Irrigation seminar at library on Aug. 24

Mesa County Libraries will host a free seminar from 9–10 a.m. Aug. 24 in an effort to take the guesswork out of the sometimes confusing and complicated residential irrigation systems.

Landscape architect Rob Breeden, of the Mesa Conservation District and Nvision Design Studio, will present "De-mystifying Small Scale Irrigation Systems" at the library's Discovery Garden, at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue.

Topics include identification of drip system components, manual vs. electronic irrigation systems, when to use a drip system vs. micro-spray, practicing conservation by determining how much to water and when to water and using a weather station, rain sensor, and moisture sensor.

Take a chair if you prefer not to stand.

Visit mesacountylibraries.org for information.

Colorado River Cleanup on Sept. 7

The 15th annual Colorado River Cleanup is set for Saturday, Sept. 7, taking place on three different sections of the river.

As the name suggests, the day is set aside for community members to come together to clear junk from the banks and bed of the river.

"This is not only a time when we actually pull out tires and couches from the river but a time to raise awareness and stewardship for our rivers and water we use and enjoy every day," a news release said.

Start times for each section are 9 a.m. for Fruita, 9:30 a.m. for Grand Junction and 10 a.m. for Palisade. Participants provide their own boat or board, paddle/s/oars, personal flotation device and effort. Other recommended items are gloves, buckets for sharp items, wire cutters, old tarp for your boat, and a safety-first mindset.

Shuttle service will be provided, as will trash bags, state park tags, a T-shirt, and an appreciation barbecue and prizes after the cleanup.

Visit GVpaddle.org for information and to register.

Man guilty of damaging public lands

Robert Timothy Allen was found guilty of depredation of federal property on Wednesday for digging up about three acres of federal land with a bulldozer.

A Grand Junction jury deliberated for less than an hour before reaching a guilty verdict, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney Office.

Allen was indicted in 2016 and charged with damaging federal land in Saguache County between July 24, 2013, and May 22, 2014. He was detained in 2018 after evading arrest for nearly two years.

Allen reportedly claimed he was lawfully prospecting on federal land. He received four official notices from the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety directing him to stop.

He was later prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"The BLM appreciates the coordinated effort with the Department of Justice in resolving this case," said BLM Colorado State Director Jamie Connell. "Managing our public lands and its public resources are obligations we take seriously."

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2019.

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