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March 14, 2013
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The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County is offering a FREE clinic on Grandparent Rights. Sharon Sturges, local attorney, brings years of experience in domestic litigation, including grandparent visitation and parental responsibilities to help you understand issues regarding your grandchildren.The clinic will run from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the old Mesa County Courthouse, multipurpose room, 544 Rood Ave. (use the Sixth Street entrance). Call 970-7940, ext. 4, to preregister as seating is limited.

Several organizations are hosting a Grand Opening and launch event for a new riding trail in the 18 Road North Fruita Desert.This new trail will showcase a new riding style pioneered in the 18 Road trail system with the popular PBR trail built spring of 2012, and features rollers, berms and jumps that are targeted toward an intermediate or advanced rider looking to ride a fun, fast, exciting trail filled with fast corners and exciting jumps.COPMOBA and the project partners will have a brief ceremony noon Sunday, March 17, at the 18 Road parking lot, where the trail will be officially named, a ribbon will be cut, and the first official rides will happen on the new trail.

It's spring cleaning time (hint, hint) and Mesa County is sponsoring a free day of garbage disposal at the Mesa County Landfill, as well as the Molina, Fruita, Gateway and DeBeque Transfer Stations. Exceptions include tire disposal, electronic waste, appliances containing refrigerants and commercially hauled materials. These items are subject to fees for disposal. Here's the schedule:• Molina Transfer Station - March 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.• Fruita Transfer Station - April 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.• Mesa County Landfill - April 13, 2013, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.• Gateway Transfer Station - April 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.• DeBeque Transfer Station - April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The nation's largest and oldest youth football organization is now in the Grand Valley! Pop Warner programs take pride in developing well-rounded youth who not only learn the fundamentals of football but the importance of academic success and fun.Pop Warner is the only league that limits the amount of contact in practice to assure your child's safety as well as enforcing strict age and weight limits to reduce injury and ensure fair competition. Every child practices, every child plays.The local organization is in the building stage of the league and is in need of quality coaches and administrative staff. Fall 2013 will be the inaugural season.If interested in helping out, contact Western Slope Pop Warner at 970-234-3919 or email

The Passion 4 Purple Craft & Vendor Fair will be held March 15-16 at Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive.In addition to supporting Relay for Life, many of the crafters and vendors participating are motivated by being cancer survivors or having been caregivers for persons who have had cancer. The money raised by the booth fees of the fair will go to aid in cancer research.Hours are 2-9 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

The BLM has extended the public comment period an additional 60 days on its Draft Grand Junction Resource Management Plan until June 24, and has scheduled an additional community meeting to discuss the RMP's travel management alternatives.The extension came in response to requests from the Mesa County commissioners and other stakeholders.When finalized, the plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions for the next several decades on more than 1 million surface acres and 1.2 million acres of subsurface mineral estate in Mesa and Garfield counties.BLM has scheduled the additional community meeting Saturday, April 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Two Rivers Convention Center.

With spring upon us, the Mesa County Health Department is warning residents to avoid exposure to hantavirus as they begin spring cleaning projects. Precautions are especially important while cleaning homes, sheds, out buildings, cabins, barns or other areas where mice or mouse droppings are present.Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome is caused by a virus that is carried primarily by deer mice, which are characterized by their color - brown on top and white underneath and by their large ears. The infected rodents excrete the virus in their urine, droppings and saliva. These droppings contaminate dirt and dust. People are infected by inhaling airborne particles of the virus or by direct contact with rodents, their droppings or nests.

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