Briefs, July 18, 2019

Downtown disrupted by restaurant fire

A small kitchen fire at Nepal Restaurant, 356 Main Street, shut down the 300 block of Main Street for nearly an hour Wednesday morning.

The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a call about smoke at the restaurant at 9:45 a.m. and arrived to find heavy smoke and a small fire in the kitchen, according to spokeswoman Ellis Thompson-Ellis.

Firefighters extinguished the flames and checked the six upstairs residences and five surrounding businesses, which were not affected.

There were no injuries and everyone was evacuated by the time crews arrived on scene, Thompson-Ellis said.

The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.

Cigarette likely cause of house fire in GJ

A discarded cigarette was the likely cause of a house fire Tuesday night at a home in the 400 block of 23rd Street in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction Fire Department responded to the blaze around 10 p.m. on Tuesday that displaced one resident. No injuries were reported as the occupant of the home had escaped with the help of neighbors. The fire primarily affected the front porch and exterior of the home, according to a press release from the Grand Junction Fire Department.

Airport Authority picks new board member

The Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority selected a new board member at its regular meeting Tuesday.

The board picked Linde Marshall, who owns an event planning and public relations business in Grand Junction, from eight finalists who submitted applications. Marshall will replace Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart on the seven-person board. Taggart resigned after fellow board member Chuck McDaniel was elected to City Council so as to not have two councilors on the board.

Marshall will fill the at-large position, which is selected by the board. Three positions are picked by Mesa County Commissioners and the other three by Grand Junction City Council.

Marshall's appointment will have to be approved by both the city and county. She could officially join the board in time for its Aug. 20 regular meeting.

Montrose mental-health center gets grant

The Center for Mental Health in Montrose will receive a $270,000 grant to help open its new crisis walk-in center.

Funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs will go toward replacing the roof and HVAC system at the soon-to-open center at 300 North Cascade Ave., according to a statement from Montrose city leaders.

The Center currently serves Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel counties and is set to become the only walk-in crisis center on the Western Slope.

The center's opening is pending city and state agency approval, according to a statement from chief operations officer Ed Hagins, with a goal date of late July.

"(The center) will provide around-the-clock access to acute behavioral health services, withdrawal management, and crisis stabilization close to home for members of our community," Hagins said.

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