Local Briefs, Jan.15, 2010

Reservists’ send-off slated this morning

The public send-off and procession of the deploying 282nd Army Engineer Co. reservists will likely tie up traffic for commuters this morning.

The procession will begin around 8 a.m., traveling from Orchard Mesa, north over the Fifth Street bridge, and then east on Pitkin Avenue, and the Interstate 70 Business Loop.

Grand Junction Police Department officers will briefly block intersections in the city at Unaweep Avenue and U.S. Highway 50, as well as along the I-70 Business Loop from Fifth Street to 28 Road. Beyond the city limits along the I-70 Business Loop, Sheriff’s Department deputies will block intersections for the unit to travel safely as a group.

Deputies and officers on this detail will be on their normal shift, so no additional costs to the city or county will be accrued to provide this service.

It is not anticipated that intersections along the route will be blocked for a significant amount of time, but it may cause some traffic delays.

People driving to work should consider alternate routes.

Educational center needs volunteers

Riverside Educational Center is seeking volunteers to help students with homework and basic reading and math skills.

The center is a nonprofit organization that provides after-school tutoring and enrichment to qualifying kindergarten through 12th-grade students who face academic and financial challenges.

Volunteer commitment is as little as two hours per week. Call Jill at 589-1737 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information, or download a volunteer application at http://www.REC4kids.com.

$750 Altrusa grant funds 46th Art Fair

Altrusa International Inc. of Grand Junction received a $750 grant from the Altrusa International Foundation that will be used to support Altrusa’s 46th annual Art Fair in April at the Art Center.

The Art Fair features middle and high school art students chosen by their teachers to enter their work to be judged by local artists.

The fair includes a reception, and awards are presented.

Sheriff offers $500 college scholarship

Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey is offering a $500 scholarship to a college student or graduating high school senior.

The student must be enrolled in or applying to a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in Colorado as a full- or part-time student. This scholarship is offered to one student in each Colorado county through County Sheriffs of Colorado Inc. and the state sheriffs’ association.

Scholarship applicants will be judged on criteria that include leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.

Applications are at http://www.csoc.org or can be picked up at the Sheriff’s Department records counter, 215 Rice St. Applications deadline is Feb. 26.

Students receive school honors

Area students have been recognized recently:

Morgan Zanski, a student at West Middle School, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Zanski will join a select group of students Nov. 8-12 in Washington, D.C., to study leadership and explore some of the United States’ most prominent monuments and institutions.

Jesse Fife of Grand Junction, a sophomore environmental studies major at the University of Colorado in Boulder was named to the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s list for the fall semester.

Gloves sought for Warming Hands

The Warming Hands project is continuing the collection of gloves for the needy through the winter months.

Any pair of gloves in good condition will be accepted, and other warm items such as socks and hats will be accepted.

Collection boxes are in Fruita at Turn the Page Bookstore, 119 Aspen Ave.; American National Bank inside City Market; U.S. Bank, 412 Kokopelli Ave.; Rib City, 455E Kokopelli Ave., and Mail Post, 405D Kokopelli Ave.

In Grand Junction, collection boxes are at Gala Affair, 2650 North Ave., No. 10, and Heirlooms for Hospice, 635 Main St.

In Palisade, items can be dropped off at Meadery of the Rockies.


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