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The Collbran Lions Club is hosting an ice-fishing benefit tournament in partnership with Vega State Park Saturday, Feb. 2. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

Participants may check in at 7 a.m. Saturday at the park's entrance. Cost is $50 to enter, and the tourney is limited to 200 anglers. An additional fee to enter the park will apply if you don't have a Colorado State Parks Pass.

The adult division boasts three cash prizes. The first-place prize will range from $400-750, depending on the number of entrants. A youth division, limited to 50 entrants, will award prizes to the top five competitors in both the 11-17 and 10-and-under age divisions. No entry fee for the youth.

For more information on rules, prizes or to register to compete, visit Registration forms are also available at Collbran Supply, Valley Ranch, the Vega State Park Visitor Center and the Vega Lodge.

Mesa County Libraries wants to hear from county residents about how they use the library and how they think they will use the library in the next three years.

Hence, the library has launched a Community Feedback Survey, which is available online and on paper and takes about five minutes to complete.

The survey is available online at, or you can access the survey from the library's website at The survey will be open through Thursday, Feb. 7.

All county residents are invited to take the survey, whether they use the library or not. Every response is valuable, and all responses are confidential.

Survey results will be used to help create a new Strategic Plan to guide the library's operation for the next three years.

The public is invited to a "Seed Swap" 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at the W. Colo. Botanical Gardens in the children's library, 641 Struthers Ave.

Bring seeds to swap, envelopes for seeds and a sense of humor. Seeds can be store-bought, saved seeds, or plant cuttings. Mark donations with the species, variety, date of harvest or any other pertinent information.

For more information, call Marian Dorn at 970-255-0417.

Stakeholders or those with an interest in preserving and promoting the natural resources of the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway are invited to an open house 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Gateway Community Center, Hwy. 141.

The 133-mile U-T corridor begins in Whitewater and continues through the towns of Gateway, Van Corum, Naturita, Redvale, Norwood and ending in Placerville.

Folks are needed to comment on a new byway Corridor Management Plan which is being developed to clarify goals and objectives, provide methods for sustaining the byway, and enhance the visitor's experience along the byway.

For more information, contact W. Colo. Interpretive Assoc. Executive Director Chris Miller at 970-874-6695 or via email at

Community Hospital, 2021 N. 12th St., this week announced a joint venture with four local, board-certified, general surgeons to offer a full-spectrum bariatric program.

Andrew J. Morse, D.O.; Teyen P. Shiao, M.D.; James J. Hanosh Jr., M.D.; and Eric J. Hanly, M.D., join Community Hospital to offer LapBand, sleeve gastrectomy, and gastric bypass surgery for those seeking surgical weight-loss solutions.

The hospital's east wing is being remodeled in two phases and, when complete in early 2013, will offer four private patient rooms designed primarily for bariatric patients.

Try something different this Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Send your sweetie a singing valentine. Choose from one of three organizations offering the service:

• Hire the Sweet Adelines quartet "Cover Charge" to surprise your honey at home, office or restaurant with two songs, candy and a flower - all for just $45. Call Colette at 970-261-0304 to set that up.

• Hire a dapper quartet dressed in tuxedos from the Bookcliff Barbershop Chorus for $45, which includes a rose, Enstrom Candies, a card and two love songs. Set up a time by calling 970-255-9992.

• Hire the Tonettes, an all-girl, 1940s-inspired quartet to serenade. Cost is $35 and includes one song, a rose, and chocolate, and each additional singing valentine is only $20. Order one up by calling Carrington at 970-812-3313.

Could Colo. Mesa Univ. one day have a thriving fraternity and sorority row?

Kappa Sigma fraternity, with 300 chapters at universities nationwide, officially chartered the Sigma Mu chapter at CMU last weekend, reports the CMU Criterion. This marks the first signs of Greek Life at the college.

The CMU Kappa Sigs initiated 50-plus members during a weekend full of events, most of them secret, according to the Crite.

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