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This week’s … Local News Briefs

Provide ‘Comfort & Joy’ to hospitalized vets

The Free Press’ seventh annual “Comfort & Joy – Gifts for Veterans” program is well underway. The program, in support of the GJ VA Medical Center and local and regional veterans, seeks donations of the following items: crossword/word search books (large print, please); small tubes of toothpaste; soft toothbrushes; denture cleanser tablets; denture adhesive; two-sided denture brushes; twin razor blades and pocket combs; knit hats and mittens. Items must be new and unwrapped.

Donations will be accepted at the Free Press Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at 145 N. Fourth St., through Dec. 31. For more information, call 970-243-2200, ext. 18200.


Operation Walk

On Dec. 3 and 6, orthopedic surgeons from Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates (RMOA) in partnership with St. Mary’s Hospital will provide free hip and/or knee replacements to four selected patients from Grand Junction as part of Operation Walk USA 2013.

Arthritic disease is the most common cause of disability in the U.S., affecting approximately 48 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. Countless men and women continue to live with severe arthritic pain and immobility because they cannot afford joint replacement surgery.

The four chosen patients were referred through the Marillac Clinic. All aspects of treatment – surgery, hospitalization, and pre-and post-operative care, etc. — will be provided at no cost to the patients. The two surgeons performing the operations are Drs. Jeffrey M. Nakano and Steven J. Heil, both from RMOA.


Visit a ‘Giving Tree’

Giving Trees decorated with gift requests from underprivileged Mesa County residents of all ages are available at the Central Library in Grand Junction and library branches in Clifton, Collbran, De Beque, Fruita and Palisade.

Stop by a participating library location and select a tag describing a gift to purchase. After you have purchased the gift, bring it to the library unwrapped and with the Giving Tree tag attached before Monday, Dec. 16.

All beneficiaries of Giving Tree gifts are Catholic Outreach clients and Mesa County residents. Gift wishes are from all ages, from newborns to seniors. Gifts are meant to be about $25 or less.


Interior Sec. taps Justman for advisory post

Mesa County Commissioner John Justman was recently appointed by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel to the Northwest Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The 15-member Northwest RAC advises the BLM of public land issues in northwestern Colorado.

In the recent past the Northwest RAC has assisted on developing two important guidelines, “BLM Standards for Public Land Health” and “Guidelines for Livestock Grazing Management in Colorado.”

Justman is a longtime Grand Valley resident, active in public land management issues. His family has operated a successful farm in Fruita for 40 years.


Book sale is on

The Friends of the Mesa County Libraries Book Sale will take place from Monday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, during regular library hours. For library hours, visit

The sale will include books of many different types, DVDs, and music CDs. Most items will be priced under $10. Funds raised support library programming.


Roll-back pricing at P-Horn

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is rolling back season pass pricing to early season rates in celebration of the recent snowfall, and just in time for opening day which is set for Thursday, Dec. 12. Early season pricing will be available through Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Officials from Powderhorn will be in attendance at the Mesa Mall Black Friday event selling season passes and Ski and Ride School packages at the early season rate. Find them in the Sports Authority wing starting at 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29.


DIY bankruptcy

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County is offering a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic. This clinic will provide page-by-page assistance and video instruction in completing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; there is a $25 charge.

The clinic, set for 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Harris Suites, 619 Main St., is intended for low-income, no-asset individuals. The speaker is Thomas J. Braham with Abraham Law Firm.

To see whether you qualify to attend this clinic, fill out an application through the Pro Bono Project. Call 970-424-5748 or stop by 619 Main Street to obtain an application. Class size is limited to five people.

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