This week’s: Local News Briefs … |

This week’s: Local News Briefs …

Building dedication

The public is invited to tour the new Fire Administration building remodel at an open house celebration and dedication ceremony set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sixth and Ute.

The new admin building is the last piece to be completed as part of the Grand Junction Public Safety Facilities project, which includes Fire Station #2 and GJPD.

If you hear a blaring siren downtown around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, don’t be alarmed (get it?). Officials plan to sound off the ’70s-era siren to commemorate the occasion and mark the end of the construction project.

Free presentation

Margie Beal, past president of the League of Women Voters of Colorado, will speak on “Building and Sustaining a Grassroots, Membership-Based Organization” 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in room 221 of the CMU University Center.

Folks from other community organizations with an interest in growing their membership and developing leaders are welcome to attend this free presentation. A social with light refreshments starts at 6:30 p.m.

‘The Doctor Is In’

The Parkinson Association of the Rockies is in its third year of “The Doctor Is In” seminar series.

The program in GJ on Saturday, Sept. 7, will feature expert speakers:

Dr. Mariel Szapiel, who will discuss different treatment options for Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Seth Kareus, who will be focusing on Parkinson’s disease support happening on the Western Slope.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd. Free but pre-registration is required at 866-718-2996. Lunch is provided.

Sound off on transportation issues

The Transportation Legislation Review Committee (TLRC), which is comprised of 18 state lawmakers, will take to the road next week to hear firsthand from western Coloradans on transportation-related issues.

Committee members State Sens. Rollie Heath, Nancy Tood and Matt Jones will be in GJ Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 2-3:30 p.m. at CMU’s University Center South Ballroom. These meetings are an opportunity for the public to have a say in the future of Colorado’s roads, bridges, public transit and regulatory programs.


All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 10, for computer hardware migration and staff training. Library locations will reopen at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 with limited services for the rest of the day.

Film screening benefits CMU Cycling Team

The CMU Cycling Team has planned a screening of the documentary, “Right to Play,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the University Center ballroom. Proceeds benefit the Right to Play Foundation and the cycling team.

“Right to Play” is the story of Norwegian speed-skating gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, who founded the nonprofit organization, Right to Play, which brings sports to children in Third-World and war-torn countries.

To purchase tickets, email Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis — $5/students and $10/nonstudents.

Behold, Mind Springs Health

Starting September, Colorado West Mental Health, the 40-year-old, Colorado-based behavioral health organization, has changed its name to Mind Springs Health, and the Grand Junction psychiatric hospital they operate will be known as West Springs Hospital. No reason was given for the name change.

In addition, they’ve added some new local faces to the board — Brad McCloud and Carol Skubic, both of Grand Junction. The psychiatric hospital has its own board and recently elected to that board are Jill Hilty, M.D., and Mesa County Administrator Tom Fisher.

Free course on mental illness

NAMI Western Slope (The National Alliance on Mental Illness) is sponsoring a FREE “Colorado Visions” educational course, designed for parents and caregivers of children and adolescence living with mental illness.

This five-week series of classes will be held 6:30-9 p.m. beginning Sept. 19. For more information or to register, call 970-462-3989. Visit for more information.

Some of the many course topics that will be covered include conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, coping and self care, PTSD and more.

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