Colorado Trust grants $5,000 to 5 nonprofits

The Colorado Trust, a Denver-based foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, granted $5,000 each to five rural nonprofit organizations on the Western Slope in conjunction with the June 2019 Rural Philanthropy Days.

■ Colorado Discover Ability (Grand Junction, serving Mesa County): Works to increase the independence, self-confidence, self-worth and education of people with disabilities, their families and friends through outdoor therapeutic recreation.

■ Western Colorado Alliance for Community Action (Grand Junction, serving Mesa County): Builds grassroots power through community organizing and leadership development in several program and service areas.

■ River Bridge Regional Center (Glenwood Springs, serving Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties): Provides collaborative services to child abuse victims, their families and communities in a supportive environment through a child-centered approach.

■ The Joseph Center (Grand Junction, serving Mesa County): Provides day-shelter services and nutritious food for families and children experiencing homelessness; a parent advocate program; and payee representation for clients needing assistance accessing Social Security benefits.

■ The Learning Council (Paonia, serving Delta County): Offers complimentary educational opportunities to students of all ages on topics including agriculture, health and the arts, with a focus on community building and empowerment.

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No opening burning based on ozone levels

An Air Watch Alert for Mesa County has been issued through Saturday afternoon based on ozone level forecasts.

Mesa County Public Health issued the alert Thursday afternoon. The alert means no open burning is allowed, according to the release.

Ozone levels are expected to be in the moderate category for the Air Quality Index and poor smoke dispersal conditions are expected through 4 p.m. Saturday.

Residents in sensitive groups, including people with heart or lung disease, older adults and young children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion while these bans are in place.

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