Details of President Obama's GJ visit

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

President Obama will arrive in Grand Junction on Saturday afternoon.
His visit will bring traffic to a standstill, close airspace and draw crowds.

Grand Junction will hit the national spotlight Saturday when the President lands for his last of several Town Hall meetings throughout the Western U.S.

On the agenda is a discussion of his new health care reform bill.

The President’s Town Hall meeting is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. but there will be plenty of activity starting Saturday morning.

11 News knows of two organized protests that will be held.

One at 10 a.m. Saturday morning is organized by Americans for Prosperity and the Western Slope Conservative Alliance.

That’s at Lincoln Park.
The other, called the Campaign for Responsible Health Care Reform will be held at the Mesa County Courthouse starting at 12 p.m. That’s sponsored by the Colorado Chamber of Commerce.

If you aren’t actually attending the Town Hall Meeting here’s what you’ll need to know about traffic Saturday afternoon.

I-70 will be closed in both directions while the President is en route to the meeting location at Central High School.

The Clifton exit will be closed for his motorcade around 4 p.m.

Also, all BLM land around the airport will be closed to public access from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you got tickets to the Town Hall Meeting, parking plans have been announced, but spots are limited.

Mesa County Sheriff's Department officials say there will be some parking at Central High School for people who have a ticket to the event. There will also be handicap parking at the south end of Long's Park for those with tickets.

Officials say people with tickets should plan to come early if they want a parking spot in either of those locations.

Now, if you don’t have tickets to the event The White House asks that you do not try to show up to the event.

However, 11 News will be broadcasting live throughout the event, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

We’ll bring you full coverage of the event starting with interviews from the crowd and information about what to expect from the President.

Then we’ll broadcast the entire meeting and reactions from the scene following the event.

The President is expected to discuss the proposed heath care reform bill, and take questions from the audience.

11 News would love to hear what you would ask the President.

You can reply to this story, post your question on our Facebook page, send us a Tweet or email us at tips@nbc11news.com.

We could read your question on-air and have it answered by our in-studio experts.


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  • by Robyn Location: GJ on Aug 15, 2009 at 03:10 PM
    I am bummed too. Perhaps he will take a ride on the monument later, then we can sneak out from behind a rock and get a great photo!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    why wasn't this event held at a larger venue so that more of us could have partaken in the meeting??? I am disappointed as well!!
  • by Sari Location: Delta on Aug 14, 2009 at 03:22 PM
    I am so disappointed that I didn't get tickets. There is really no excuse that the common voter shouldn't be able to attend such important events if they really want to be there. I am truly disappointed in the system for this.
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