Local News Briefs: May 17, 2013 | PostIndependent.com

Local News Briefs: May 17, 2013

Free class for those with diabetes

Learn about the benefits of insulin pump therapy and the latest technology in diabetes care 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at St. Mary’s Life Center, 2686 Patterson Rd., Grand Mesa room, second floor. This free class is for people with diabetes on insulin and their family members or caregivers. Space is limited. For more information and to register, call 970-298-2582.

Free art workshops for military veterans

Local artist and Army veteran Patrick G. Metoyer has scheduled two free fiber-arts workshops for military veterans from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 23 at 1670 North Ave. Space is limited, so those interested should call 720-272-7394. Metoyer, an award-winning visual artist and poet, will demonstrate one of the techniques he used in his popular fiber-arts installation during The Art Center’s annual members’ exhibit in February. Metoyer’s “Fire, Air, Earth, and Water – A Totem Landscape” won the best-in-show category.

Your chance to serve

The City of Grand Junction is seeking applicants to serve on the Grand Junction Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. The planning commission hears and decides certain planning and zoning-related issues and will make recommendations to the city council on similar matters. The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and decides appeals of administrative decisions, variances and exceptions to setback requirements. City residency is required for both boards. Apply by sending a letter of interest accompanied by an application addressed to: Grand Junction City Council c/o the City Clerk, 250 N. Fifth St., GJ, CO 81501.

Application forms may be obtained at the City Clerk’s office or downloaded from the city’s website at http://www.gjcity.org. Applications are due by June 17.

Hey there, Fruitians!

Residents of the City of Fruita will be getting a citizen survey form in their mailboxes any day now. The seven-page survey is designed to give city elected and appointed officials feedback on a wide range of issues, including police services, road maintenance, etc. Your participation is critical and the results will help set priorities for the next several years. The survey is confidential and should take 15 minutes to complete. If you don’t receive it in the mail, visit fruitasurvey.org to take it online. For more information, call Odette at 970-858-8373.

More reason to fish

Colorado Parks and Wildlife this week stocked tiger muskie, a large, powerful sportfish, into the reservoir at Harvey Gap State Park. Nearly 150 of the species — the sterile, hybrid offspring of northern pike and muskie — have been released and any angler up to the challenge can begin fishing for the elusive species immediately.

Many fish exceed 30 pounds and some reach up to 50 inches in length.

“It’s certainly a test of angling skills to catch tiger muskie,” said Senior Aquatic Biologist Sherman Hebein. “I expect numerous anglers will come to Harvey Gap to try and catch this amazing fish.”

Spear fishing, bow fishing and the use of gigs to take the fish at Harvey Gap is prohibited.

For more information about fishing in Colorado, go to http://www.bit.ly/colofishing

Outreach event to assist citizens needing an ID

Grand Valley Peace and Justice is hosting the Collaborative ID Project staff back to Grand Junction in an effort to assist citizens who need to obtain proper identification, such as a birth certificate, state ID or replacement green card. It’s hard to function without a proper ID. Without ID, how do you open a bank account, obtain housing, apply for Medicaid or even pick up mail at a post office?

The Outreach Event takes place Friday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center For Independence gymnasium at 740 Gunnison Ave. Bring documents such as birth certificates, expired or out-of-state IDs or driver’s licenses, proof of residency such as current utility bill, etc.

ID Project staff can assist with replacement green-card applications, as well as help U.S. citizens and lawfully present immigrants obtain IDs or birth certificates; however, staff is not able to provide immigration assistance or complete initial green card applications. A translator will be present for those who speak Spanish.

For more information, contact Sherry Cole by email at programcoordinator@gvpeacejustice.org or by calling 970-243-0136.

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