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December 6, 2012
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The Mesa County Search and Rescue Ground Team is currently accepting applications for new members.Applications can be picked up at the front counter of the Sheriff's Office, located at 215 Rice St., or online at Deadline is Jan. 1, 2013.Anyone interested in becoming a new member must pass a background check and will have to go through an interview process.The training class is a 10-week course, beginning Feb. 7, 2013.For more information, contact Todd Holmes by calling 970-250-6373 or email

The City of Grand Junction GIS (Geographic Information System) team will be holding a training class in the City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St., 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.Anyone interested in general property information, zoning, ownership, property sales, trails, district boundaries, floodplains, contours, historical aerial imagery, etc. should attend.The training class will be an overview of the City's GIS and teach users how to search for properties, print maps, and how to create custom maps and reports.No previous experience or equipment is necessary to attend.For more information, contact Stephen Smith at or call 970-256-4070.

Dine out at Noodles & Company, 2474 Hwy. 6&50, between 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, and mention the Prayers for Dylan Foundation - 25% of sales will go the organizationDylan who was born with an atrioventricular canal defect, a combination of abnormalities in the heart present at birth. On Oct. 16, shortly before his 2nd birthday, Dylan was flown to a Denver hospital after heart failure and 45 minutes of CPR. Unfortunately, on Oct. 17, he lost his brave battle. The Prayers for Dylan Foundation assists Dylan's family as they pay the remaining medical expenses.

Now through February 2013, the W. Colo. Botanical Gardens and Gift Shop, located at South 7th and the Riverside Pkwy., will be operating with winter hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. The facility will still be available for tour groups, classes and private special events on closure days with special advance arrangements. For further information, call 970-245-3288 or Peggy at Mesa Developmental Services, 970-256-8688.

Mesa County is moving forward with plans to build a much-needed new Workforce Center next year. This week, the Board of Commissioners approved a construction contract for the new facility in GJ. The existing Workforce Center, located at 2897 North Ave., is aging and overcrowded, and has infrastructure problems that would require significant spending to repair.The contract approved this week authorizes local FCI Constructors to build the 32,000 square-foot facility at a cost of $5.4 million on county-owned property at 512 29 1/2 Road, next to the county's existing Community Services Building.

Colo. Mesa Univ. cycling coach Rick Crawford will remain in his position at CMU, despite voluntarily disclosing his involvement from 1999-2001 in the use of performance enhancing drugs by two pro cyclists, including Levi Leipheimer."Rick came to us before he approached USADA. He was placed on temporary suspension while we conducted an internal investigation. No drug-related infractions were found. In fact, Rick has been educating our student-athletes on the importance of clean, drug-free competition," said CMU President Tim Foster. In addition, local former pro cyclist Scott Mercier, an outspoken anti-doping proponent, has joined CMU as director of CMU cycling.

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