Briefs, Dec. 25, 2009

City offices closed today and Jan. 1

City of Grand Junction offices will be closed today in observance of Christmas Day and Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.

City trash and recycling collection will be one day late for Friday customers both weeks. Pickup will be on Saturday instead. Downtown parking spaces that have a meter covered by a red plastic bag, including spaces on the first level of the new Rood Avenue parking garage, will continue to be free through Jan. 1.

Next Call-A-Lawyer Night on Jan. 21

The next Call-A-Lawyer Night, hosted by the Mesa County Bar Association, is set for Jan. 21.

People can call 256-4001 from 7 to 9 p.m. and discuss their questions with a lawyer at no charge. The service is offered the third Thursday of every other month.

GJ students honored at colleges

Area students have been honored recently at colleges out of the area.

Seven students received degrees from the University of North Colorado in Greeley during fall graduation ceremonies Dec. 11-12. They are Erin Ashley Burr and Mary Patricia Jones, both of Delta; Megan Ferree Darling and Michelle Lynn McReynolds, both of Glenwood Springs; Sara Amanda Bowers and Candace Janelle Diaz, both of Grand Junction; and Alysha Marie Uhland of New Castle.

Amy B. Bradham and Katherine M. Tadehara, both of Grand Junction, and Hannah S. Noll and Paul M. Nash, both of Montrose, were named to the honor roll fall term at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Parachute resident’s art in Smithsonian

Rebecca Talbott of Parachute is one of 500 members of the Society of Decorative Painters whose hand-painted ornaments decorate a holiday tree this season in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. Each ornament on the tree is inspired by one of the paintings in the Renwick Permanent Collection, as chosen by the decorative artist member.

This is the second ornament Talbott has had on display at the Smithsonian.

Center for Independence hours listed

MONTROSE — The Center for Independence office is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Fridays at 300 N. Cascade, Suite C10, in the Region 10 building.

The center offers free services to people with disabilities who live in Montrose, Delta, San Miguel, Ouray, Gunnison and Hinsdale counties. Call 249-3873 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

County seeks photos for document cover

Montrose County is accepting photos until 5 p.m. Feb. 1 for consideration for the cover of the updated land-use master plan.

The winning photo will be the best overall representation of Montrose County in areas including natural resources, agriculture, tourism and transportation. Photos representing the various geographical planning areas of Montrose County will be included in the master plan document.

Photos can be taken to the Montrose County Administration Building, 161 S. Townsend Ave., attention Stephanie Barnett.

There is no limit to the number of photos a person can submit. Winners will be announced Feb. 22 at the county commissioners meeting.

Call Barnett at 252-4522 for information.

Group seeking senior volunteers

Mesa County RSVP has volunteer positions available for people 55 and older:

School office assistant at Caprock Academy.

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

Medical records filing clerk for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado and retail store associate at Heirlooms for Hospice.

A cooking assistant, an activities assistant and various volunteers with musical talent who can entertain the residents at Eagle Ridge of the Grand Valley.

Board member for a School District 51 alternative school.

Drivers and meal-site volunteers for Gray Gourmet.

Museum docents for Museum of Western Colorado.

Mosaic needs a variety of volunteers, including administrative and clerical, marketing, craft and activities assistants.

Volunteers to help low-income Medicare recipients sign up for Social Security Extra Help.

Administrative assistant for Western Colorado Area Health Education Center.

Various positions at the Western Colorado Math and Science Center.

Numerous volunteer positions at St. Mary’s Hospital.

RSVP’s One Time Project.

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

Chevron gives $10,000 to food bank

Chevron donated $10,000 from its Piceance Basin contribution fund to the West Slope Food Bank of the Rockies. The company also delivered more than 400 pounds of food collected by employees of Chevron, Dex and Shaw Construction.

Chevron has been involved in natural gas development in the De Beque area.

Anti-poverty group to distribute funds

Grand Valley Peace and Justice will distribute $30,331 in contributions from its annual Alternative Christmas Fair to local, national and international nonprofit organizations. The fair provided holiday shoppers with options for giving that help lift people out of poverty in sustainable, environmentally friendly ways.

Donations to local agencies totaled $15,927.  Beneficiaries included Homeward Bound, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach and Marillac Medical and Dental Clinic.

Funds that will be distributed among national and international recipients totaled $14,404 and will include designated projects of Lutheran World Relief, Catholic Charities, Nature Conservancy and the Mennonite Central Committee.


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