Mobile Junction: December 02, 2008

Lisa Harmon of Polar Lites puts finishing touches on downtown holiday decorations. Photo by Amy Hamilton.



Decorator breaks arm on big night

• Professional Christmas light decorator Wes Hamon labored about 50 hours making downtown Grand Junction sparkle.
But Hamon, who runs Polar Lites, nearly missed his shining moment during Friday night’s tree lighting ceremony in front of Wells Fargo on Main Street. He fell off a mechanical lift an hour before the ceremony, breaking his left arm. When he should have been at the event he prepared many hours for, staff at St. Mary’s Hospital applied a splint to his arm. He watched the event on the television and clapped, slapping his right arm to his forehead when the lighting ceremony appeared to work seamlessly.
“It was like, ‘Light the tree, pass the Oxycontin, please,’ ” he said.

Free AIDS tests offered Monday

• Colorado’s AIDS Project offered free HIV and AIDS testing Monday in recognition of World AIDS day.
“We’re expecting a busy day,” said the group’s executive director, Mary Beth Luedtke.
Eighteen people received tests last year, though the group expected about 40 this year.
“It still happens. Infection rates have not gone down,” Luedtke said of people contracting HIV.

Sociology Club sells sweets

• Cookie, brownies, Rice Krispies!
Mesa State College junior Stephanie Dickey will do just about anything to get fellow students to buy some sweets, as she hollers to students and staff.
Besides, the extra calories are for a good cause. Members of the school’s Sociology Club were on campus Monday peddling the goodies in the hopes of making enough money to travel to San Diego for a conference hosted by the Pacific Sociology Association.
Mesa State College senior Katherine Pearson plans to head to the conference to present a paper on how morals and ethics played into the outcome of the 2004 election. Pearson worked on the paper with fellow senior Kelly Gorton.


Read the complete versions of these stories online at GJSentinel.com. Mobile journalist Amy Hamilton is traveling around the Grand Valley looking for stories. If you have a suggestion, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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