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CMU student gov’t to host candidate forum
Colorado Mesa University’s Associated Student Government, in conjunction with Strong Schools, Strong Community, is set to co-host a forum for the District 51 School Board candidates.
The forum is 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the CMU University Center Ballroom.
Candidates will be asked a series of questions from the sponsoring organizations followed by community member input. The event is open to the public.
The public is invited to join the annual Mesa County Historical Society for a good old-fashioned potluck picnic. Bring a dish to share; chicken, service, lemonade, peaches and ice cream, and entertainment will be provided.
The event is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Cross Orchards, 3073 Patterson Road. Several exhibits will be open at the farm for all to enjoy. RSVP at 970-242-0971 so they can make sure they have enough chicken.
MCHS is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Mesa County history through meetings and programs. For more information, call MCHS President Priscilla Mangnall at 970-260-5226 or email Priscilla.Mangnall@gmail.com.
Local college fair
High school students are invited to a college fair hosted by Community Scholars GJ from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Victory Life Church, 2066 Hwy. 6 and 50. Colleges represented include: Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Northern Colo., Colo. Mesa Univ., Univ. of Colo., Colo. State Univ., U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. School of Mines, Metro State Univ., and many more. For information or to RSVP, contact Elizabeth Rogers at 970-985-2380 or email@example.com.
Any final comments?
The BLM is set to conclude a 130-day comment period on Sept. 23 for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area draft Resource Management Plan.
The draft plan that will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on approximately 210,000 acres of BLM-administered land in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties. The BLM will use the public comments to help develop a Proposed Resource Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement, which is scheduled for release in July 2014.
Free, legal clinic
“Medicaid, What To Do With Limited Resources: Assistance for Seniors, Caregivers, and Disabled” is being offered from 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at GJ City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.
Local elder law attorney Drew Moore will be presenting. Call 970-424-5748 to register.
If you or a family member has to apply for Medicaid as a long-term care health care option, this clinic can give you the answers to make an informed decision. If you want to know about the “Medicaid Buy In Program” and other assistance programs to help you understand Medicaid, what it covers and doesn’t cover, this clinic will help address those questions.
CMU enrollment up
Colo. Mesa University’s enrollment increased 3.6 percent this fall compared to last with the largest number of first-time freshmen in its history.
This fall’s official count was 9,369 students compared with 9,046 at the same time last year. First-time entering students totaled 2,186 compared with 2,067 last year, an increase of 5.8 percent.
Figures were based on enrollment as of Sept. 3. Typically, enrollment continues to increase through the fall. For example, the census date enrollment at CMU for fall 2012 was 9,046. The fall tern ended with 9,482 students who were enrolled. By the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, CMU had served 11,169 students.
Let the games begin
Former GJ mayor and city councilman Gregg Palmer announced this week that he will run for Mesa County commissioner. He looks to fill the seat of term-limited county commissioner Steve Acquafresca, who represents District 2 in Mesa County. The election is November 2014.
Palmer, a Republican, will be challenged by former Congressman Scott McInnis (R), who also recently announced his intention to run for the District 2 commissioner seat.
PCP continues to expand
Tabeguache Sports Medicine, the newest division of Primary Care Partners, recently opened offering a wide range of treatments for sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions.
The service is another piece in the continuum of care offered by PCP. Other offerings include physical therapy, lab and diagnostic services, an after-hours clinic, nutrition counseling and diabetic education, three family practice groups and a pediatric group.
Their offices adjoin The Physical Therapy Specialty Center, located in the lower level of the Primary Care Partners building, 3150 N. 12th St. For appointments, call 970-256-5201.
Peace Corps Volunteer Reunion set
A group of returned Peace Corps volunteers who served in Tanzania and Kenya, East Africa, will hold a reunion in GJ Sept. 26-29. On Sept. 18, during the GJ City Council meeting, Mayor Sam Susuras proclaimed the weekend of Sept. 26-29, Returned U.S. Peace Corps Weekend, honoring the Peace Corps volunteers who served in Tanzania and Kenya from 1966-1969.
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