Local Briefs, March 6, 2010

SAT/ACT Prep Day offered at library

Mesa County Libraries will offer a SAT/ACT Prep Day for teens from noon to 4 p.m. March 27 at the Central Library, 530 Grand Ave.

Online and print practice tests will be available in the quiet Programming Room. Call 243-4442 for information.

Free tax preparation in several locations

AARP-sponsored free tax preparation, supported by Mesa County RSVP Inc., offers computer-generated federal and state returns with e-filing for low- and middle-income taxpayers of any age through April 15.

Taxes are prepared at these locations:

U.S. Bank (basement) Fourth Street and Grand Avenue, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Park outside of the bank parking lot and enter the south door and use elevator to the basement.

Mesa County Libraries stone building at the corner of Sixth Street and Grand Avenue, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturdays.

Wells Fargo Bank, 28 Road and North Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Clifton Community Center, 126 Second St. in Clifton, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Taxpayers must have these documents: Social Security cards or other valid document with Social Security numbers for all individuals involved, driver’s license or state ID card, all income documents — W2s, 1099s etc. — and for direct deposit of refunds, a voided check with account and routing numbers.

Call 243-9839 for information.

Planning Commission to fill vacancy

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners is looking for a volunteer to fill a vacancy on the Mesa County Planning Commission.

This board reviews general land use matters and makes recommendations to the county commissioners based upon the Mesa County Land Development Code and Land Use and Development policies. Knowledge of general land use matters would be helpful.

For information on this and other ways to get involved in the Mesa County government, visit the Boards and Commissions Web page at http://www.mesacounty.us. If you are interested in volunteering, a board interest form is available online.

The deadline for applications is March 19.

Call Kathy Crane at 244-1860 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Fruita chamber plans candidate forum

The Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen Ave., in the City Council room on the second floor.

Mayor Ken Henry is running unopposed. Additional candidates running for three vacancies include Bruce Bonar, Victoria Gunyan, Lori Buck, Bob Fuller and Brandon Schuette.

The forum will have an open format, allowing the audience to submit questions in writing for screening before presentation to candidates.

Call 858-3894 for information.

Human Service Council’s breakfast set

Tuesday is the deadline to register for the Human Service Council’s annual breakfast March 16 that honors Colorado Nonprofit Week.

Announcement of the winner of the White Ribbon Leadership Award will be made at the breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

Pre-registration is required. Breakfast is $15 per person. Tables for 10 people can be reserved. Registration forms and information are online at http://www.servingmesacounty.org.

Call 248-2789 for information.

Bingo volunteers, others are sought

Mesa County RSVP Inc. connects individuals ages 55 and older to volunteer positions in any of its more than 90 agencies.

A few of the RSVP volunteer opportunities are:

Activities assistant for Eagle Ridge of the Grand Valley.

Volunteer deputy probation officer training is in April for the 21st Judicial Probation Department.

Meal-site volunteers and delivery drivers for Gray Gourmet.

WestCAP needs bingo volunteers several times a month.

Museum docents for Museum of Western Colorado.

Clothing sorter for The Salvation Army.

Variety of volunteer positions at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Call 243-9839 for visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org.

Xcel promises to cut pollution in state

DENVER — Xcel Energy is promising to cut air pollution over the next seven years.

In a deal announced Friday by Gov. Bill Ritter, the company and lawmakers will require Xcel to reduce pollutants by retiring or modifying Front Range coal-fired power plants by 2017.

The power plants would be replaced by natural gas and other, cleaner sources of power.

The company will be required to submit plans by Aug. 15 to the state Public Utilities Commission to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at coal plants by up to 80 percent over the next eight years.

Vail Resorts moves jobs to Front Range

KEYSTONE— Vail Resorts is moving some jobs to the Front Range at the end of the ski season.

The company announced it will move about 100 accounting and purchasing positions from Summit County to corporate headquarters near Boulder. Vail Resorts owns the Keystone and Breckenridge ski areas. The company says the move will allow it to more easily fill vacancies with qualified candidates. Employees will recieve the same salary, and Vail Resorts will pay some relocation costs.


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