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Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 23-24
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MONTROSE – This weekend, interested parties can talk with ham radio operators from the Montrose Amateur Radio Club, at the Amateur Radio Service’s Field Day, the climax of the weeklong Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the American Radio Relay League. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, "When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year's event.

In the Montrose area, the Montrose Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio on the north end of Sunset Mesa off of Chipeta Drive. The best time to visit the site is Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. 

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. 

SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM IN MONTROSE/OLATHE

MONTROSE – The Summer Meals Program, sponsored by the Montrose and Olathe School District RE-1J Nutrition Services, is now open, providing free breakfast and lunch to kids ages 1 to 18 in the Montrose and Olathe communities through July 25.  The meal service is available at the following times and locations:

Olathe Elementary School- 211 N. Roberts Ave, Olathe, CO

         Breakfast-Monday through Thursday – 7:30-8:30 a.m.

         Lunch – Monday through Friday- 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Centennial Middle School – 1160 S. 5th Street, Montrose, CO

         Breakfast-Monday through Thursday – 7:30 -8:30 a.m.

         Lunch – Monday through Friday –11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Montrose Aquatic Center – 25 Colorado Avenue, Montrose, CO

         Lunch – Monday through Friday – 12:30 -1 p.m.

Please note there will be no meal service July 4. For more information call Montrose County School District Nutrition Services at 970/252-7912.

Town Talk on Theoretical Chemistry in Water and Alzheimer’s Disease

TELLURIDE - At this Tuesday’s Telluride Town Talk, two theoretical chemists will discuss the latest developments in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and the role water plays in life. The Telluride Science Research Center-sponsored event takes place Tuesday, June 26 at the Palm Theatre 6-7:15 p.m., hosted by Dr. Peter Hackett. 

“The Science and Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease” will be presented by Dr. Joan-Emma Shea, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Professor of Physics at the University of California in Santa Barbara. This disease, which may affect as many as five million Americans according to the National Institutes of Health, is characterized by gradual degradation of brain tissues. “There are some hallmarks of the disease that you don’t see in healthy individuals, such as amyloid plaques,” said Dr. Shea, who uses computer simulations to study Aβ aggregation and plaque formation, with the utimate goal of designing a drug that inhibits the process. 

A second talk, titled “The Science of Water: Its quirky, quixotic nature in life and energy,” will be presented by Dr. James Skinner, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Water is essential to life on Earth. It covers 70-percent of the planet’s surface, and 99-percent of the molecules in living cells are tiny water molecules. “What makes water really special is that the molecules attract each other by what are called hydrogen bonds,” Skinner explained. 

For more information, visit telluridescience.org/towntalk/2012 or call TSRC Director, Nana Naisbitt, at 970/708-0004.

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