Briefs, Oct. 29, 2009

U.S. 6 access plan meeting today

A meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today about an access plan for U.S. Highway 6 west of Grand Junction and Colorado Highway 139. The meeting will be at La Quinta Inn & Suites, 570 Raptor Road in Fruita.

The plan includes the section of U.S. 6 between Redlands Parkway and 12 Road and Colorado 139 between N 1⁄4 Road and Interstate 70.  Representatives from Colorado Department of Transportation, Mesa County, the city of Fruita, the city of Grand Junction and consultant Hartwig & Associates will be available to address questions or concerns about the plan.

Additional information is available at http://www.dot.state.co.us/travelinfo/studies.htm.

Wells Fargo giving funds to organizations

Sixteen nonprofit organizations in Mesa County will receive a total of $12,000 from the Wells Fargo Community Assistance Fund during a reception today.

The organizations are: the Alzheimer’s Association; Child and Migrant Services; the Clifton Christian Church food and clothing program; the Counseling and Education Center; Court Appointed Special Advocates; the Fruita Thrift Shop; Girls on the Run of the Grand Valley; and Grand Junction Imagination Library.

Also: How are the Children?; the Mesa County RSVP Handyman Project; the Mesa County RSVP Senior Scholar Project; Riverside Education Center; Strong Families Safe Kids; The Tree House Center for Youth Inc.; the Western Colorado Math and Science Center;  and the Western Slope Center for Children.

Salvation Army seeks turkey donations

The Salvation Army needs turkeys for its community Thanksgiving dinner, which will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Elks Lodge, 249 S. Fourth St.

Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner.

Call Sibyl Marsh at 242-7513 for information regarding donations of turkeys and other items or for information or delivery of a meal to shut-ins.

Meeting set for VA hospital improvements

The Society of American Military Engineers will have a presentation at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5 about infrastructure projects that are planned for the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and about the contracting process. The meeting will be at the Egg and I, 120 Park Drive, which in the new shopping center at First Street and Patterson Road.

People who attend will purchase their own lunch.  RSVP to Derek Ulehla at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

BLM will have Halloween cleanup

The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office is seeking volunteers helpers for the Halloween Desert Cleanup and Costume Party from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Participants should dress up and meet north of Grand Junction at the end of the pavement near the cattle guard at 27 1/4 Road. They will then fan out on foot and in vehicles and collect trash, which will be hauled back to the staging point.

Sign up at http://www.volunteeroutdoors.net or call Kris Adams at 241-1027, ext. 16, or the BLM, 244-3000.

Soil conservation dinner set for Nov. 6

The Mount Sopris, Bookcliff and South Side conservation districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service will have their annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at Ramada Inn in Glenwood Springs.

The evening’s events will include a social hour, dinner and a program honoring the rancher of the year. Cost is $30 per person.

Call the Natural Resources Conservation Service district office at 945-5494, ext. 105 for reservations by Friday.

Organizations receive pet rescue funds

Maddie’s Fund, a pet rescue foundation, has awarded $40,000 toward the elimination of euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats on the Western Slope.

Organizations receiving funds include the Grand Rivers Humane Society, $10,000; Mesa County Animal Services, $8,000; Cats League and Assistance of the Western Slope, $6,000; Roice-Hurst Humane Society, $6,000; Montrose Animal Services, $4,400; Second Chance Humane Society, $2,000; Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control, $800; City of Delta Animal Services, $800; and Delta County Animal Services, $400.


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