Briefs: Local News September 12, 2008

• The Patriot Guard Riders of the Western Slope, in conjunction with Wreaths Across America, will continue to take donations through Sept. 30. The donations are used to purchase Christmas wreaths to be placed on the graves at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. Cost is $15 per wreath. For information, call 250-1174.

• The Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction field office will have volunteers performing maintenance on the 17 1/4 Road Recreational Shooting Range Sept. 22. The range and surrounding desert will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are needed. For information, call 244-3024.

• EAGLE — The Bureau of Land Management in Eagle County will conduct two prescribed burns in Burns and north of State Bridge. The burns will occur by the middle of October and are contingent on weather. Both fires will improve wildlife habitat. For information, call (970) 319-4130.

• A Program Avocational Archeological Certification Class will take place Oct. 24-26 at the Whitman Educational Center. Cost is $50 and reservations are required by Oct. 10. The class will discuss American Indian artifacts found in Colorado. For information, call 242-0971, ext. 209.

• Carol Rose of Meeker was inducted to the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Auborn, Wash., on Aug. 10.

• Dr. Andrew Gulliford will present “Natural Resources in the West” from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at the Saccomanno Lecture Hall at Mesa State College. The seminar is free and open to the public. Gulliford will chronicle the history of oil shale development in the Colorado River Valley and Western Colorado with a slideshow and discussion. He is the author of “Boomtown Blues: Colorado Oil Shale” and is the winner of the Colorado Book Award. For information, call 248-1689.

• The Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team will have two benefit runs, the Alpine Bank Mary’s Loop Eight Mile and the Kokopelli Classic 16 Mile, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on Kokopelli Trail near Loma. Cost is $30 for the eight mile or $50 for the 16 mile run and includes a T-shirt, schwag bag and food. For information, call 201-1087 or visit

• Traffic patterns will be switched Monday at Silt’s main intersection during continued construction of a roundabout there.
During the switch, flaggers will control traffic at the intersection, at Ninth Street and U.S. Highway 6 (Main Street).
The switch is needed to proceed with the second phase of construction, on the north half of the project. Two-way traffic will be routed on the south side of Highway 6 and on Ninth from Interstate 70 to Highway 6. Access to all businesses will be open. However, Ninth will be closed from Home Avenue to Highway 6.
The new traffic configuration is expected to be in place for three weeks.

• Basic dental care for low income senior citizens has been extended to include Gunnison County. The services are offered through the Dental Prevention Program of Region 10’s Area Agency on Aging and formerly served Ouray, Delta and Montrose counties.
The agency also lowered income requirements, so more people will get services, said Mary Vigil of Grand Mesa Dental Hygiene in Delta.
For more information on the dental program call the Area Agency on Aging at 249-2436.



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