Briefs: Local News December 10, 2008

Senator plans town hall meeting Dec. 16

• U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., will host a town hall meeting at 11 a.m. Dec. 16 to listen to community concerns about how best to get the state and nation’s economies back on track.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the community room at the old Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

Register now for LiveWell Challenge

• Registration has started for the 2009 LiveWell Challenge in Mesa County.
The challenge runs Jan. 1 until Dec. 31 of 2009.
Participants receive a 2009 calendar that includes health tips, goal-setting options and a list of events. Participants also can win prizes.
To register, visit the LiveWell office at 510 29 1/2 Road.
For more information, visit or call 683-6612.
Residents are encouraged to register before 2009.

Harlem Globetrotters in GJ on Sunday

• The Harlem Globetrotters and NBA alumni charity basketball game will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Junction High School gymnasium. The challengers are the Mesa County Sheriff Youth Explorers and the Grand Junction Elks Lodge No. 575 as well as members of the Parks and Recreation department. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Tickets are available at all City Market stores, Ticket West, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Albertsons, Dominos pizza, Traders Coffee, Sportsmans Warehouse, and Hastings.

Auto group collecting toys for program

• The Grand Valley Auto Group is collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Toys For Tots program and nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of the Rockies. Drop-off locations are at Grand Valley Hyundai, Grand Valley Auto Sales and Grand Valley Auto Sales Montrose. The auto group will match pound-for-pound all donations, plus give $100 off per pound toward a car purchase up to $1,000.

County begins air-quality advisories

• The Mesa County Health Department has started its daily air-quality advisories for wood stove users in the Grand Valley.
The air-quality level is considered “blue” until 3 p.m. Friday, meaning people can burn wood in a stove or fireplace this week.
Advisory forecasts will be issued weekly and updated when necessary for Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties.
Blue means it is OK to burn wood in stoves or fireplaces. Red advisories mean it is not OK to burn wood if you heat your home with wood fuel.
Coal, pellet and gas heaters are exempt, as well as any low-emitting wood stoves certified by the Environmental Protection Agency. Compliance with Red advisories is mandatory within the city limits of Grand Junction and voluntary elsewhere in Mesa County. Compliance is voluntary in Delta and Montrose counties.
For more information, visit or call 248-6990.


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