Briefs, Nov. 29, 2012

County awarded $72,488 in federal funds

Mesa County has been awarded $72,488 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) for the purpose of supplementing existing emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

United Way of Mesa County acts as administrator for the award and is soliciting applications from local programs who deliver emergency food and/or shelter.

To be eligible to receive funding, an organization must be a non-profit, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to administer emergency food and/or shelter programs, and have a volunteer board of directors. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. A local, volunteer EFSP Board will determine how the funds awarded to Mesa County are to be distributed.

The deadline for application submission is Dec. 7.

Call Julie Hinkson or Abby Landmeier, at United Way of Mesa County, 243-5364, for an application.

Springs panhandling ban to be challenged


DENVER — A panhandling ban on its way to Colorado Springs faces a legal challenge from the Colorado ACLU.

The civil-liberties group announced Wednesday that it was filing a lawsuit in federal court in Denver to block the ban, which they say stifles speech.

The Colorado Springs City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a no-solicitation zone covering 12 blocks downtown. It takes effect next month.

Moab man dies in climbing fall


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Authorities say a 32-year-old Utah man has died after falling while rock climbing in northern Arizona.

According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Dale Riggs of Moab fell about 80 feet while climbing about 40 miles outside Flagstaff.

Authorities say they received a 911 call Monday afternoon from a woman who reported that her boyfriend had fallen and was seriously injured.

They say Riggs had died by the time rescuers reached him.


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