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The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) will host an orientation and training for anyone interested in helping with the Grand Valley Wildlife Rescue Team. Interviews will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. at the DOW Northwest Regional Service Center, 711 Independent Ave., Grand Junction. Interested volunteers will be briefed on rescue team requirements and screened for compatibility. Volunteers selected for the team will be required to attend a training session on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Wildlife Rescue Team assists the DOW by responding to calls regarding orphaned and injured wildlife. The animals are transported to wildlife rehabilitators, veterinarians, or to the local DOW office. Capture and transport equipment and training are provided, but volunteers must have a dependable vehicle. Volunteers can also learn about habitat enhancement projects, animal trap-and-transplant operations and other upcoming wildlife activities where help is needed.For more information regarding this volunteer opportunity contact Frank McGee, DOW District Wildlife Manager at (970) 255-6115, frank.mcgee@state.co.us.

Mental Health America of Colorado honored Sen. Al White at the 17th annual Legislative Education & Advocacy Day (LEAD) on Friday, Feb. 5, in Denver. Sen. White and Rep. Edward Casso (House District 32) both received the Legislator of the Year award for their strong support of mental health, particularly during the 2009 legislative session. Even with difficult budget cuts to make, these legislators stood to defend our state’s vulnerable constituents and provide them with the opportunity to thrive.


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