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The Bureau of Land Management's Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Mesa County Courthouse Annex Multipurpose Room, 544 Rood Ave.

The meeting is open to the public, and one 30-minute public comment period is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Depending on the number of speakers, the council may limit the length of presentations. Speakers are encouraged to submit a written copy of their statement at the meeting for the administrative record.

The BLM expects to release a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area for public review in late April 2013.

Gluten Free Grand Valley (GFGV) is holding its April meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.

GFGV is a community group which strives to provide support and serve as a resource for the gluten-free population in the Grand Valley, while raising awareness about gluten-free needs within the community.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Christopher Lepisto, N.D., who will be talking about nutrition and celiac disease. There will also be a food sampling from Main Street Bagels.

The Palisade Recreation Dept. and Grand Valley Bikes are hosting the Palisade Bike Rodeo Saturday, April 6, at the Palisade Community Center, 120 W Eighth St. Registration opens at 9:45 a.m. and the event begins at 10.

The bike rodeo will feature bike safety checks, rules of the road, bike obstacle course, prizes, and even basic tune-up demos for adults and teens. The event is free to the public. A limited number of bikes and helmets will be available for use during the event, so participants are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets.

For more information, contact Sarah at or 970-464-5602.

Last week Gov. Hickenlooper signed a bill that repealed an outdated 19th century state law which made adultery a crime. According to the Associated Press (AP), the repeal takes effect 90 days after the Colorado Legislature adjourns in May. No more "Scarlet Letters" for the offenders.

Also, did you know cow tails were on the agenda of our lawmakers this session? A bill was killed this week that would have required farmers to use anesthesia when cutting off the tails of dairy cows, a common practice in the dairy industry. If the bill had passed, Colorado would have been the fifth state to require anesthesia for dairy cow tail docking, reports the AP. Sponsors of the bill hope to revive the issue next year.

Mesa County Libraries cardholders who are 18 and older are invited to celebrate by submitting original, unpublished poems to the library poetry contest.

The deadline for entries is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20. All entries must be submitted online at

Poems will be judged by Luis Lopez, local poet and former Colorado Mesa University professor. Gift certificates will be awarded to the top three entries.-

A state official said this week that test results received indicated no pollution in Parachute Creek from a large leak near a Williams Midstream natural gas processing plant.

The site of the hydrocarbon plume (leak), which is said to measure 200 feet by 70 feet around and 14 feet deep, is criss-crossed by underground pipelines and tanks that belong to Williams and WPX Energy. The plume was discovered March 8 by a Williams crew.

Work crews continue to excavate and inspect 120-feet of 30-inch pipeline in search of the source of a hydrocarbon leak about four miles up Parachute Creek.

Parachute Creek flows into the Colorado River.

Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates is offering a $500 scholarship for one incoming freshman to the culinary arts program at Western Colorado Community College. The scholarship will be awarded to a local high school senior who plans to attend the Fall 2013 semester and will cover the cost of their required cooking tools and uniforms.

Eligible recipients must be enrolled full time in the Culinary Arts program at WCCC and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA. The recipient will be chosen from one of the local high schools. The winner will be announced Wednesday, May 15.

For more information or to apply, contact Mike at 970-242-3535,

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