Briefs, Sept. 21, 2012

Medicaid Myth Busters scheduled

Colorado Legal Services and Mesa County Pro Bono will present a free legal clinic titled “Medicaid Myth Busters Top 5 Myths Regarding Medicaid,” from 1–3:30 p.m. Tuesday, at the Mesa County Administration Building, 544 Rood Ave.

Elder law attorney Drew Moore will present the clinic.

Call 243-7940, ext. 4, to register.

Child advocates training planned

 

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County needs volunteers for abused and neglected children and will start its next training Sept. 25.

Classes are from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 359 Main St., Suite 5. One class will be from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sept. 29, and lunch will be provided that day.

Call the CASA Mesa County office at 242-4191 for information.

Coffee with commissioners slated today

 

The next County Coffee is from 7:30–9 a.m. today at Camilla’s Kaffe, 206 E. Aspen Ave., in Fruita.

County Commissioners Craig Meis and Janet Rowland will be joined by Assessor Barbara Brewer, State Sen. Steve King, County Administrator Chantal Unfug, Health Department Director Jeff Kuhr and Road and Bridge Supervisor Eric Bruton.

Call 244-1640 for information.

Topic: Fuels from woody byproducts

 

The feasibility of businesses in western Colorado economically making electricity, fuels or bio-products from the woody byproducts of forest restoration treatments will be the topic of a free presentation from 1:30–4:15 p.m. Thursday at Friendship Hall, 1001 N. Second St., in Montrose.

The public is invited to hear several experts.

Refreshments will be served.

Visit http://www.uplandscape.org or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Tax counselor, clothing sorter needed

 

RSVP, a volunteer program exclusively for people ages 55 and older, have a number of volunteer opportunities available.

    ■ Tax counselor/preparer for AARP Tax Aide, now recruiting for training.

■ Drivers for the Mesa County ARCH are still needed to take seniors to doctor appointments and grocery shopping

■ Van driver for Foster Grandparent Program

■ Clothing sorter at Fruita Thrift Store

Call 243-9839 or visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org.

Mesa County 4-H, FFA receive donations

 

Representatives from Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association presented a donation last week to Mesa County’s 4–H and FFA organizations.

As partners in the annual association’s Bull Ride ‘N BBQ Charity Fundraiser, the organization raises money for 4–H and FFA each year during PBR Bull Riding at the Mesa County Fair.

The organizations gave an additional $2,700 to local chapters, adding to a previous donation of $5,000 in July.

$5,000 grant to help abuse victims

 

Hilltop Community Resources, which operates two programs serving families whose lives have been touched by domestic violence, received a HopeLine from Verizon grant of $5,000 to support its work. 

The funds will be used at Latimer House which serves Mesa County and at Tri-County Resources, serving Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties. Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs nationwide.

The HopeLine program collects used wireless phones, batteries and accessories from any wireless carrier. Phones that can be refurbished are sold for reuse, and those without value are disposed of in an environmentally sound way.

Proceeds from the program are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and nonprofit organizations that focus on domestic violence and prevention awareness.

HopeLine phone donations are accepted at all Verizon Wireless Communications stores.

For information about HopeLine, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline

Outfitter convicted in elk baiting case

 

DENVER — Federal jurors have convicted a western Colorado big game hunting outfitter accused of baiting deer and elk with salt.

Dennis Eugene Rodebaugh, 72, of Meeker, was convicted Thursday of six counts of violating the Lacey Act, which governs the interstate sale of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.

An indictment alleged Rodebaugh’s business, D&S Guide and Outfitter, had out-of-state clients who would shoot elk and deer in the White River National Forest near where he had placed hundreds of pounds of salt in the spring and summer.

Using bait to take big game is illegal in Colorado.

Rodebaugh could face prison time and a fine at a sentencing hearing set for Jan. 7.


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