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This week’s … Local News Briefs

Eat a slice for breast cancer

The Hot Tomato, located at 124 N. Mulberry St. in Fruita, is raising funds for breast cancer research by donating 30 percent of its sales on Friday, Oct. 11, to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation, a national charity based in Seattle.

Oct. 11 has been designated as a National Pizza Party Day by Slice of Hope, a pizza industry charitable initiative. Slice of Hope has banded together pizzerias from across the nation in an effort to fight this invasive disease, which will impact hundreds of thousands of women and men this year.

March Against Monsanto event set

Area citizen are planning to join a nationwide March Against Monsanto Saturday, Oct. 12.

Anyone interested should meet at 10 a.m. across the street from the Rimrock Walmart.

March Against Monsanto calls for the permanent boycott of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other harmful agro-chemicals. Marches are scheduled on six continents in 52 countries with events in more than 400 cities.

For more information about the local march, contact Robyn at 970-640-7614.

Tax liens, anyone?

The Mesa County Treasurer’s office reports that this year’s Online Tax Lien Sale will be Nov. 6. The website,, is open and ready for registration. The auction begins Wednesday, Oct. 16, and will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6.

What is a tax lien? A tax lien represents a lien of unpaid real estate taxes, assessments, penalties, advertising costs and fees. Investing in tax liens through purchase at a tax lien sale is just that — an investment, earning 10% interest on funds invested. You purchase the “tax lien,” not the property.

Rake those leaves

The city’s annual Fall Leaf Pick Up Program is set to begin Oct. 14. Residents should have leaves piled in front of their house, on the street, 18 inches away from the curb or directly on the pavement. Leaves need to be on the street by 7 a.m. of the scheduled rake-out date for their area; go online at and click on Leaf Removal Program link to see when the leaf vacuum crew will be in your neighborhood.

For residents who prefer to bag their leaves, bring bagged leaves to the City Municipal Services Center, 333 West Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 16 and Dec. 13-14.

CMU Art Dept. Open House

Thursday, Oct. 17, the Colo. Mesa Univ. Art Dept. will host its annual Open House for high school art students and their teachers from noon-4 p.m. in the Fine Arts bldg. and Delta Field.

This year, art students from CMU and Grand Junction High School will cast tiles and sculptures in an “Iron Pour,” working with sculpture professors. After being cast in iron, the individual tiles will come together to create a wall hanging of a tiger, GJHS’s mascot. The Iron Pour will take place on Delta Field, on the east side of CMU’s Fine Arts building. Event is free, open to the public; for more info, call 970-248-1833.

Girl Scouts to honor ‘Women of Distinction’

Girl Scouts of Colorado announced this week the 2013 inductees into the esteemed Women of Distinction program in Grand Junction. This year’s three local honorees were chosen based on their contributions to Girl Scouts and the community, both professionally and personally.

To be honored at a breakfast Oct. 15 at The Art Center are:

• Lois Dunn, real estate broker, Invest in Colorado West, Inc.

• Teresa Coons, executive director, Math and Science Center

• Lisa Boyd, co-owner, No Coast Sushi

Train for a 5K

Whether you are trying to get back into shape or run your first 5K, Palisade Recreation Dept. has a great beginners program. An eight-week 5K training class will be held on Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 16-Dec. 4. Registration is $35 for the program, plus all participants will receive a discount to register for the Jingle Bell Run. Contact Palisade Rec. at 970-464-5602 to enroll. Just do it!

Riverfront Trail closures

During October, the City of GJ is closing several sections of the Riverfront Trail for repairs. Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 7-14 — Fourth Street at the Riverside Parkway going west past the railroad bridge.

Oct. 14-18 — Watson Island area.

Oct. 21-TBD — High Country Court area.

For more information contact Mike at 970-254-3843 or

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