Local Briefs, May 6, 2016
Veterans reps to be in Meeker
Representatives from Grand Junction’s Vet Center will meet with local veterans and their families at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 290 Fourth St. in Meeker.
Topics will include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Sexual Trauma, as well as free services available to local veterans and which ones they qualify for. Veterans do not need to be enrolled in the VA Healthcare System to be eligible.
Lunch will be provided by the Meeker VFW.
The Vet Center provides free readjustment counseling and outreach services for any veteran who served in any combat zone.
Call outreach coordinator Sadie Conklin at 245-4156 for information.
Atheists donate $100 to school
The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers donated $100 to Delta Middle School to help fund repairs to the school’s cafeteria, the group said.
The group threw an “Ask an Atheist” pizza party in the school’s cafeteria on April 14 to support atheist students in the wake of a controversy at the school where Gideon Bibles were given away during class time.
Group members hope the donation will cover the cost of some small but necessary repairs at the school, and to thank the middle school’s administration for being so helpful and welcoming of the freethinkers’ event, they said in announcing the donation.
Grants to aid specialty crops
Two grants totaling $21,300 were newly awarded to fight peach cytospora canker and increase sweet cherry production in Colorado. The grant awards come from reallocated funds from cost savings from other projects in the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2013 Specialty Crops Block Grant Program.
Colorado State University received $18,684 to provide peach growers in western Colorado disease management solutions for controlling cytospora canker. Cytospora canker disease leads to major reductions in peach productivity, profitability, and orchard longevity.
Osito Orchards in Hotchkiss received $2,616 to evaluate promising and novel sweet cherry production methods, the state agency announced in a press release Tuesday.
For information about the Colorado Specialty Crops Block Grant Program visit colorado.gov/ag/specialtycropgrant or call 303-869-9173.
Equipment for deaf is topic
People of all ages and all types of hearing loss are welcome to attend the free monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. in Grand Junction.
It features JoAnne Hirsch, telecommunications equipment distribution program coordinator with the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Hirsch provides telecommunications-related equipment, resources and outreach to deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind Coloradans, through the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program.
The program provides free telecommunication equipment, such as amplified and captioned phones, simple cellphones and wireless devices, as well as accessories like ring signalers and neck loops or headsets, to those who qualify.
Qualifications are tied to income and hearing acuity. Hirsch will discuss the application process and the various types of equipment provided.
Thanks to a grant through the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, this meeting is captioned, and an induction hearing loop is also available.
Pizza lunch will be provided.
For information about the Hearing Loss Association of America, go to http://www.hearingloss.org.
Local Briefs, May 6, 2016