Local News Briefs: 5/10/13 | PostIndependent.com

Local News Briefs: 5/10/13

Free legal clinic coming up

Colorado Legal Services Senior Legal Assistance Program and the Mesa County Pro Bono Project are presenting a free legal clinic on “Power Against Fraud,” Thursday, May 16, from 9-11 a.m., at GJ City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

Call 970-424-5748 to reserve a seat. Christina Cornelison-Travis will be discussing how to identify financial scams, ID theft, and tips on how to protect yourself so as not to become a victim.

Moving forward with Obamacare

Did you know that Colorado has a health insurance? It’s called “Connect for Health Colorado” and you can learn all about it at http://www.connectforhealthco.org.

The website is designed to help people understand how the new exchange will work, how it affects different populations and to answer questions about health insurance and the operation of the exchange, according to the Bell Policy Center.

Coloradans can begin using the exchange to shop for health insurance on Oct. 1, 2013; the insurance will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The exchange is part of the Affordable Care Act.

‘Stamp Out Hunger’ on Saturday

On Saturday, May 11, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will join forces with United Way of Mesa County to help Stamp Out Hunger in Mesa County.

Last year in Mesa County, letter carriers collected and distributed a record 102,000 pounds of food! All food donated stays local.

Residents are asked to fill a grocery bag with non-perishable foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal and place it next to their mailbox the morning of May 11. Local letter carriers will collect food as they deliver the mail and then take the food donations to Agape Food Basket in Fruita, Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen, Child and Migrant Services in Palisade, Community Food Bank, Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army.

New websiteS

The Free Press at gjfreepress.com wasn’t the only one who debuted a new website recently.

The Western Slope ATV Association has revamped its website at wsatva.org. Check it out and learn more about the organization and all the fun they have and the conservation they do in this region.

Nominations sought

All former students who took their Colorado Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education course in Grand Junction now have the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the “Grand Valley Hunter Education Instructor of the Year.” The award will honor the invaluable contributions the volunteer instructors have made toward making hunting one of the safest forms of outdoor recreation.

Nominations must be received by midnight, May 24. To nominate, send an essay of 500 words or less about why your choice should be selected to: Colorado Parks and Wildlife, c/o DWM Frank McGee, 711 Independent Ave., GJ, CO 81505. Or email to frank.mcgee@state.co.us. The winner will be honored at a public BBQ, June 1.

‘Switch’ to this idea

The acclaimed documentary “SWITCH – Discover the Future of Energy” will be screened at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the CMU University Ballroom. Free, open to the public.

Is fracking polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future? Get the answers to today’s most important energy questions during the screening.

In Switch, energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia. In the end, he cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical. For more info, visit switchenergyproject.com.


In last week’s air quality story, which ran on page 6, the e-mail for contacting Citizens for Clean Air was incomplete. The correct e-mail address is mmagency1@mindspring.com.

Of note: The Free Press four-part series looking at air quality in Mesa County will conclude next week with a story that focuses on oil and gas development impacts on air quality. Stay tuned!

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