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The Garfield County board of county commissioners will not meet on Monday, March 7, its regular meeting day, because two of the commissioners will not be in town.

Commissioners John Martin and Mike Samson will be traveling to Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Association of Counties.

The two are scheduled to be out of town for three days, and administrative assistant Dawn Burgess said there are no formal BOCC meetings scheduled for the rest of the week.

The Grand River Hospital District board named Jim Coombs as the new chief executive officer of the district. Coombs will be move to his new position on April 4, and replaces outgoing CEO Martie Wisdom.

Coombs has served as the hospital district’s chief financial officer for five years.

“Our board has the utmost confidence that he will continue his great work as the district’s CEO and that the leadership transition will be seamless,” said Sam Potter, board president.

“I am looking forward to being able to serve Grand River Hospital District and our local communities in this role,” Coombs said. “I believe in the future of this organization and our mission to improve the health and well being of the communities we serve.”

The district operates Grand River Hospital and Medical Center, the E Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, Battlement Mesa Medical Clinic, Grand River Student Health Center and Grand River Health and Safety Center in Parachute.

A symposium, “Biomass to Biofuels in Western Colorado: Economic and Rural Development,” will focus on the need for biofuels in the region, developing sustainable biomass resources in western Colorado, and local production of biofuels and associated economic considerations.

The one-day conference is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at Colorado Mountain College West Garfield campus, 3695 Airport Rd. in Rifle.

A tour of Colorado Mountain College’s biofuel processing facility will end the conference.

Information presented at the conference will benefit government officials, farmers and ranchers, students, business owners and energy industry representatives.

The Western Colorado Carbon Neutral Bioenergy Consortium, a partnership among Colorado State University, Colorado Mountain College, the City of Rifle and Flux Farm Foundation, is sponsoring the event.

The group formed in 2009 to study the potential in the region to produce and process biomass for biofuels such as ethanol, butanol and synthesis gas.

Registration and conference details are available online at http://www.wccnbc.org. Registration deadline is March 17. Cost is $10 per person, including lunch, payable at the door. Seating is limited to the first 200 people.

For information, contact Barbara K. V. Johnson, conference coordinator, at 625-6945 or bkvjohnson@coloradomtn.edu.

Veterans on the Western Slope may have received text messages or e-mails from a sender identified as “VAMC,” asking them to confirm their full name, date of birth and full Social Security number by texting or e-mailing the information back.

No branch or office of the U.S. Department of Veterans ever asks for this information when contacting a veteran.

Any veterans receiving this text should contact the VA Inspector General’s office to report the scam attempt using the toll-free hotline at 1-800-488-8244 or e-mail vaoighotline@va.gov.

The Grand Junction VA Medical Center is piloting a secure messaging system, but this program is very limited at this time and must be signed up for in person.

When a patient calls the center, staff may request personal information to confirm their identity, but again, when the VA medical center calls the patient, staff should never ask for that information.

A story in the March 3 Post Independent misquoted New Castle area resident Barbara Orcutt as being opposed to a proposed vehicular closure of a section of East Elk Creek Road north of town. She is in favor of closing the road to vehicles.

The Post Independent regrets the error.

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