Grant awarded for officer trainings
Peace officer training granted $136,357
The state of Colorado has awarded a $136,357 grant for peace officer training in western Colorado.
Mesa County commissioners accepted the grant award Monday morning at their weekly administrative meeting. Mesa County is the fiscal agency for the West Central Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) region. The grant will be spread among the West Central counties of Mesa, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel.
Trainings planned with POST funding include interview and interrogation techniques to be sponsored by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department scheduled for this September, post-traumatic stress disorder instruction planned for November through the Montrose Police Department, and officer survival training planned for September through the Delta Police Department.
Another $59,763 will be available by scholarship for trainings that have not yet been scheduled.
The POST grant program is funded by a 60-cent fee on motor vehicle registrations.
Flash flooding in Waldo Canyon area
COLORADO SPRINGS — Authorities said a flash flood in an area burned by the Waldo Canyon Fire last year left mud and debris on U.S. Highway 24 and damaged some homes.
The highway was closed Monday evening west of Manitou Springs after heavy rain soaked the area. El Paso County sheriff’s officials reported unspecified damage to about 20 homes, including roughly a half dozen with significant damage.
Colorado Springs officials said more than 160 people were relocated from a low-lying trailer park as a precaution.
The soil in areas burned by wildfires can repel water, leading to flooding.
However Colorado Springs officials say that because of recent rains, public fireworks displays are now allowed. The city had enacted fire restrictions in June because of extreme wildfire danger. Personal fireworks remain illegal.
Meanwhile, firefighters are battling a new wildfire in the foothills outside Denver. The fire was reported Monday, southeast of Bailey.
Residents within a four-mile radius of Long Scraggy Peak were warned to be ready to leave in case the fire spreads. Warning calls were sent to 119 phone numbers in Jefferson and Douglas counties.
Man injured by boat propeller
FORT COLLINS — Sheriff’s officials said a man who was cut by a boat propeller at Horsetooth Reservoir has undergone emergency surgery.
Larimer County sheriff’s officials said the man, of Blue River, was listed in critical condition Monday. Authorities said the boat was bringing him back to shoreline Sunday evening when he jumped out. Sheriff’s officials say the man suffered severe cuts on the right side of his body when the boat backed over him.