News Briefs, Sept. 13, 2017

D51 Foundation offers learning grants

The School District 51 Foundation will launch an online Professional Learning Grant Application today in which District 51 principals and teachers can apply for grants specifically for Professional Learning.

The foundation has set aside $15,000 to support the grants. The deadlines to apply for a grant are Dec. 31 and July 31. Teachers and principals can go to to connect and apply. After the applications are reviewed, the funds will be distributed within 60 days.

Email D51 Foundation Executive Director Angela Christensen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 254-5108 for information.

Lightning linked to Parachute fire


Lightning is suspected of causing a fire involving a tank in a rural area northwest of Parachute on Tuesday, but no explosion was reported to have occurred and no one was injured.

Kim Reeves, an administrative specialist with the Grand Valley Fire Protection District, said she hadn’t yet heard from firefighters in the field about who owns the tank and whether it is associated with oil and gas operations. She also didn’t know what was in the tank.

The fire occurred in the Garden Gulch area, where there has been heavy oil and gas development.

The fire was reported around noon and was nearly out by later in the afternoon.

It remains under investigation.

Mesa County lifts temporary burn ban


Mesa County health officials have lifted the ban on open burning that was enacted last week due to smoke from wildfires in the West that had blanketed the Grand Valley.

Residents who hold permits can resume burning, although health officials are asking people to consider composting yard waste instead of burning it.

The county accepts organic materials at its composting facility next to the county landfill at 3071 U.S. Highway 50.


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