Briefs, Nov. 10, 2011

Highway 13 work halted for winter

Reconstruction work on two miles of Colorado Highway 13 near Meeker is being suspended for the winter. The Colorado Department of Transportation said it is removing equipment from the construction area from mile markers 25 to 27 this week, and work will resume in late April.

Starting last month, crews took advantage of favorable weather to get a head start on the project, doing erosion-control work and replacement of pipes and culverts. Crews will be rebuilding the road from the ground up, widening shoulders, increasing visibility and adding guardrails, among other work.

Old Castle United Companies was awarded a $4.9 million contract for the project. It’s scheduled for completion by next November.

3 Central students finalists in tourney

Central High School participated in a speech and debate tournament Nov. 5 at Pomona High School in Arvada.

Central student Deanna Wright placed first in creative storytelling, and classmate Nikki Nickerson placed sixth in the same category. Central student Kara Riddle placed sixth in interpretation of humor.

Students who place in the top six are finalists, and a first-place winner is the tournament champion in a certain category.

No other Mesa County high schools competed in the tournament.

Garfield sheriff to give safety class

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department will provide a presentation on Community Personal Safety for Parents, Students and Staff at 4 p.m. today at Grand Valley Center for Family Learning, 100 E. Second St. in Parachute.

The session is open and free. Call 665-0200 for more information.

Fire crews to burn on monument

Federal fire crews from the upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit will burn slash piles in Colorado National Monument this winter. The slash piles were generated from a hazardous-fuel-reduction project that removed pinyon and juniper ladder fuels from a fiber-optic communication right-of-way near DS Road and Rim Rock Drive junction.

Burning will take place when weather conditions are favorable for lifting smoke out of the area, and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels.

Call 858-3617, Ext. 300, for information.

Group to screen river documentary

Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County will have its membership meeting from 3–7 p.m. Saturday at the meeting hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1022 Grand Ave. Members and interested citizens will gather for a combination of business, education and pleasure.

A short documentary, “The Work of 1000,” about environmental pioneer Marion Stoddart and her beloved Nashua River, also will be screened. Take a dish for the potluck supper.

Membership in the WCC is $55 per family or $35 per individual. Visit for more information or call 256-7650.

Online auction set for Discover Ability

Colorado Discover Ability is raising funds through an online bidding auction through Friday.

Proceeds from the auction will support CDA’s mission of increasing the independence, self confidence, self worth and education of people with disabilities, their families and friends, through outdoor recreation.

Visit Bidding for Good, at For information, call Lisa Wabel at 257-1222.


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