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HomewardBound homeless shelter is holding a food drive Saturday, March 23, at Redlands Albertsons, the 1st & Rood City Market and Horizon Drive Safeway. Donations of food help provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for 100+ people in need every day of the week.The shelter is also in need of volunteers; if interested contact Sherry at 970-256-9424, ext. 4.

The American Cancer Society is seeking teams for the Relay For Life of Fruita. An informational meeting will take place at Fruita La Quinta Inn 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at 570 Raptor Road.Relay For Life is the society's national signature, overnight fundraising activity. Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.Teams are encouraged to sign up; the event is set for May 31 at Fruita 8/9 School Track and Field in Fruita.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting and fishing licenses are on sale now for the 2013-14 seasons at retail outlets, at parks and wildlife offices and online. Anglers are reminded that they must have a new license by April 1. Lion hunters also now have an extra month - through April - for hunting, but they must buy a new license on or after April 1. That license will be valid through March 31, 2014. A resident annual fishing license costs $26. Ages 15 and under are not required to purchase an annual license; however, if they plan to fish with a second line, they must buy a second-rod stamp for $5. Senior annual licenses for those 64 or older cost just $1.A combination fishing-small game license is available for $41. A small-game license costs $21, but only $1.75 for those under 18. Turkey season starts April 13. A resident license is $21 and just $11 for anyone under 18. Remember that the deadline for applying for big-game limited licenses is April 2.Did you get all that?

Highline Lake State Park out in Loma invites water lovers to bring their boats and fishing gear, jet skis, water skis, wakeboards and wet or dry suits because they're open for business.However, before launching watercraft at Highline, the public is reminded of mandatory inspections of aquatic nuisance species. The inspections are in effect at all parks, and boats with one or more ballast tanks must go through decontamination unless the boat already has a green inspection seal.Only the west ramp at Highline will open for launching watercraft and aquatic nuisance species inspections. ANS inspectors will be available only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the month of March.

More than 250 of the best cookie recipes all in one place with beautiful cookie photos in a 114-page, quality-printed book. The Grand Junction Veterans Golden Age Games Team is selling the "Best of Country Cookies" recipe book for $10 each. Proceeds benefit the team, which is made up of disabled veterans who will be traveling to Buffalo, N.Y., to compete in the 2013 VA Golden Age Games.To purchase a recipe book, call Joe at 970-712-2717. Also, mark your calendar: The Golden Age Team will be putting on its Spring Yard Sale April 20 in the VA Medical Center parking lot.

A report released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranks each state's counties on health outcomes of disease and mortality as well as on factors that contribute to overall well-being.According to this report, Mesa County ranks 33rd in health outcomes and 33rd in health factors out of 59 counties ranked in Colorado.The report also shows how Mesa County ranks on individual factors that influence its overall health ranking. For example, Mesa County is strong in the area of clinical care, where it ranked 8 out of 59.However, the report indicates that Mesa County is at risk for poor health when it comes to health behaviors, where it ranked 46 out of 59, and mortality, where it ranked 36 out of 59. Primary factors contributing to the health behavior ranking are teen birth rates and rates of sexually transmitted infections. The mortality ranking is associated with Mesa County's rates of suicide and motor vehicle deaths.The online report is available at

On Thursday, Gov. Hickenlooper signed the law granting civil unions for gay couples in Colorado. It passed this year, after failing last year. What a difference a year makes. The law takes effect May 1, according to the Associated Press.

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