Briefs, April 5, 2012

East Portal Road is reopening today

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Curecanti Field Office will open the East Portal Road, east of Montrose, at 7:30 a.m. today, after being closed for the winter months. 

The road, beginning at the junction with Colorado Highway 347, provides access to the Gunnison River within the Curecanti National Recreation Area, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Crystal Dam.

Guide to fracking presented in Rifle


“A Resident’s Guide to the Hydraulic Fracturing Chemical Disclosure Rule” will be the topic at today’s monthly Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting in Rifle. Kirby Wynn, the county’s oil and gas liaison, will discuss the new Colorado disclosure rule.

The public is invited to the meeting, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with a social time with light meal preceding it at 5:30 p.m. The board meets monthly to provide a forum for the industry, public, governmental representatives and others, with the goal of encouraging responsible energy development.

The event will be at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 E. Ave. RSVP at 625-5915.

Hidden treasures lurking in backyards


“Having Fun with Plants and Nature,” a school closure activity day for children in fourth through sixth grade, will be from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Friday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

Kids can find out what nature is all about in the garden and in their backyard. 

Cost is $30. Take a sack lunch.

Preregistration is required. Call 245-3288, ext. 2.

Candidates talk about natural resources


Mesa County Conservation Forum will host a County Commissioner Candidates Q&A session on management of Mesa County’s natural resources from 3–5 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

The public is invited. An informal mixer will follow from 5–6 p.m.

Call Libby Collins at 623-1900 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Adventurer discusses hearing loss


The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will host a free monthly meeting from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

Jim Detterline, a Colorado adventurer and hearing loss advocate who has worn hearing aids for 27 years, will offer a visual presentation of his climbing and rescue adventure with the National Park Service and discuss hearing experiences and creative uses of hearing assistive technology.

People of all ages with all types of hearing loss and their friends and family are invited to attend. Contact Amy Becktell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 241-2592 for more information.

Kids, get a handle on summer options


A Summer Youth Education and Employment Fair will be from 4–7 p.m. April 9 at the Bookcliff Middle School cafeteria for students of all ages.

There will be 30-40 exhibitors offering answers to the perennial question of summer — what is there to do?

Exhibitors include those offering all-day extended learning camps, science and math camps, performing arts lessons, 4-H program and more.

Those with teenagers can visit exhibitors such as Grand Junction Parks and Recreation and the Western Colorado Conservation Corp that will have employment opportunities this summer for high school students.

St. Mary’s holds health care symposium


The public is invited to attend the “Let’s Talk: Planning Your Healthcare Decisions” symposium, hosted by St. Mary’s Hospital, from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. April 12, on the fifth floor of the Saccomanno Education Center, 2635 N. Seventh St.

The sessions will include compassion fatigue, communicating end-of-life wishes to loved ones, and discussing the most difficult subject of medial directives and medial ethics — organ donation and the CPR directive.

Assistance with completing directives, including having a notary present, will be available at the end of the day.

The sessions are free and registration is required. Register by calling Western Colorado 2-1-1, by dialing 2-1-1, or call 244-8400 from a cell phone.


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