In July 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved 988 as the abbreviated dialing code to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline beginning in July 2022. In order for the new code to work effectively, phone users in certain area codes across the country, including 970 and 719 in Colorado, have been or will be transitioned to 10-digit dialing.

Safety and security equipment such as medical alert devices, alarms and security systems must also be programmed for 10-digit dialing.

5 men indicted on drug charges

The 7th Judicial District Grand Jury in Montrose County returned indictments on five men on drug trafficking charges on Tuesday.

Charges were filed again Edward Sandoval, Michael Vo, Todd Davis, Cesar Gracian and Ben Nguyen after a year-long investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force and the 7th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The indictment alleges that the drug trafficking organization was importing large quantities of methamphetamine from California for distribution in local communities.

Library board seeks applicants

Applications are being accepted to fill upcoming openings on the Mesa County Public Library District’s Board of Trustees.

The seven-member volunteer board adopts and oversees the budget, bylaws, and policies of the library district; conducts long-range planning; and prepares an annual financial report to the Mesa County Commissioners.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 22.

Go to for a link to the application and more information.

Online forum

for school board

The League of Women Voters of Mesa County will present an online School District 51 Candidate Forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, featuring all school board candidates.

The link to the event can be accessed from the home page at The forum will also be recorded to view at a later date.

Go to the website for information.