CMU library project among grant recipients

The Mesa County Federal Mineral Lease District has awarded a total of nearly $720,000 in grants, including more than $500,000 for a library expansion and renovation project at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

The district oversees the distribution of federal mineral lease revenues to local public entities that provide community services. The district awards grants twice a year based on revenue from mineral extraction activity on public lands.

The next grant cycle is scheduled to begin in August, with awards expected in October. More information is available on the Web site at

In the latest cycle, the district board approved seven grants for a total of $719,660.

CMU received a $504,560 grant for a renovation, expansion and technology project for the Tomlinson Library. Construction is under way on the CMU campus on the $24.6 million project.

A total of $215,100 was awarded in six additional grants:

$50,000 to the City of Grand Junction for a fire station alert system.

$50,000 to the Clifton Sanitation District for a manhole liner protection project.

$50,000 to the Town of Collbran for street maintenance and repair.

$25,100 to the Lands End Fire Protection District for upgrades to its Lands End fire station.

$25,000 to the Clifton Fire Protection District for a feasibility study and design services.

$15,000 to the Grand Junction Regional Airport Authority for a passenger demand analysis and business travel survey.