Briefs, May 23, 2013

City offices to be closed for holiday

City of Grand Junction offices will be closed Monday, in observance of Memorial Day. 

There will be no city trash or recycling pickup on Monday and trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. Monday will also be a parking meter holiday. Downtown visitors may park in metered spaces, including the Rood Avenue parking garage, for free.

At the Mesa County Sheriff’s office, the records division, civil division and inmate visitation will be closed on Monday. Regular business hours for all operations will resume on Tuesday. Emergency responders, such as patrol and jail operations will remain open and working through the holiday.

Jenkins benefit concert at 7:30 tonight


The Aaron T. Jenkins Benefit Concert is set for 7:30 tonight at the First Church of the Nazarene, on the corner of 28 and Patterson roads.

The former Grand Junction High School student lost both of his parents this past year. As a freshman at CU Boulder, Jenkins was able to excel in spite of this. With very little financial support to continue in his next steps, his friends are hosting the concert to raise funds to help him through this difficult time.

The free benefit concert will feature selected solo artists, and the Grand Junction High School Chamber Choir & Jazz Band will also perform. A dessert reception will follow. All donation proceeds will benefit Jenkins.

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Firewood permits available for purchase


The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service have announced that “personal use” firewood permits are available for purchase.

Permits can be purchased for $10 per cord, with a two-cord minimum requirement. The maximum limit is 10 cords per household each year. Only payment by cash or check is accepted.

Road closures may still remain in areas that some folks may wish to access for firewood cutting. Anyone interested in access for fuelwood cutting and/or recreation are encouraged to check on road status and area closures before venturing out. Be aware of fuel and fire conditions in the area. Practice safe use and fueling with chainsaws and be prepared with a shovel and water should a fire occur.

Visit or the, or call Grand Valley Ranger District, 242-8211, for information.

Chamber taking leadership applications


The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce has offered the Mesa County Leadership Program for almost 20 years and is accepting applications for its next class, which will begin in September.

The deadline for applications is May 31, and space is limited to 20 people.

Classes are one day a month and focus on different aspects of the community including education, health care, local government, non-profits, public lands and water. Participants will complete a leadership retreat and also travel to Denver on the Chamber’s annual trip to the State Capitol.

Close to 300 people have completed the course and many have gone on to serve in leadership roles on non-profit boards, government boards and commissions.

The chamber offers the course in the hopes that business people will consider serving in leadership capacities throughout the community.

Graduation ceremonies for the 2012–13 class will be at 5:30 p.m. June 4, in the Ute Water Conservancy District meeting room.

Call 242-3214 for information.


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