A fire about 16 acres in size was burning Thursday on Grand Mesa near Cearedge, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire near Young's Creek was first reported about 11 a.m. Thursday. In a Facebook post, the Delta County Sheriff's Office said the Cedaredge Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service responded to the fire, which was reported to be on Forest Service land. No structures were reported in danger. Residents are asked to avoid the area of Old Grand Mesa Road.

At the same time, the 85-acre Cow Creek Fire continues to burn near Ridgway. That fire started Wednesday and was most recently reported at 0% containment, according to a Forest Service press release.

Final tour set of Grand Junction High

The final tour of Grand Junction High School before the election is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

School District 51 is asking voters to approve a $179.5 million bond issue that would go to replacing the school built in 1960 as well as providing upgrades to the other three district high schools.

Volunteer holiday bell ringers sought

The Salvation Army Grand Junction Corps is seeking volunteers for its upcoming Red Kettle Bell Ringing Program.

The Red Kettle Campaign is one of the primary fundraising efforts of The Salvation Army. Individual volunteers are welcome to ring the familiar bell and wish shoppers a joyous holiday season, as are families, co-workers, classmates or members of your church. Several shifts are available at various locations to be announced.

Go to grandjunction.salvationarmy.org and click on the "Volunteer" tab to sign up.

Sponsors needed for Christmas wreaths

The Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders and Wreaths Across America are looking for sponsors for the 2019 drive to place wreaths at local cemeteries at Christmastime.

A total of 3,920 wreaths will need to be placed at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado and the Old Veterans Cemetery at the Orchard Mesa Cemetery.

Cost to sponsor is $15 per wreath. If you have a loved one buried at either cemetery or would like to sponsor a wreath, call Art Edwards at 250-1174 or email harleyroadk@yahoo.com for information.

Volunteers clean veterans markers

Volunteers came out to the Grand Junction Cemetery on Orchard Mesa for a Memorial Stone Cleaning Project this past Saturday.

The project cleaned the white marble memorial stones in the cemetery's East Veterans section.

The project was headed by Mike Shults, the Colorado State Coordinator of the Missing in America Project

"Shults has stated that many of the stones are for WWI and WWII veterans and are in a significantly declining condition," said Cemetery Supervisor, Mike Vendegna. "Cleaning the stones would help revitalize the marble and provide honor and respect to those who have served this country. It would also mean a great deal to the families and loved ones of those who have passed."

The cleaning process included applying a widely used environmentally safe cleaner, developed specifically for cleaning memorial stones. Each stone was coated with cleaner using spray bottles and was then hand scrubbed, rinsed, and another coating of cleaner was applied.

A total of 452 memorial stones were cleaned.

The project was sponsored by the Missing in America Project organization. With partners from Snyder-Grand Valley Memorials, the City of Grand Junction cemetery staff, and more than 30 community members,

Western Slope bands qualify for state

Ten Western Slope bands are headed to the State Marching Band Festival following Thursday's state qualifier.

The Colorado Bandmasters Association Western Slope State Qualifying Marching Band Festival took place at Stocker Stadium and featured a performance from the CMU Marching Stampede. The following bands qualified for the State Marching Festival:

1A- Bayfield High School

Cedaredge High School

Olathe High School

2A- Delta High School

Montezuma-Cortez High School

3A- Palisade High School

4A- Central High School

Grand Junction High School

Montrose High School

5A- Fruita Monument High School

The 4A-5A State Festival will be on Oct. 28-29 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The 1A-3A State Festival will be in Grand Junction at Stocker Stadium on Nov. 4.

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