Lions Club gives $64,000 to develop Las Colonias Park

Long-planned Las Colonias Park got a nudge toward development Monday when the Grand Junction Lions Club donated $64,000 for the park, the first payment toward a $300,000 total donation to the project.

Las Colonias Park is part of the Riverfront Project and is to be developed along the Colorado River in south downtown, on the site where a sugar-beet mill and uranium mill once stood.

“Without the Lions Club support, this project probably wouldn’t have moved forward,” said Rob Schoeber, director of the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department.

The city had set aside $30,000 to update a 2007 master plan for development of Las Colonias and that work should be complete by the first half of the year. The city then has set aside $150,000 for construction.

With the Lions Club contribution, “We can start to do some real serious work on that project,” Schoeber said.

The Lions Club pledged to make its $300,000 contribution over six years.

Funding for the grants made by the Lions Club come from the sale of raffle tickets for its annual parade and carnival.

The Lions Club made contributions to eight other projects, including $11,000 for playground equipment at Loma Elementary School; $8,100 for three vision screeners at the Mesa County Health Department; $2,500 for canopy shades for the Grand Junction Little League; and $3,600 for interactive boards at Mesa View Elementary School.

Mesa County Junior Football received $7,500 for helmets, and Hilltop Community Resources was awarded $15,500 toward an alternative treatment unit.

The Western Slope Center for Children received $5,100 for a case-tracking system, and Grand Junction High School received $7,700 for ballpark upgrades.

Tickets for the Lions Club annual Feb. 16 carnival and parade go on sale today.

Trial dates set for two Parachute men


BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana judge has set trial dates for the two men accused in the murder of Sidney high school teacher Sherry Arnold. Michael Keith Spell and Lester Van Waters Jr., both of Parachute, Colo., have pleaded not guilty to charges they grabbed Arnold from a Sidney street, killed her and buried her body in a North Dakota field.

On Monday, state District Judge Richard Simonton set trial dates of Nov. 4 for Waters and Jan. 6, 2014 for Spell.

Couple plead guilty in poaching case


GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Shay and Krysta Trulove of Carbondale pleaded guilty to different charges last month after they were accused of shooting two deer, including the buck, on one license.

Krysta Trulove was convicted of illegal hunting of trophy-sized game animals, ordered to pay nearly $10,500 and forfeit her firearm. Shay Trulove pleaded guilty to illegal possession of wildlife and hunting without a license. He must pay more than $1,900 and forfeit his firearm and meat from the poached buck.


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