Briefs, Sept. 25, 2013

Fundraiser for Colorado flood victims

A fundraiser for the Colorado flood victims is under way and the public is invited to donate items to the cause.

Donations of non-perishable food, toiletries, water, baby food, diapers, pet food and more will be accepted at the Grand Junction Flea Market, 515 S. Seventh St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Colorado Flood Relief and Fundraising concerts, happening at the Flea Market, will feature live music Saturday and Sunday. No Outlet will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Bands scheduled for Sunday are Desert Moon 10 to 11 a.m., No Outlet 11:20 to 12:20 p.m., Retrospectacle 12:40 to 1:40 p.m., Hugh Plumleigh 1:50 to 2:50 p.m., and Flat Top Reed, 3 to 4 p.m.

Donation items can also be dropped off at Lewco Warehouse Co., 433 South Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

All items collected will be given to the American Red Cross and will be distributed through Longmont Community Foundation. Old Dominion Freight lines Inc. will haul the donations to the flood victims.

Water panel needs Western Slope rep


A citizens advisory committee to Denver Water has an opening for a western Colorado representative.

The water agency is seeking a member of its advisory board from Mesa, Delta, Montrose or Garfield counties.

The 10-member board typically meets the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Board Room at Denver Water, 1600 W. 12th Ave., Denver.

Applicants must U.S. citizens and have resided in Colorado for at least five years.

The open position is for a three-year term beginning in January.

Application forms are available online at and are due Oct. 11.

The committee will interview selected candidates via phone or in person on Nov. 21, 2013 and forward two nominations to the Denver Board of Water Commissioners for final selection.

Shooting range to be overhauled


Improvements to the 27 1/4 Road shooting range north of Grand Junction are scheduled to be completed next week.

A $20,000 shooting range improvement project began July 23 and was scheduled to be completed Aug. 22. Rain delayed completion and the project is now slated to end Oct. 3. 

The shooting range may be closed at times to accommodate work crews. Closures will typically occur during the day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. While work on improvements will focus these days, the range is subject to being closed anytime through Oct. 3. 

Closure information will be available at, posted at 27 1/4 Road and the range, or by calling the Bureau of Land Management, 244-3000.

To mark National Public Lands Day, volunteers will be cleaning debris and trash from the range beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. The range will be shut down during cleaning for safety reasons.

Visitors’ input sought for forests


Beginning next week, personnel from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) will conduct Recreation Visitor Use Surveys on the Forest.

The purpose of the survey is to identify the kinds and levels of use on the forest and to help the Forest Service to gauge visitor satisfaction.

Public participation is voluntary and the time needed to complete it is approximately 10 minutes. Forest employees are trained to do the surveys and will be identified as such. Signs will be posted in the survey areas to notify locals and visitors alike. All information given is confidential and visitors will not be asked to give their name or other means of identification.

Visit for more information.

Medicare seminar set for Oct. 2


The Mesa County RSVP Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will help unravel the mysteries of Medicare at its free Medicare 101 educational seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 2, at the RSVP office, 422 White Ave., in the lower level of the US Bank Building.

The seminar is specifically for new Medicare beneficiaries.

Seating is limited. Call 243-9839 to reserve a seat.

Organization seeks senior volunteers


RSVP, volunteer program exclusively for people ages 55 and older, has a number of volunteer opportunities available.

■ Grand Villa Assisted Living needs a receptionist

■ RSVP,  office volunteer

■ Fruita Thrift Shop, warehousemen and counter help

■ Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley, front door greeter

■ HopeWest Hospice, variety of volunteer opportunities

Call 243-9839 or visit for many more volunteer opportunities.


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