Briefs, Oct. 15, 2009

REI gives $5K to monument for program

Colorado National Monument received $5,000 from Recreational Equipment, Inc. to be used to give local youth the opportunity to camp on the monument. The “Gearing Kids Up For the Great Outdoors” grant will show kids that you don’t have to travel far to have a great time camping at a national park.

Teachers from Mesa County Valley School District 51 can check-out camping gear from the park on a reservation basis. The gear loan program will give students first-hand outdoor experiences.

BLM seeks comment on gas exploration

SILT—The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on oil and gas exploration and development proposal on federal lands and minerals six miles southwest of Rifle.

Williams Production has submitted the Flatiron Mesa Master Plan of Development which proposes to place 93 wells on BLM land beginning this fall. It would include the construction of new access roads and miles of pipeline. The BLM will begin an environmental assessment on the plan but wants to address specific issues and public concerns. Written comments and questions can be sent to the Glenwood Springs Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt 81652. Also send comments via E-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Consultants attend Salt Lake convention

Val Parrish and Karissa Kellerstrass attended the annual Scentsy Convention in Salt Lake City. Parrish and Kellerstrass are independent consultants for the party planning company.

Habitat raffling off Montrose home

MONTROSE—Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County is selling raffle tickets to win a house in Montrose. Each ticket costs $100. The home is located at 925 S. Second St. and has a new roof, insulation, windows, cabinets, shower and counter. Tickets are available at the Restore shop, 311 N. Fourth St. Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or online at The house is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday.  The drawing will take place at noon Dec. 31. For information, call 252-9304.

Martial arts studio plans safety fair

High Desert Martial Arts will have a safety fair for kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,. The fair is free. There will be DNA kits, digital fingerprinting, a climbing wall, mock crime scene, bump ‘n’ jump and safety advice. For information, call 243-8010.

Ranchers offered estate planning advice

The Colorado State University Extension office will have two seminars regarding estate planning for farmers and ranchers next week. The first seminar will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Delta/Montrose Vo-Tech, 1765 U.S. Highway 50 in Delta. The second will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50 in Grand Junction. Registration is required by Friday. Call 835-3821 for information.

Seniors invited to learn about, avoid crime

Seniors in Mesa County can learn about fraud and crimes against seniors through Western Colorado 211. The Mesa County GOLD Seniors Commission will host a telephone town hall meeting for interested senior citizens from 3 to 4 p.m. today. To participate, call toll free 1-877-229-8493. When prompted enter pin number 14939. For more information about the Mesa County Seniors Initiative, visit


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