This week’s must-read … Local News Briefs
Brush up with ‘Mule Deer 101’
Every hunting season brings novice mule deer hunters into the field, eager to learn and have a successful hunt. For new hunters that may not have a mentor or experienced hunters looking for an edge, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a free, Mule Deer Hunting 101 class 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the CPW Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave.
The seminar will cover mule deer habitat, biology, animal distribution, hunting strategies and hunting equipment. Regulations, field dressing techniques and recipes will also be discussed.
Registration is required and space is limited; call 970-255-6100, or go to http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/35688.
Did your student win the brain lottery?
Have you ever wondered what gifted and talented resources are available in School District 51? What is advanced programming? How are students identified for gifted and talented?
Get your questions answered at a GT Parent Info Night 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Bookcliff Middle School cafeteria, 540 29 ¼ Road. The event will be presented by Heather Baskin, D51’s GT coordinator.
Volunteer tutors needed
The Riverside Educational Center, a local, nonprofit organization serving a low-income population of K-12th grade students, needs volunteers to tutor K-5th grade students one night per week — Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 p.m.
No experience necessary. Services begin Aug. 26 and are for 14 weeks. If interested, contact Joy Hudak at 970-589-5039, email@example.com.
Free legal clinic
A free clinic on “Reporting and Mistreatment of At-Risk Adults and Elderly” is set for 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at GJ City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St. Call 970-424-5748 to register.
Candace McGuire, supervisor of Adult Protection Services for Mesa County Dept. of Human Services, will discuss issues surrounding neglect, abuse, recognizing and reporting mistreatment and neglect of at-risk adults and elderly. She will also discuss the Colorado new mandatory adult abuse reporting law which goes into effect July 2014.
The clinic is hosted by the Mesa County Pro Bono Project and Colorado Legal Services Senior Legal Assistance Program.
Bird hunting seminar set
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is teaching a new, free “Upland Bird Hunting 101” seminar 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the CPW Hunter Education Building, 711 Independent Ave.
Experts will cover a variety of topics including bird habitat, biology, behavior and distribution of both native and non-native birds.
Because upland birds are often found in heavy cover, hunters often use dogs to flush and retrieve game and their use will also be among the topics discussed.
Reservation is required at 970-255-6100, or visit http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/35686.
Lace up your sneaks
The seventh annual Mary’s Loop Kokopelli Classic Trail Run is set for Aug. 24 at the Kokopelli Trailhead in Loma, exit 15. The event is a benefit for Mesa County Search & Rescue Ground Team.
Runners take their mark at 7 a.m. Awards and prizes will be handed out to winners of the 8-mile and 16-mile course. The cost if you register in advance is $30 for the 8 mile; $50 for the 16 mile. Add $5 for race-day registration. For more info, call 970-270-6147. To register online, visit Active.com.
Cinematic feast for hunters
With big-game hunting season around the corner, get amped up by checking out an upcoming screening of Danner’s “The Trembling Giant” 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at CMU Ballroom. Pick up free advance tickets at Sportsman’s Warehouse in GJ.
“The Trembling Giant” is a feature-length, documentary film inspired by the beauties of elk camp, the passion for hunting in the rugged Rocky Mountains, and the unique connection between man, animal and nature. For more info and to view the trailer, visit http://www.tremblinggiant.com.
Are your affairs in order?
Attend an “Estate Planning” educational seminar 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at RSVP, 422 White Ave., lower level US Bank Building.
Attorney Billie Castle will cover the differences between wills and trusts and what individuals need to know about end-of-life decisions. Questions are always welcome. Seating is limited; call 970-243-9839 to reserve.
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Independence Pass opened just before 2 p.m. Friday after closing earlier this week because of a series of snowstorms, a Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman said Friday.