Local News Briefs: May 24, 2013
The Grand Junction High School Class of 1964 is looking for missing classmates in preparation of its 50th class reunion in 2014. If you are one of those missing, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cliff at 970-245-9511 or Sandi at 970-263-8087.
Improve your leadership skills
The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce has been offering the Mesa County Leadership Program for close to 20 years and is currently accepting applications for the next class which starts in September 2013. The deadline is May 31 for applications and no more than 20 people will be accepted into the program.
Classes are one day a month and focus on different aspects of the community including education, health care, local government, nonprofits, public lands and water. Participants will complete a leadership retreat and also travel to Denver on the Chamber’s Annual Trip to the State Capitol as well.
To date, close to 300 people have completed the course and many have gone on to serve in leadership roles on nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions. Graduation ceremonies for the 2012-13 class will take place 5:30 p.m. June 4 in the Ute Water Conservancy District meeting room.
The Art Center Used Book and Supply store is cleaning house. So all books, frames and art materials are 50 percent off through May 30. All proceeds from store sales benefit the Teen and Young Adult (Ages 13-35) Scholarship and Internship program.
The Art Center is located at 1803 N. Seventh St. and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enforcement of pet ordinance begins May 25
Based on the recently enacted Public Pet Rehoming Permit ordinance, pet owners are required to have a Public Pet Rehoming Permit in order to rehome cats and dogs in public places.
Applications for a permit are available at the Mesa County Animal Services website (animalservices.mesacounty.us). There is no fee for the permit and all applications will be processed within five working days.
If you see individuals selling or rehoming dogs or cats in public areas including parking lots, street corners, in front of businesses (like Walmart), call Mesa County Animal Services at 970-242-4646 so an officer can be notified. A first violation is a $50 fine and subsequent violations are progressive in nature. A second or more violation may involve impoundment.
You do not need a permit if you are a licensed breeder or private citizen selling from home or through a pet store. Nonprofit animal rescues or shelters holding adopting events also do not need a permit.
Local churches and organizations are coming together to put on a Worship Service 8 a.m. Sunday, May 26, in the Lincoln Park Bandstand Area, near the playgrounds.
Keynote speaker Brian Holman will present the message, “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.” Holman is a former Major League baseball player for the Montreal Expos and the Seattle Mariners. He uses his life experiences to encourage and inspire a host of audiences. Local musician David Jergensen will provide music.
Everyone is invited, especially our out-of-town baseball guests, to come to the service in their JUCO attire, enjoy the message, and have some free refreshments. Family, coaches, teams and fans are invited to this event.
Closed, but not for long
Mesa County Central Library, located temporarily at First and Gunnison, will be closed June 1-19 while library materials, shelves, furnishings and equipment are moved to the newly expanded building at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue.
The library will close at 6 p.m. Friday, May 31. A Grand Reopening Celebration is planned for Thursday, June 20, at the Fifth and Grand location. Branch libraries will continue to operate on their regular schedules.
Books checked out from the Central Library during the rest of May will be due in July. Book drops where patrons can return materials are available at branches. The Book Drop at the temporary Central Library on First Street also will remain available after the rest of the library is closed.
Participants in the 2013 Summer Reading Program are urged to check out reading materials before the Central Library closes May 31. Patrons may check out as many as 40 items, which should give most readers a good head start on reaching their Summer Reading Program goals.
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