court appearance.


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