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This week’s … Local News Briefs

Essay contests

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades 5-8. The theme is “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.” Students are asked to pretend they are a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war affects your life as a colonial child. For more information, contact Sherri Brown at Deadline to submit is Nov. 13.

ALSO … the local Knights of Columbus Council 13621 is sponsoring the 2013 Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest. All Catholic students in public, private and parochial schools grades 8-12 are invited to write a 500-750 word essay on the theme of “The Importance of Religious Freedom.” Entry deadline is Nov. 11. Cash prizes to be awarded. To enter, contact John Withers, 970-261-3415.


Tick, tock, deadline approaching

HOPE of the Grand Valley is now accepting applications for its Adopt a Family for Christmas program.

Do you have kids under the age of 16 at home? Are you struggling to make ends meet?

HOPE of the GV wants to help take the stress off of working parents and give you and your kids a wonderful Christmas. Deadline to apply is Dec. 6, but the number of folks that can be served is limited, so sign up soon a For more information, call 970-778-4880.


Seize this deal

For a skier who wouldn’t get the benefit of a Powderhorn season pass, but does plan to go up at least twice, purchase the Powderhorn P-Card. Buy it for $49 and get your first day of skiing or riding for free. Consider that a full-day adult lift ticket is $59 and you are already ahead of the game. Each additional day for the rest of the season is 20% off the lift ticket window price. Also, this is a direct-to-lift pass product which allows you to skip going to the lift ticket window to redeem your tickets. How convenient!

Purchase the P-Card at before Nov. 2 for $49; after Nov. 2 the price goes up to $59.


Mesa Land Trust to apply for accreditation renewal

In 2008, Mesa Land Trust submitted 67 pounds of paperwork for review to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., with the goal of becoming one of the first accredited land trusts in the county. In early 2009, the Land Trust joined the ranks of only 53 land trusts nationwide to have attained accredited status.

This November, Mesa Land Trust will apply for accreditation renewal, a process they must go through every five years.

“Mesa Land Trust’s accreditation renewal indicates to the public our continued commitment to meeting the highest standards in our work to preserve land in and around Mesa County,” said Rob Bleiberg, executive director of Mesa Land Trust.

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Mesa Land Trust complies with national quality standards, which can be viewed at the website to follow. To submit a comment, visit or email info@


Highline to get dredged

Waterfowl hunters are advised that Highline Lake will be drawn down and temporarily closed beginning Nov. 3 as Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins dredging to remove a significant build-up of debris and sediment from the lake bed, including deep sediment near the outlet structure and east boat ramp. The drawdown will bring water levels down to approximately 20 feet below the dam spillway while the project is underway.

Waterfowl blinds at Highline Lake State Park will not be available through the remainder of the 2013 season. Hunters can find alternative hunting areas throughout the Grand Valley by calling 970-255-6161.

Officials say that dredging will improve water quality and enhance water-related recreation by removing silt and debris that has accumulated over the past 40 years.

While dredging operations are ongoing, the park will remain open to camping, fishing, hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation other than hunting.

The lake will be refilled once the project is completed and Colorado Parks and Wildlife anticipates the lake will be ready for summer recreation by late April or early May 2014.


Not to be missed

Fruita United Methodist Church, 405 E. Aspen St., is set to hold its 28th annual Navajo Taco fundraiser in the church basement on Saturday, Nov. 2. The tacos will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for dinner at a cost of $9 for adults and $4 for children under 10. In addition, the church will have a Cookie Walk and Holiday Bazaar all day from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with lots of home-baked cookies and hand=crafted gift items available. For more information, call 970-858-3490.

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