Briefs: Local news Sept. 09, 2009

Housing Authority receives grant

• The Grand Junction Housing Authority received a $30,000 Daniels Fund grant to support its Family Stabilization Program, which provides a housing support system for homeless families and their children.

A stable home has been shown to be the single most important factor for educational success of children and an important base for families to recover from crisis situations.

During the one-year stabilization period, families receive intensive support services to strengthen the family and to assist in the development of self-
sufficiency skills.

“The grant will support the purchase and rehabilitation of the apartment building that houses the program,” Housing Authority Executive Director Jody Kole said in a news
release.

Two students on college dean’s list

• Two students attending the University of Northern Colorado’s Monfort College of Business were listed on the Dean’s Citation of Academic Excellence for the spring semester: Emma Watson of Cedaredge and Myranda Hoffman of Grand Junction.

15-acre wildfire burns near Estes Park

• GLEN HAVEN — The U.S. Forest Service says about 50 homeowners have been told they may have to leave if a 15-acre wildfire north of Estes Park spreads closer to their homes.

Agency spokesman John Bustos says there was one evacuation as of Tuesday afternoon. Bustos says the nearest homes are about a half-mile from the flames.

About 30 firefighters were working to contain the blaze near Glen Haven, about 75 miles northwest of Denver.

Two single-engine air tankers and a heavy air tanker have been requested.

The fire was reported shortly before noon in the Comanche Peak Wilderness in deep timber on steep terrain. The cause was unknown. Larimer County sheriff’s officials say smaller fires also are burning in the area.

Yellowstone fire stalls at 200 acres

• YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — A lightning-caused fire in Yellowstone National Park has stabilized at 200 acres with favorable weather forecast in coming days.
The Butte fire — the largest blaze to date in an otherwise light fire season — has been burning for more than a week near the summit of Druid Peak. Fire information officer Marianne Baumberger says the fire is creeping slowly through rocky terrain.
Smoke and flames may be visible from the Northeast Entrance Road to the park, about 16 miles southwest of Cooke City, Mont. No roads, trails or campgrounds are closed because of the fire, and it is not considered a threat to park visitors.

200 rally at Capitol against budget cuts

• DENVER — Furloughed state workers as well as advocates for the disabled are urging lawmakers to rethink the latest round of budget cuts brought on by the recession.

About 200 people turned up at a rally against the cuts on Tuesday at the Capitol.

The cuts include closing units that treat children, teens and senior citizens at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan and moving them to community facilities instead.

Disabled people waiting to receive Social Security benefits would no longer get $200 monthly payments from the state to help them in the meantime.

Some cut opponents want lawmakers to come back for a special session this fall and consider raising more money by eliminating tax credits and exemptions to help reverse the cuts.

Gun vendor shoots self at gun show

• LOVELAND — A gun vendor who accidentally shot himself in the leg at a weekend gun show has been cited for reckless endangerment.

Loveland police said they’re still investigating the accident Saturday at a gun show at the Thunder in the Rockies motorcycle convention. Police say 59-year-old vendor Michael Kole accidentally shot himself in the leg. He was treated and released, and no one else was hurt.

The gun show warned visitors that no loaded guns would be allowed. Police have not said what type of weapon discharged or how the accident happened.

Tests confirm swine flu in Canon City

• CANON CITY— Tests confirm that dozens of students sick at Canon City Middle School had swine flu.

About a fifth of the students were out sick Friday. Authorities say at least 104 students in the school system were out sick with flu-like symptoms.

The school announced Tuesday that the sicknesses were the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

They based the conclusion on four random tests.

None of the sick students has been hospitalized. School officials were working with Fremont County health officials to sanitize commonly touched items such as door knobs and computer keyboards and to remind students about hygiene.


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