Briefs: Local News October 08, 2008

Pols to swing through GJ

• U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., along with former Gov. Roy Romer and Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Stulp, will stop in Grand Junction Friday afternoon as part of a rural policy tour in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The trio will speak at noon at the Lincoln Park Pavilion.
The group also plans to stop in Olathe at the White Cafe at 7:30 a.m. Friday and in Hotchkiss at 9:30 a.m. at the Heritage Hall, inside the Delta County Fairgrounds.

Pipeline work extended

• Work on the Bull Mountain pipeline that was to have been completed by Oct. 1 will be allowed to continue through Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service said.
The additional days of work will allow for the completion of tie-ins in the vicinity of the boundaries of the White River and the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison national forests. Tie-ins are pipeline sections left for completion until the end of the construction process. They include wetlands crossings, intersection points and junctions of long sections of completed pipeline.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended wetlands crossings be completed this fall during their driest state. The Colorado Division of Wildlife concurred, noting the work would be completed before Saturday, opening day of the first big-game rifle hunt.

GJ man named to commission

• Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has appointed Larry Clever, a Grand Junction resident, to the state’s Ground Water Commission.
Clever is the general manager of Ute Water.

Fund set up for hurt man

• A fund has been set up at Montrose Bank to help with medical expenses for Lewie Willson, 76, who was seriously injured when his house exploded in a propane-fueled blast Oct. 1.
Contributions can be sent to the Lewie Willson Benefit Account, Montrose Bank, 200 North Townsend Ave., Montrose 81401. For more information call 249-3408 or 249-5641.

Volunteer sought for panel

• The Mesa County Board of Commissioners is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Mesa County Citizen Review Panel. The panel provides conflict resolution for grievances concerning the conduct of the Mesa County Department of Human Services personnel. A demonstrated knowledge of personal and professional experience with children is required. Interest forms are available at Call 244-1860 for information.


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