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This week’s … Local News Briefs

School board results

Well, it looks like the people have spoken and won’t be told how to vote, as evidenced in the Tuesday school board elections. The “reform” candidates, Pat Kanda, Mike Lowenstein and John Sluder, endorsed by the Mesa County Republican Party, were defeated. Here are your newly-elected D51 school board members: John Williams (District C), Tom Parrish (District D), and Greg Mikolai (District E). Visit for the unofficial voting results. Results only become official after verification by the Colo. Sec. of State’s office.

The big news statewide is that voters rejected Amendment 66, the school-funding tax increase measure; however, it was thumbs up for the Prop. AA retail marijuana sales tax. Seems voters approve of sin taxes but not income taxes.


Help warm some hands

The Warming Hands Project is gearing up for its fifth annual glove and clothing drive. All items are distributed locally to organizations such as Homeward Bound, Rescue Mission, Child and Migrant Services, and Catholic Outreach. The goal is to distribute 800 pieces of warm clothing.

In addition, this year the project is collecting toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, mouthwash, etc., for the homeless shelter.

Bright orange collection bins are located at the following businesses:

Civic Center, 325 E Aspen Ave., Fruita

Turn the Page Bookstore, 119 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita

US Bank, 412 Kokopelli Blvd., Fruita

Dollar Tree Store, 2531 Rimrock Ave., GJ

Heirloom for Hospice, 635 Main St., GJ

Returning Balance Therapy, 1000 9th Ave., suite 24, GJ

US Bank, 2448 F Road & 422 White Ave., GJ

Meadery of the Rockies, 3701 G Road, Palisade


Free lunch and learn

Have lunch at Family Health West and learn about their extended care services. During the month of November, FHW will provide lunch every Thursday at noon (excluding Nov. 28).

The lunches will take place in the Adult Extended Care building located at 228 N. Cherry St. in Fruita. Long-term care professionals will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have and provide information on the full continuum of services available for the entire family at FHW. Seating is limited; reserve a spot by calling 970-858-2211.


Monumental art sought

The Colorado National Monument Association (CNMA) is partnering with the GJ Commission on Arts & Culture to hold a “Monumental Art Exhibit” Jan. 10-March 31. The community is invited to enter paintings, drawings, photography or 3-D art of the monument by Dec. 2.

Mesa County artists 18 years and older are encouraged to showcase the Colorado National Monument in their best artistic endeavor. Winners will receive various prizes and gift cards. This is a juried exhibit and only 50 pieces will be selected for exhibit.

Submissions may be mailed to the CNMA or handed in to the CNMA at the CNM visitor center. Visit and click “Monumental Art Exhibit” for more information and an entry form.


Baseball legend coming to town

Accomplished baseball manager Tony La Russa will be the 2014 Junior College World Series banquet keynote speaker May 23 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

La Russa, who won 2,728 MLB games in his career, retired after guiding the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 World Series championship. Tickets to the banquet won’t go on sale till April; cost is $40 and it is open to the public.


LEAP if you need help

Applications are now available for the 2013-14 LEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) season at the MC Dept. of Human Services, 510 29 1⁄2 Road.

LEAP is designed to help individuals and families with winter heating costs. Residents applying for LEAP benefits must meet eligibility requirements and income guidelines.

For additional information regarding LEAP benefits, dial 2-1-1, call 970-244-8400, or visit


Good budgeters

The Mesa County Finance Dept. has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2013 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and represents a significant achievement by Finance Director Marcia Arnhold and her staff. Mesa County has been awarded this honor every year since 1993; this is the first year the county received special recognition for performance measures.


The ol’ switcheroo

A pair of GJ-area schools could be switching leagues — and classifications for the upcoming 2014 season.

Central High School is planning to petition the Colorado High School Activities Association to move from the Class 5A/4A Southwestern League to the Class 3A Western Slope League for football.

Meanwhile, Palisade’s enrollment is expected to exceed CHSAA’s maximum enrollment of 1,049 students for Class 3A football, which would move it into the Southwestern League.

A school can petition CHSAA’s Classification and League Organizing Committee to drop down a classification for football if the program has won 25 percent or less of its games over a four-year span. The Warriors just completed their second consecutive 0-10 season and have won five of their 40 games in four seasons.

The CHSAA committee will decide on Nov. 12 on school classifications throughout Colorado. The leagues which will be put in place will stand for the bi-annual classification cycle from 2014 to 2016.

Other schools that will likely move classifications are Roaring Fork, which will likely move from the 1A WSL to 2A because of its increased enrollment, and Grand Valley, which could move from 2A to 1A due to falling enrollment figures.



Caitlin Row’s “Out With Your Dog” pet column incorrectly listed the date of an upcoming Grand Valley Pets Alive (GVPA) fundraising event. Wraps on Main in downtown Grand Junction will donate partial proceeds from food sales to GVPA on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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