Local Briefs, Nov. 21, 2009

Safety fair vendors sought for February

The Mesa County Safety Council will sponsor its 2010 Safety Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 11-12 at Mesa Mall. The council promotes safety at home, work and play for children.

Vendors interested in participating should call Steve at 243-9392 or go to http://www.mesacountysafetycouncil.org for information.

CSU student featured soloist at concert

Palisade High School graduate Julia Rose Williams recently was featured as a soloist in Colorado State University’s fall dance concert “La Bayadere.”

Williams is studying at CSU with the newly appointed associate professor of ballet, Carol Roderick.

County offices will close for holiday

Mesa County Administrative Offices will be closed Nov. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The two-day closure includes the Health Department and Department of Human Services, 510 29 1/2 Road; Planning and Public Works departments, 750 Main St.; Regional Transportation Office, 525 S. Sixth St.; and the offices at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., such as the clerk and recorder, treasurer and assessor. This applies to all clerk and recorder branches.

The Mesa County Animal Services’ shelter will be closed, but officers will be available to deal with any public safety issues. The closure does not include the Sheriff’s Department, Coroner’s Office or Criminal Justice Services.

Christmas tree permits available soon

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands will be available at BLM offices in Grand Junction and Silt beginning Monday.

Permits can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road. Permits are also available seven days a week at the Glade Park Store, 16498 DS Road. Call 244-3000 for information.

Permits are $10 per tree and are for pi&#241on pine and juniper trees only. A map detailing where tree cutting is permitted is available with the permit, along with directions and a list of rules.

Permits for BLM lands administered by the Glenwood Springs Field Office can be purchased Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2300 River Frontage Road Field Office in Silt. Call 876-9000 for information.

Ute Water participates in food drive

Ute Water is participating in a Food Drive for Catholic Outreach through Nov. 25 and is inviting the public to donate nonperishable food items for those less fortunate in our community.

Drop-off locations include the Ute Water administrative office building, 560 25 Road; Building No. 2 (transmission and distribution) also at 560 25 Road; and the treatment plant in Palisade.

Ute Water also will go to homes to pick up donations if you are unable to make it to one of the locations. Call Joseph Burtard at 242-7491 for pickup or information.

$15,000 grant given to Riverside center

Riverside Educational Center has received a $15,000 Daniels Fund Grant.

The center provides after-school tutoring and enrichment activities for student of all grades who are academically and financially challenged.

Tax-Aide Program seeks volunteers

The AARP-sponsored Tax-Aide Program is seeking volunteers to prepare tax returns for low- to middle-income taxpayers of all ages.

Returns are computer-generated using an easy-to-use program called Tax Wise. Training will be Jan. 12-15. It is not necessary to be retired or a member of AARP. Volunteers do not need a particular background or to be tax knowledgeable. However, a person should be comfortable using a computer and e-mail.

Four sites will be open for tax preparation Feb. 1-April 15. Most volunteers work from 9 a.m. to noon or noon to 3 p.m., once or twice a week. Call John Nelson at 523-8083 for more information.


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