THIS WEEK’S: Local News Briefs … |

THIS WEEK’S: Local News Briefs …


Smashing records

The reopening of the expanded and improved Central Library helped Mesa County Libraries set a one-month circulation record in July 2013.

During July, patrons of Mesa County Libraries checked out or renewed 147,323 items, eclipsing the previous one-month record of 135,960 items set in June 2011. July’s circulation total marked a 15 percent increase over July 2012.

July 2013 circulation at the Central Library alone, which reopened June 20 after a 10-month expansion and improvement project, registered a 19 percent increase over the same month a year earlier.

Art classes for children

If children can imagine it, they can sculpt it, build it and draw it. Young artists can bring their own ideas or use fairy tales and mythology as jumping off points when they take the new fall classes offered at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St. Classes for children 5-12 years old are available. Register for four- and eight-week classes at the center by calling 970-243-7337, ext. 2, or visiting

Express yourself!

Student auditions for “It’s All About Me: The High School Chronicles,” a show of musical sketches based on the classic themes and drama of high school, is set for 6-9 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20, at W. Colo. Community College in the Health Science area, located at 2501 Blichmann Ave. (follow the signs).

Be prepared to sing a song of your choice and do a cold reading. For more information, contact Theresa Bloom at 970-640-9875.

Open for business

The Business Incubator Center’s new Fruita Satellite office is set to host an official Grand Opening Friday, Aug. 16, at 3:30 p.m., at 325 E. Aspen St. in Fruita, in the Civic Center, on the third floor.

The satellite office will provide nearly all the services available at the main location, including free business coaching, no- or low-cost classes and events for small business, tenant space for lease on site, and more.

The office will be staffed Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and by appointment by calling 970-243-5242. For more information, visit

Comment period extended

The BLM announced last week it will extend the public comment period on the on the Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area and the Dominguez Canyon Wilderness through Sept. 23. The plan will provide a framework to guide subsequent management decisions on approximately 210,000 acres administered by the BLM in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties of western Colorado.

To comment, visit

Tune into the Pro Challenge

The 2013 USA Pro Challenge kicks off with Stage 1 at 1:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, in Aspen/Snowmass. Here’s the rest of the lineup:

• Stage 2, Aug. 20 — Aspen to Breckenridge

• Stage 3, Aug. 21 — Breck to Steamboat Springs

• Stage 4, Aug. 22 — Steamboat to Beaver Creek

• Stage 5, Aug. 23 — Vail

• Stage 6, Aug. 24 — Loveland to Fort Collins

• Stage 7, Aug. 25 — Denver

If you can’t make it in person, watch the action on the NBC Sports Network cable channel.

The field this year will number 128 riders from 31 countries, including reigning Tour de France winner Chris Froome, his first lieutenant Richie Porte, Slovakian superstar Peter Sagan, Aspen favorite Tejay van Garderen, and last year’s defending Pro Challenge champion Christian Vande Velde.

A real confidence builder

You never know when you will need to be able to speak in public. It could be at your church, at a wedding reception or across the table at a family dinner. Let Toastmasters club help you increase your confidence. The area has three clubs to choose from, and all welcome new members.

• Wild Mustangs Toastmasters. Meets 4:45 p.m. Mondays, VA Medical Center, 2121 North Ave., #3204. Info: 970-241-1192.

• Grand Junction Toastmasters. Meets 7:10 a.m. Tuesdays, St. Mary’s Life Center, 1100 Patterson, 2nd floor. Info: 970-242-4863.

• Talk of the Town Toastmasters. Meets noon Thursdays, Business Incubator Center, 2591 B 3/4 Road. Info: 970-250-3969.

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