Briefs, Oct. 7, 2011

Sheriff’s investigator honored

Mesa County Sheriff Department’s investigator James “Jim” Hebenstreit was recognized Wednesday as “Homicide Investigator of the Year for 2011” at the quarterly Denver meeting of the Colorado Homicide Investigators Association.

Hebenstreit has been with the agency since 1990. He was nominated by John Harrison with the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division, based on the dedicated work that led to a successful prosecution in the murder of Alan Helmick, who was found dead in his home in June, 2008. Miriam Helmick was later arrested and convicted of murdering her husband and multiple fraud charges.

“There are many great investigators in Colorado who work diligently to solve homicide cases. I’m honored by this recognition,” Hebenstreit said.

Free handyman services

RSVP’s Handyman Project will be at Ace Hardware, 569 32 Road in Clifton, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to let the public know how low-income seniors, frail elderly and disabled people can get free handyman services.

The project uses volunteer handymen and women ages 55 and older to do minor home improvement projects for income-qualified clients. Handyman labor is free; however, clients must pay for the materials themselves.

Call Marsha Kearns at 243-9839 for information.

Tour Fruita vet hospital

A Fruita veterinary hospital will host an open house Sunday to give the community an opportunity to learn more about its operations and tour its expanded facility.

The open house at Arrowhead Veterinary Hospital, 1620 L Road, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event also will feature a pet adoption fair and a pet food drive for homeless pets. Clients who donate good-quality, dry pet food will receive a coupon for 10 percent off their next visit.

Arrowhead, which opened in 2000 to serve large animals, added small-animal service in 2009. It then remodeled its clinic last year, adding more than 1,000 square feet.

Focus on health care reform

Free webinars from the Colorado Division of Insurance will be offered on the topic of what affects your health insurance premiums.

Webinars will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and noon Oct. 18. Visit Askdora.colorado.gov for information and to register.

A free community meeting with commissioner of insurance Jim Riesberg, “Are You Prepared for the Changes Ahead?” will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Two Rivers Convention Center. The meeting will focus on how federal health care reform affects your health insurance premium and what drives the cost of health insurance.

KMSA in College Radio Day

KMSA 91.3, the student managed and operated radio station on the campus of Colorado Mesa University, will participate in the first College Radio Day on Tuesday.

More than 300 stations will participate and KMSA is the Colorado state headquarters, overseeing 10 other Colorado student-run stations. The purpose of College Radio Day is to prevent the sale of student-run radio stations across the country as many are on the verge of closing their doors and going off air.

KMSA 91.3 will play music outside on Tuesday and will show a Pearl Jam documentary at 8 p.m. Monday in the University Center Ballroom.

Call 248-1442 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Work on Red Mountain pass

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a project Monday to reduce rockfall on U.S. Highway 550 on Red Mountain Pass, south of Ouray, between the Bear Creek Tunnel and the snow shed (mile marker 91).

The two-season project will be suspended for winter by Nov. 15 and will resume around May 1. The project will be completed by June 15.

Throughout the duration of the project, motorists will encounter single-lane, alternating traffic on the northbound lane between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be no weekend work. Motorists also will encounter full traffic holds of up to 20 minutes during work hours.

For information on the project, call Midwest Rockfall Inc., 970-462-1529.

New map for GJ leaf pickup

The city of Grand Junction’s annual leaf pick-up program will start Oct. 17 with some changes in the schedule.

A brochure outlining the changes will be mailed to city residents, showing a new map and schedule for picking up leaves. In the past several years, neighborhoods had a weekly schedule. When leaf volumes began to get heavy, it was difficult for city crews to maintain the once-a-week schedule. The schedule also did not allow for delays because of equipment breakdowns.

The new map is also available on the city website, http://www.gjcity.org. Look for the leaf pickup program link under Departments, Streets.

Women trained in safety

Western Slope Center For Children will host a Women’s Personal Safety Class and two-hour Safety Training and Personal Safety Pack for Women from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 15 at the Student Center at Colorado Mesa University.

The center is a partner with Steve and Daun King, American National Protective Services, to provide the hands-on and informative class.

Cost is $25 per team, which consists of two females ages 12 and older. Proceeds will benefit the Western Slope Center for Children.

For information, call 245-3788 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Columbus Day on Redlands

The Redlands Lions Club will put out flags on Monday in recognition of Columbus Day for its customers in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas.

For information on flag service on nine holidays a year, call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Skip Hughes at 243-6785.


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