Briefs, Dec. 18, 2009

Feds to burn slash piles in Mesa County

Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning to burn slash piles in Mesa County.

Crews will aim to burn up to 300 piles on Black Ridge west of Colorado National Monument, 100 piles on the Uncompahgre Plateau south of Colorado Highway 141, and 60 piles five miles east of the town of Mesa.

The piles were generated from fuels reduction projects. Crews will conduct the burns when weather, moisture and fuel conditions allow through March.

During burn periods, smoke is likely to be visible from the town of Mesa, and the Black Ridge burns will be visible from Grand Junction, Fruita and Loma. Call 244-3097 for information.

Letter carriers raise money for MDA

The National Association of Letter Carriers, Local Branch 913, raised funds during its Bowl-A-Thon on Dec. 13 to send one Mesa Development Association client to the MDA Summer Camp in Empire this summer.

Local mail carriers still are working toward sending another child to the camp and are accepting donations.

Call 244-3407 or 244-3435 or contact your city or rural carrier for information.

Service club taking grant applications

The Junior Service League is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that support programs for children. The postmark deadline for applications is Dec. 31.

Go to for information and criteria for applying, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Program seeking senior volunteers

Mesa County RSVP is seeking volunteers ages 55 and older for a number of opportunities:

Mosaic is looking for craft project facilitators as well as administrative/clerical volunteers, direct support volunteers, and marketing volunteers.

Retail assistant needed for Uniquely Yours and retirement program assistant needed for Mesa Developmental Services.

Outreach volunteers are needed to help low-income Medicare recipients sign up for Social Security extra help (this is a Mesa County RSVP SHIP Project).

Hospice and Palliative Care needs a medical records filing clerk and retail store associates for the Heirlooms for Hospice Store.

Drivers and meal-site volunteers needed for Gray Gourmet.

Museum docents needed at Museum of Western Colorado.

Call 243-9839 or go to for more information and opportunities.

County offices closed for Christmas

Mesa County administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24-25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

This two-day closure includes the Health Department and Department of Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road; Planning and Public Works, 750 Main St.; all the offices at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., such as the clerk and recorder, treasurer and assessor; as well as the Regional Transportation Planning Office, 525 S. Sixth St. This applies to all clerk and recorder branch offices as well.

Mesa County Animal Services’ shelter will be closed, but officers will be on-call. The closure does not include the Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office or Criminal Justice Services.


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