This week’s … Local News Briefs
Keep warm and carry on
For those in need, a Winter Coat Giveaway event is planned at Grace Baptist Church in Palisade this Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 100 coats to choose from. Free, no questions asked; if you need one, come get one. The church is located at 503 Lincoln Ave.
$4 million for Horizon Drive improvements
The Horizon Drive Business Improvement District (HDBID) was awarded a $4 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in October to begin phase one of a corridor improvement project.
Construction, which will replace three existing traffic signals at the Horizon Drive/I-70 interchange with two roundabouts, will begin in fall 2015.
The HDBID plans to hold a public forum in spring 2014 to display updated design concepts and to encourage continued involvement from the local community. The time and location of the forum will be announced at a later date and posted at http://www.horizondrivedistrict.com.
Downtown officials want to remind folks that this year parking is prohibited along Main Street during the Parade of Lights event set for Dec. 7.
“As attendance has grown at the parade, we have public safety concerns for pedestrians — they crowd the travel lane as trucks parked along the route obstruct the view of the parade and drive people too close to the vehicles. And we have issues of folks running their engines to stay warm in the cab, which spews exhaust into the crowd,” said Harry Weiss, DDA executive director.
So in summation, don’t park on Main Street Dec. 7.
Holiday Pet Food Drive going on
Are you looking to make the season brighter for homeless cats and dogs?
Kokopelli Animal Hospital will be hosting its fifth annual Holiday Pet Food Drive now through Dec. 21. Items requested include dog food, cat food, kitty litter and pet treats.
The pet food and litter donations will be delivered to the following local animal shelters Dec. 21: C.L.A.W.S., Grand River Humane Society, Mesa County Animal Services, Roice-Hurst Humane Society and Loma Cat House.
“Last year, we collected 3,500 pounds of donations and this year our goal is to deliver two tons to the shelters,” said Dr. Baer Bechtel, owner of Kokopelli Animal Hospital, located at 456 Kokopelli Blvd., unit E.
For more information, visit http://www.kokopellianimalhospital.com or call 970-858-4299.
Health coverage assistance for LGBT citizens
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Center in Denver and the Colorado AIDS Project have partnered to ensure that LGBT people in Colorado have access to specially-trained Health Coverage Guides for assistance in enrolling in Obamacare.
Locally, the Western Colorado AIDS Project (WestCAP) is one of the assistance sites where this service is available at no cost to LGBT Coloradoans and their allies. Kathryn Christian is well trained to discuss options and provide in-person assistance with enrollment needs, whether it is Medicaid or one of several health coverage plans available in the marketplace through Connect for Health Colorado, http://connectforhealthco.com.
An educational event is planned for 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Colo. Mesa Univ., Academic Classroom Building, room 111, to learn more. Free parking is in the parking lot west of the ACB.
To speak with Kathryn or arrange a personal appointment, contact her at 970-270-1140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palisade town official named to CML exec. board
Dave Edwards, mayor pro tem for the Town of Palisade, was recently appointed to the Colorado Municipal League (CML) Executive Board.
Edwards, who has an extensive professional background in finance and accounting, also serves as vice president of the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority and board liaison to the Palisade Planning Commission.
The CML Executive Board is comprised of 19 elected officials who are elected by the membership at an annual business meeting. The Board is responsible for overall finances, management and policy affairs of the League. CML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1923 and represents the interests of 267 cities and towns. For more information on the Colorado Municipal League, visit http://www.cml.org or call 303-831-6411.
Landowner of the year nominations sought
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking nominations for the Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award given out annually to recognize outstanding contributions made by private landowners who provide wildlife habitat and public access for fishing and hunting.
The recipient will be honored with an awards ceremony and banquet in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show in January. The winner will also be recognized during the National Western Stock Show Rodeo. Nominations for the award must be submitted by Dec. 20, 2013.
Nominees must be a resident of Colorado or own at least 160 acres in the state, and be actively engaged in farming or ranching business as an owner, lessor, lessee, or manager. Winners will be selected by CPW based on a range of criteria, including current land management practices, wildlife habitat improvements, accommodations for public hunting and fishing access and leadership in the promotion of sound wildlife practices on private lands.
The nomination form and guidelines for submissions may be found on Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s website, http://wildlife.state.co.us.
The price for tickets to the Fall For Dance concert Nov. 22-23 was listed incorrectly in last week’s Free Press. The correct price is $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and $6 for students.
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