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This week’s … local news briefs

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The perpetual construction of the Rimrock/Independent Ave. intersection will under go a partial closure for paving starting 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, through 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

During this time, right turns into and out of the intersection from I-70B will be allowed. However, vehicles wishing to turn left into the intersection will follow posted detours to their destination, be it the Sam’s Club shopping area to the north, or the Rimrock Marketplace to the south. So no left turns.

Discrimination presentation set

ACLU of Colorado speaker Kathleen Hynes, Ph.D., will give a presentation on discrimination of immigrants and the LGBT community at a free public event 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, sponsored by Humanists Doing Good at Colorado Mesa University, Houston Hall, room 138.

The event will also feature presentations from the CMU Secular Student Alliance and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope, which will mark Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12) by focusing on discrimination against people with mental illnesses.

Be a disaster volunteer

The W. Colo. Chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a Disaster Services Training Academy Oct. 11-13 in Grand Junction. Training courses for entry level volunteers will focus on preparing to become a Red Cross local disaster responder and shelter worker. Training is free and open to the public. For more information call 970-242-6646 or 970-242-6640.

Volunteers are currently needed in the following areas: disaster public affairs, social media specialist, features reporter, mental health provider, health services provider and local disaster action team members.

Autism seminar planned

Do you have a child with autism who has challenging behavior such as biting, hitting and tantrums? Learn some tools and information to help with this.

Firefly Autism West (formerly Western Slope Behavior Services) is offering a special autism seminar 9-noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at First Christian Church, 1326 N. First St. Cost is $15/family; scholarships available. RSVP to or call 970-335-9727. The program is geared toward parents, family members and professionals.

Got ObamaCare questions? They got answers

There has been much confusion surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the start of the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace. Hilltop’s Health Access is now open with the sole mission of providing “local answers you can trust.” Staff is on-site to provide unbiased information and assistance free of charge for all the health plan options available. Here consumers will find a one-stop solution to compare health care plans, explore financial assistance, and get help applying for the option that makes sense.

The Health Access office is now open at 602 Bookcliff Ave. For more information, call 970-244-0850 or visit


The Mesa County Public Library Foundation announced this week that it has successfully reached its fundraising goal for the capital campaign to benefit the new expansion and remodel of the Central Library, located at Fifth and Grand.

The campaign’s goal was $1.25 million, and the final tally of funds raised is $1,251,509. Sources of funds include grants and contributions from numerous organizations, foundations and individuals.

Total cost of the project is $7.1 million with funds coming from a variety of sources, including the MC Public Library District, the MC Public Library Foundation, Friends of the MC Libraries, other government entities, businesses, individuals and grants. The project was accomplished without a tax increase and without debt.

SafeCare for at-risk kids

Mesa County has been selected as one of three sites statewide to launch the SafeCare Colorado program.

The program will provide services to at-risk families with young children in Mesa County and will be offered through MC Health Dept. and MC Dept. of Human Services. SafeCare is an evidence-based behavioral parent training program for families at risk or reported for physical abuse or child neglect.

The health dept. recently made parenting and the importance it plays in the well-being of children a priority. SafeCare will be an additional tool to provide that support. For more info, visit

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