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November 20, 2012
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News Briefs 11-23-12

In celebration of Thanksgiving, the Grand Junction Free Press office, located at 145 N. Fourth St., will be closed today (Friday, Nov. 23). We will reopen for business Monday, Nov. 26, at 9 a.m. Happy holidays!

W. Colo. Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers, is taking you to a warm place with a Holiday Open House "Christmas in the Tropics" theme event 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

There will be light refreshments, entertainment, "Aloha" Santa, garden "de-lights," door prizes and a gift shop sale. For more information, call 970-245-3288.

The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, 205 Main St., GJ.

The meeting is open to the public, with public comment periods scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Agenda topics include: BLM White River Oil and Gas RMP Amendment; NW Sage Grouse EIS update; America's Great Outdoors Initiative in the Little Snake Field Office; and field manager updates.

The BLM is seeking public comment on a proposed September 2013 mountain bike race.  

Under the proposal, race organizer, Epic Rides, plans to route race traffic through portions of the Bangs Canyon Special Recreation Management Area. The race would begin in downtown GJ with three different routes through Bangs Canyon. The three-day race is expected to draw approximately 600 competitors with 2,000 total visitors to GJ, if approved.

Proposed course maps are available at

Respond with comment by Dec. 19. Mail written comments to the GJ Field Office, 2815 H Road, GJ, CO 81506, Attention: Carrie Surber. Send comments via email to   

Syndicated Solar, Inc., the Grand Junction-founded residential solar installation firm, opened a retail store in Mesa Mall, the first of its kind in the country. The store opened Nov. 13.

The store, located next to Cabela's inside the mall, features interactive iPad use, where customers can see specifically how their monthly electricity costs could be reduced. They will also be able to view satellite images of their rooftops to see if their home is a good candidate for solar.

Gelato Junction Cafe, 2913 F Road in the Safeway Plaza, is offering a FREE 8 oz. cup of coffee to customers on Black Friday, Nov. 23. The cafe opens up at 4 a.m. Grab a breakfast sandwich and homemade pastries and doughnuts while you're at it.

The downtown store, Gelato Junction, 449 Main St., will offer a soup sampling of their delicious, homemade soups on Black Friday.

Colorado Gives Day is set for Dec. 4 and eight local nonprofits are participating: Western Slope Center for Children, CASA of Mesa County (Court Appointed Special Advocates), C.L.A.W.S., Grand Mesa Nordic Council, Light Gives Heat, Mesa Land Trust, Riverside Educational Center, and W. Colo. Congress.

Colorado Gives Day 2012 is an annual event to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving to Colorado charities. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period to "Give Where You Live" by making online donations to the hundreds of charities featured on the foundation's website:

More than 30 Central High School speech and debate team members traveled to Delta Nov. 16-17 where they defeated seven other Western Slope high schools to win the Panther Invitational. Here are the individual results from Delta:

The CHS Team, 1st Place Team Sweepstakes

Deanna Wright, 1st Place Advanced Lincoln-Douglas Debate (3-0)

C.J. Abeyta, 3rd Place Novice Lincoln-Douglas Debate

Rocco Labriola and Gabrielle McCombs, 2nd Place Public Forum Debate (3-0)

Sami Bouchagour, 1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Nathan Levingston, 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking

Audrey Bird, 2nd Place Interpretation of Humor

Cecilia Ramirez and Nikki Nickerson, 3rd Place Duo Interpretation

Congressional Debate:

Felecia Messenger, 2nd Place Congress Speaker, House I

Nikki Nickerson, 2nd Place Congress Speaker, House II

Deanna Wright, 1st Place Congress Speaker, House IV

Rocco Labriola, 2nd Place Congress Speaker, House IV

C.J. Abeyta, 1st Place Congress Speaker, House V

Jimmy Shreve and Sami Bouchagour served as Presiding Officer in their chambers.

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