Local Briefs, Oct. 25, 2010

Five achieve Eagle Scout designation

Five young men achieved the Eagle Scout rank: Parker Hegstrom of Grand Junction, Troop 303; Greg Tarman of Grand Junction, Troop 303; Troy Young of Grand Junction, Crew 363; Nathan Johnson of Fruita, Troop 323; and Jack Shannon of Grand Junction, Troop 345.

Event set for homeless, at-risk veterans

The annual Stand Down for homeless and at-risk veterans is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge, on the corner of Fourth Street and Ute Avenue.

Services available at the event include basic medical care, Social Security Administration advice, Veterans Affairs health care registration, job search assistance and dental exams. Excess Department of Defense clothing and winter civilian clothing will be available, including boots and gloves.

Nearly 20 not-for-profit and other organizations have joined forces with the VA to offer the event.

Grand Valley Transit will provide free rides for veterans to and from the event on regularly scheduled routes.

The Stand Down is open to all veterans who need assistance. Homeless and at-risk veterans have priority, but the event will be opened to everyone who is homeless or at risk after the veterans have been taken care of.

Tipton receives award on senior issues

Republican congressional candidate Scott Tipton was awarded the 60 Plus Association’s Honorary Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award based on his supportive views on seniors’ issues.

The award was made by entertainer Pat Boone, who said Tipton was recognized as a protector of Social Security and Medicare, as well as for cutting taxes.

1 dead, 5 injured as SUVs collide

AURORA — One man is dead and five people were injured in the collision of two SUVs in Aurora. Police say four of the injured are children.

The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. Saturday as each of the vehicles tried to move into the center lane as they approached the Interstate 225 and Interstate 70 interchange.

Police say a Nissan SUV driven by 42-year-old Johnnie Hines of Denver rolled over and two 8-year-old children were ejected. Hines died at the scene.

Those children, two others children in the vehicle and a woman were all hospitalized.

Medical pot tax helping Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs officials say sales tax revenue from medical marijuana could help pay for a new police unit to monitor the business.

Medical marijuana sales taxes are bringing in about $50,000 a month for the city. That has helped the cash-strapped city pay for such services as mowing grass on street medians and could lead to the resumption of some Saturday bus service.


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