Local Briefs, Feb. 28, 2014

Farmers invited to Water Bank forums

The Colorado River Water Conservation District invites farmers, ranchers and others interested in agricultural water use to two Colorado River Water Bank Ag Forums on Tuesday, March 4, one in Montrose and one in Palisade.

The forums are an opportunity for irrigators to learn about the water bank concept, ask questions and share their thoughts. Irrigators’ input early on in the process is critical to evaluating the feasibility of the project.

The March 4 forums will be held at the Montrose Public Library from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and at the Palisade Wine Country Inn from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each forum will include an update on Colorado River hydrology, an overview of the Water Bank project, a question and answer session, and a chance to discuss the project and provide input.

Additional information on the water bank concept and the upcoming forums can be found on the river district’s website at http://www.crwcd.org, or by calling 945-8522.

Teen drug use is topic of two events


Two programs regarding teens and drugs will be offered next week

■ Crime Stoppers of Mesa County and Safe Kids America will host the March 2014 free community education event covering Teen Marijuana Use Part 2, as well as information on teen use of e-cigarettes.

The class is scheduled from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mesa County Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St. Seating is limited. Register for the free class at http://www.safekidsamerica.org.

■ The Coalition for a Drug Free Montrose County will host Mesa County Deputy Sheriff Chad Williams of Safe Kids America, for an informative program on heroin, prescription pain medications and the teen brain.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation will be from 7–8:30 p.m. Thursday at Montrose City Hall in the Centennial Room, on the east side of City Hall adjacent to the Centennial Plaza. The material is appropriate for adults and preteens, and parents are encouraged to bring their children.

Students invited to create safety video


The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched a statewide contest aimed at increasing awareness around the dangers of distracted driving and is inviting Colorado high school students to create a video depicting their own interpretation of what it means to live in the moment, free of distractions.

“Live Life in Slo Mo” will run through April and invites students to create a 60-second video, using Denver-based pop band Rachel and the Kings’ new hit song, “Slo Mo.”

The grand prize includes a $2,000 donation to the winning school and the opportunity to join the band on-stage while their video is featured at a Rachel and the Kings concert this spring.

Visit CDOT’sfacebook.com/ColoradoDOT to learn more and enter.

Home-based food rules explained


To increase opportunities for economic development and entrepreneurship for diverse Mesa County residents, Western Colorado Congress in partnership with Iglesia Roca Eterna and CSU Tri-County Extension, will host a bilingual public meeting to present information about the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.

The meeting, set for 6:30–8 p.m. Monday at Iglesia Roca Eterna, 1333 N. 23rd St., will focus on opportunities for developing home-based food businesses under the law in Spanish and English.

Rhonda Follman from CSU Extension will present general information about what the law allows followed by a question and answer period. CMU Spanish Professor and WCC member Tom Acker will facilitate simultaneous interpretation for the evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Call 256-7650 for more information.

Woman gets 10 years in fatal hit-and-run


DENVER — A 30-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to a fatal hit-and-run collision in Denver has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, the maximum term possible under a plea agreement.

Latoya Nelson collapsed when the judge announced the sentence in Denver District Court Thursday.

Prosecutors say 85-year-old Charlie Herrera was fatally injured in the collision on March 27. They say Nelson was driving the other car and fled after the crash.


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