Briefsl: Local News October 02, 2008

Voter forum planned on ballot issues

From 6 to 8 p.m., today, at the Mesa County Courthouse on Sixth Street and Rood Ave., the League of Women Voters of Mesa County and Kids Voting Mesa County will host a forum to discuss four ballot issues.

•  Referred Measure 1A: A proposal to increase the board of Mesa County Commissioners from three to five.

•  Referred Measure 2A/2B: A proposed .25-percent tax increase for public safety buildings.

•  Amendment 48: Definition of a person.

•  Amendment 58: Deals with severance tax on the oil and natural gas industry.

Wells Fargo gives to nonprofits

• Wells Fargo Bank gave $12,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations in Mesa County. The recipients are: Alzheimer’s Association; Child and Migrant Services; Clifton Christian Church Food and Clothing; Colorado Discover Ability; Counseling and Education Center; Fruita Thrift Shop; Good News Jail and Prison Ministry; Grand Valley Senior Daybreak; Mesa County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program–Handy Man Project; Mesa County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program–Senior Scholar Project; Riverside Educational Center; Strong Families, Safe Kids; Two Chairs Theater Company; and the Western Slope Center for Children.

United Way conducting eligibility review

• The United Way of Mesa County is conducting an eligibility review for those applying for United Way funds. To receive an eligibility packet, call 243-5364. Deadline for completion is Oct. 24.

Chamber candidate breakfast Oct. 14

• The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce will have a candidate breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Whitman Building, 248 N. Fourth St. The event is sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the Grand Junction Area Realtors Association. Cost is $15 and registration is required. For information, call 242-3214 or visit

Expo to be held in Delta Oct. 17-18

• An energy expo will be held in Delta Oct. 17-18. Hosted by the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, the Alternative Energy Expo will feature two full days of free exhibits and workshops. Emphasis will be on renewable and alternative energy sources, including micro-hydro, where farmers and ranchers can learn how to get energy from water, including irrigation ditches.
Energy expert Randy Udall will also speak at the Delta Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 with an admission fee of $20. Call 527-5307, ext. 202 for more information.
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Colorado’s Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate, Bob Kinsey, will deliver a speech at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 1022 Grand Ave., at 7 p.m. Nov. 16, his campaign announced Wednesday.
Kinsey is vying against Republican Bob Schaffer and Democrat Mark Udall to replace outgoing Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.
Kinsey’s speech is open to the public.

Town hall meeting on Oct. 21 at Two Rivers

• The Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation group will have a town hall meeting at noon on Oct. 21 at Two Rivers Convention Center. The meeting will discuss the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Section 5 as it relates to uranium workers who have become ill due to exposure to a toxic substance while working in the mine between January 1942 and December 1971. Members of the United States Department of Justice and Traveling Resource Center personnel will be available for questions and to help file compensation forms.


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