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February 14, 2013
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Local News Briefs: Feb. 15, 2013

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group is hosting a free workshop for both members and nonmembers 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Business Incubator, 2591 Legacy Way. Continental breakfast will be served.

Published novelist Chris Devlin will present: "Is Your POV Slip Showing? Exploring Point of View Options." Bring the first two pages of your work in progress for group critique if you'd like. To register or for more information, contact Vicki at 970-497-6452 or vruchhoeft@bresnan.net. To learn about RMFW, visit rmfw.org.

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Fish on Fridays

The Knight of Columbus, Council 13621, is hosting Friday Fish Frys 4-7 p.m. Feb. 15 through March 22 at Immaculate Heart of Mary church, 790 26 1/2 Road. The weekly event is open to the public and all denominations.

Cost is $8/adults, $7/children 6-12, and free for children under 6. All proceeds benefit KofC local charities.

On the menu will be baked cod loin, breaded pollock, green beans, mashed potatoes, French fries, clam chowder, coleslaw, dessert and drinks. For more information, call John at 970-260-7664.

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Hunters, anglers invited to discuss wildlife issues

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is forming Regional Sportsmen's Caucuses and the agency is inviting all active hunters and anglers from the northwest region to meet and discuss wildlife issues with managers, biologists and agency officials in Grand Junction 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Clarion Inn Hotel, 755 Horizon Drive.

The roundtable will provide hunters and anglers from the four regions of the state with direct access to agency officials, including wildlife commissioners.

To learn more, visit cpw.state.co.us.

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Victim Advocates needed

GJ Police Dept. is looking for people who have the heart and compassion to stand with people who are experiencing some of the most difficult times in their lives.

That is what GJPD Victim Advocates do on a daily basis, offering support, comfort and critical information to victims of crimes and other traumatic incidents, and GJPD is currently recruiting additional volunteers.

Victim Advocate Program volunteers, or VAPS, work 12-hour, on-call shifts, and respond in person to various law enforcement-related incidents.

The next training session is scheduled to start the second week of March. Training sessions are two nights a week for six weeks. If interested, contact Mary at 970-549-5290 or email maryh@gjcity.org.

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Sweet Heart Run recap

Top finishers at the Feb. 9 Sweet Heart Run held in Fruita are as follows:

• 5K Men: 1.) JT McLaughlin, GJ (18:54), 2.) Jay Valentine, Fruita (20:41), 3.) Levi Broyles, Delta (21:01)

• 5K Women: 1.) Chelsea Meilner, Paonia (24:18), 2.) Rea McLaughlin (25:02), 3.) Rhiannon Broyles, Delta (25:28)

• 10K Men: 1.) Marty Wacker, GJ (36:11), 2.) Kevin Koch, GJ (36:18), 3.) Soren Frykholm (37:19)

• 10K Women: 1.) Gwen Rudy, Leadville (44:13), 2.) Mackennea Broyles, Delta (45:00), 3.) Cheryl Thompson (46:06)

In addition, a flat screen TV was awarded to the "Best Dressed Couple," which was chosen by crowd applause. This first-ever award was given to Jessica Haley and Luke Miley, both of GJ, from the team "King and Queen of Hearts."

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Did you know?

According to the Corporation for Enterprise Development, the average student loan debt for college grads Colorado is $22,283. The organization also says that nearly one in five Colorado grads with student loans is in default. For more information, visit cfed.org.

Not to be a downer, but CFED also recently reported that 43.9% of U.S. households are living on the edge of financial collapse with almost no savings to fall back on in the event of a health crisis, job loss, etc. CFED defines these folks as "liquid asset poor."

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Help keep hands warm

As the temperatures remain chilly, the Warming Hands Project continues to need donations of warm gloves and clothing for the needy. Items are distributed directly to those in need, whether on a corner or through one of the valley's human services agencies.

Gloves in new or gently used condition will be accepted at any of the bright orange collection bins located throughout the area:

• Clifton: US Bank, 569 32 Road, #16a

• Fruita: Turn the Page Bookstore, 119 E. Aspen Ave.

• Grand Junction: Dollar Tree Store, 2531 Rimrock Ave.; Guild Mortgage, 500 Main St.; US Bank, 2448 F Road

• Palisade: Meadery of the Rockies, 3701 G Road.

For more information, call Kathie at 970-462-5290.


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