Grand Junction briefs: June 7, 2013 |

Grand Junction briefs: June 7, 2013


Time for Gladiator football

The Grand Junction Gladiators football team opens its 2013 season 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Stocker Stadium.

The ADFL defending champs will be donating a portion of ticket sales to a local cause, and they’ve chosen to support folks afflicted with chiari malformation, a developmental defect where the cerebellum is squeezed into the space of the upper spinal cord. The team’s hope is to bring awareness to this condition affecting some of the youth in our valley.

Admission to the game is $5/adults, $2.50/teens; kids under 12 are always free.

Fluffy flapjack time

The 46th annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day at Two Rivers Convention Center is set for Friday, June 14, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast (pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee and juice), a silent auction with gift ideas for Father’s Day, a cake walk game for kids, and live music. Proceeds help local organizations, which help kids. Tickets at the door are $5/adult or for two children under 12. Or you call 970-216-1707 or log on to

Outdoor opportunity for youth

High school students from the GJ area are invited to participate in a four-day Youth Stewardship Summit at the Pickle Gulch Campground near Black Hawk Aug. 1-4.

The outdoor summit is hosted by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, a statewide nonprofit that engages thousands of youth each year in outdoor volunteerism and leadership.

Spots are available for 20 GJ area participants ages 14-18. Participants will camp for three nights. Days will be packed with activities focused on environmental ethics, leadership skill-building, outdoor volunteer service, and outdoor recreation.

To apply, contact Fran at or call 970-244-3031. A $15 fee covers transportation to the campground, all meals, camping gear and activities.

Passing the torch

Grand Valley Audubon Society owns almost 70 acres of wildlife riparian habitat along the Colorado River five minutes from downtown, and it is home to more than 45 species of birds and other wildlife.

GVAS member Bob Wilson has spent thousands of hours reclaiming this preserve, along with lots of help from the GVAS and community volunteers. But now Wilson is ready to turn supervision over to someone else. If you might be interested, email

Free Pasture Management Workshop set

Mesa Feed Mart, 715 S. Seventh, is hosting a free Pasture Management Workshop 2-5 p.m. Monday, June 22.

Attendees will gain hands-on skills and knowledge in irrigation water management, soil and plant growth, and developing pasture and hayland seed mixes.

The workshop is perfect for small acreage managers, pasture managers, irrigation water managers, and anyone interested in maximizing forage quality and yields. Seating is limited; RSVP to Judy at 970-242-7762 by June 20.

Summer sports camp for kids

The churches of Canyon View Vineyard, Downtown Vineyard, First Presbyterian, Monument Presbyterian, New Life, and River of Life Alliance are hosting “Off the Bench” sports camp in partnership with UW Sports Ministry of Colorado Springs.

The camp will offer coaching and instruction in soccer, flag football, and cheerleading for children ages 6-12 and basketball and volleyball for children ages 8-12. Camp will be held the week of June 24-28 at Columbine Park, 544 28 1/4 Road, from 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The camp is open to all kids; register at any of the sponsoring churches or call 970-242-1923. Registration fee is $50 and all campers will receive a camp T-shirt.

Congrats to the Veterans Cemetery

Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado will receive the prestigious “Excellence of Appearance” award from the US Department of Veterans Affairs June 12.

In September 2012, the VA conducted a Triennial Review Inspection of the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 2830 Riverside Pkwy. The cemetery successfully passed this review and achieved the Excellence of Appearance Award from the Veterans Cemetery Grants Service.

The award recognizes the cemetery “for maintaining the cemetery grounds in an exceptional manner for the families and visitors of western Colorado.”

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