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April 4, 2013
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Construction on the 22 Road Realignment Project begins Monday, April 8, with some lane shifts and a reduced speed in the construction zone. Speed limits in the work zone will be reduced to 35 mph.

This project will reconstruct about one-third of a mile of U.S. 6 between Valley Court and the Exit 26 Interchange. The new intersection will move 500 feet west of its existing location. This new location lengthens the intersection spacing with the I-70 Interchange ramps, which will improve traffic efficiency and safety. M.A. Concrete Construction, Inc. was awarded the contract for $3.8 million.

Kids Aid, known for "The Backpack Program," is hoping the public can help them click their way to a grant from Walmart by voting for Kids Aid in the "Fighting Hunger Together" initiative - a national campaign where money is awarded to programs that get the most votes for programs that help alleviate child hunger.

"We are happy to be included in this campaign," said Mike Berry, Kids Aid executive director. "If awarded, these funds would go a long way to provide meals for kids in Mesa County." Voting runs through April 30. Top vote getters will split $3 million in funding from Walmart.

To vote for Kids Aid, go to

The BLM will host a public meeting 4:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Two Rivers Convention Center to discuss its Draft Resource Management Plan's travel management alternatives.

BLM will have maps showing the various proposals, and area groups representing a wide range of viewpoints on road and trail management of BLM lands in the Grand Junction Field Office will also be on hand to help answer questions. BLM personnel will make a brief presentation at 5 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

Following the close of the public comment period, which has been extended to June 24, BLM will use the comments to help develop the Proposed RMP and Travel Management Plan, which are currently expected to be completed in winter of 2014.

A free legal clinic on "How Property Passes At Death" is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, at GJ City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

Hosted by Colorado Legal Services Title III Senior Legal Assistance Program and the Pro Bono Project of Mesa County you will learn the interplay between various ways assets pass at death and how that can affect your planning.

Charles Reams, local attorney and public administrator for Mesa County brings years of experience in wills, estate planning and estate administration. You will learn the difference between probate and non-probate transfers, appointment of fiduciaries, and who should write a will. Call 970-424-5748 to register.

Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are planning four prescribed burns in Mesa County beginning in April and continuing through the end of May.

An agreement completed among the BLM, the Town of Palisade and City of Grand Junction outlines plans for the 646-acre "Palisade Watershed Prescribed Fire," and is designed to improve environmental conditions within the Town of Palisade watershed. The prescribed fire is planned in oak brush and other shrubs on 588 acres owned by the Town of Palisade and 58 acres of BLM.

Because this area hasn't burned in a number of years, a large amount of debris and other fuel for wildfires has built-up. This burn will decrease that fuel load, helping reduce the risk of a much larger wildfire. The planned burn will also improve wildlife habitat by stimulating new, more nutritious plant production in the burned area.

Several additional burns are planned on Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest and BLM lands to reduce natural fuels and improve wildlife habitat:

• The 890-acre "Battlements Prescribed Burn" is planned five miles northeast of Collbran and just west of Brush Creek, in the upper end of Grassy Gulch. This prescribed burn will be 1-2 days in duration.

• The 1,027-acre "Indian Creek Prescribed Burn" is planned 30 miles south of GJ on the Uncompahgre Plateau, adjacent to the Uranium Road. This prescribed burn will be 2-3 days in duration.

• The 1,984-acre "Nick Mountain Prescribed Burn" is planned approximately five miles south of Molina. This prescribed burn will be 2-3 days in duration.

April is National Poetry Month and 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. 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 to Downtown Grand Junction will be awarded to the top three entries.-

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