Local Briefs, April 4, 2010

Exchange student will speak

HOTCHKISS — Susan Marie Kasza, an international 4-H youth exchange representative to England and Scotland, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Hotchkiss Library.

Kasza spent six months living with local families while studying and traveling in England and Scotland. Her presentation will include discussion and visual presentations related to the history, culture, food and traditions of England and Scotland.

She is a graduate of Colorado State University, holds a bachelor’s degree in animal sciences and plans to attend medical school.

The presentation is open to everyone.

Call 874-2195 for information.

‘Still Mad As Hell!’ rally set

Western Slope Conservative Alliance and Americans for Prosperity will sponsor a Tax Day Revolt Rally — “Still Mad As Hell!” at 5:30 p.m. April 15 at Lincoln Park.

The event will include food and entertainment.

Call Rose Pugliese at 589-3755 or go to http://www.wscaonline.org for information.

Volunteers needed for march

A census awareness march is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 10 at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., and the U.S. Census Bureau is seeking volunteers from nonprofit organizations to participate.

Volunteers are needed for two or three hours to walk in the downtown area, North Avenue and Mesa Mall to hand out information to the public. Volunteers will be supplied with transportation, shirts, hats, banners and literature. Youth organizations are encouraged to participate.

Call the local U.S. Census Bureau office at 270-0141 or 980-4607 to participate.

Students honored at colleges

Local students have been recognized at colleges out of the area:

Amy B. Bradham of Grand Junction and Hannah S. Noll of Montrose were named to the scholastic honor roll for the winter term at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

Lauren Nieman of Grand Junction was named a top undergraduate scholar at the College of Natural and Health Sciences’ Undergraduate Academic Scholar award ceremony at the University of Northern Colorado.

Benjamin Hogue of Grand Junction was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Gold Star Canyon Hike slated

The first Colorado National Monument Spring 2010 Walks and Talks Series event features the Gold Star Canyon Hike from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 15.

Participants can take a hike off the beaten path with Ranger Annie to explore the geology, ecology and human history of Gold Star Canyon. The five-mile round-trip hike is on moderately difficult terrain, and participants will hike off trail through rugged canyon county. Sturdy hiking shoes are strongly recommended and space is limited to 20 participants.

Preregistration is required. Call 858-3617 ext. 365/360 to register.

Backcountry skiing area shut

DENVER — A developer who purchased roughly 103 acres of mining claims near Telluride Ski Resort has closed it off to backcountry skiers and hikers.

Tom Chapman of Gold Hill Development Co. this week cited liability issues for closing the expert-only backcountry terrain near an area where Telluride recently began offering guided trips in Bear Creek drainage. Chapman for years has found isolated parcels in the middle of federal land or national parks, which he has sold for millions. He’s building a home on acreage inside Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Obama’s birth record sought

GREELEY — A Greeley native who says he’s a lieutenant colonel in the Army says he won’t go to Afghanistan until President Barack Obama provides his birth certificate showing he’s eligible to hold office. Terry Lakin said he works at the Pentagon’s DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic and is attached to a headquarters company at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Lakin says he’s “choosing to disobey” orders he says are illegal, including an order to deploy to Afghanistan at “great peril” to his career and future.


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