Briefs: Local News September 16, 2008

Locals receive commission appointments

• Two familiar faces around Mesa County are taking on statewide duties after their appointments by Gov. Bill Ritter to commissions Monday.
Diann Rice, one of the five members of the District 51 board of education, was appointed to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, and local attorney and commissioner on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education Larry Beckner will sit on the Colorado Autism Commission.
“I am very pleased to be on the commission. I have a special interest in autism,” said Beckner, who has a family member suffering from the disorder. “But we have a daunting task. The state created the legislation and created the commission but not a nickel to fund it.”

Commission rejects settlement offer

• MONTROSE — Montrose County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to reject a settlement offer to end in its long-standing legal dispute with JetAway Aviation. The legal wrangling over whether JetAway could provide fixed-base operator services to private jets has cost the county hundreds of thousands in legal bills over the past three years.
JetAway made the settlement offer last month to donate some land to the airport and make improvements to airport access taxi-ways in exchange for being able to conduct FBO operations. But the settlement offer was untenable, Montrose County Commissioner Bill Patterson said.
Patterson said the county’s legal counsel and public opinion at recent meetings against accepting the settlement helped commissioners decide.

Documentary screening Sept. 23

• Rocky Mountain PBS-KRMJ will have a screening of the new documentary, “Critical Condition,” at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave. The movie is a look at the health care crisis in America. An opening reception will precede the event at 4:30 p.m. For information, call 245-1818.

Vehicles sought for ‘Truck-N-Treat’

• The City of Fruita Recreation Department is seeking unique vehicles for its annual Truck-N-Treat on Oct. 25. The event provides a hands-on experience for young children to explore different types of vehicles. For information, call 858-0360.

Help sought in collecting donations

• Heirlooms for Hospice is seeking volunteers with trucks and trailers to assist in picking up large donations such as furniture. The store’s proceeds benefit Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. For information, call 254-8556.

Artists install murals in restrooms

• Local ceramic artists Lylamae Chedsey and Vinje Lawson have installed handmade tile murals to the new restrooms at Duck Pond Park and Sherwood Park. The projects were part of the city of Grand Junction’s 1 Percent for Art program which gives 1 percent of construction costs to be used for the purchase of art. The murals depict two scenes from the parks and are covered in a clear epoxy finish.


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