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U.S. Rep. John Salazar has introduced legislation to increase and improve training for rural law enforcement. HR1028 would create the rural policing institute, to be administered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, allowing it to assess the needs of rural law enforcement agencies, develop and export training plans that would be specific to rural issues, and conduct outreach to ensure that rural law enforcement agencies are aware of new training opportunities. Rural-specific training would include issues such as methamphetamine labs and criminal investigations. Salazar says his bill would help police officers get the training they need to do their jobs without sacrificing public safety.
College students turned out in masse yesterday to ask for more state money for higher education. An estimated 70 students from 12 schools around Colorado from Trinidad State Junior College, to the University of Colorado to Colorado State University, descended on the capitol to lobby any lawmaker they could find about increasing state spending for colleges and universities. The recently formed group, the Associated Students of Colorado, is asking for a 9.15% increase in tuition aid that Colorado gives to the college opportunity fund. Money from that fund goes directly to in-state students to help cover the cost of going to school. August Ritter, Gov. Ritterā€™s son who attends CSU-Fort Collins, is one of the organizers of the group. The group says it supports the governorā€™s proposal to increase the need-based financial aid program to $58.6 million.
Roy Vanderpool, 73, of Del Norte, died on Friday night after alerting authorities that his home was on fire. Vanderpool reportedly discovered the fire in his kitchen between 8:15 and 8:45pm Friday and went into town to look for help where he contacted a Del Norte police officer who then alerted firefighters. Vanderpool then reportedly returned to his home where he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack. Vanderpool was not injured in the fire. He reportedly had a history of heart problems and had been ill. His home was not destroyed in the fire, however it was heavily damaged by smoke. It is believed that the fire began in the electrical wiring in the kitchen of the home.
Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the Monte Vista area this weekend for the 24th annual Monte Vista Crane Festival. Fantastic Flight 2007 celebrates the spring migration of tens of thousands of greater sand hill cranes as they make a stopover at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge about 8 miles south of Monte Vista on their way north. Many events will also take place at Ski-Hi Park in Monte Vista, including a birders breakfast, the annual dinner, a craft fair, sunrise and sunset tours, San Luis Valley raptor and Blanca wetlands tours. Many of the events are free. Call 852-3552 for more information.
The Spanish Peaks Regional Health Centerā€™s ā€œI Care Health Fairā€ blood draw will take place on March 19th, 20th and 22nd at the outreach clinic at 129 Kansas Avenue in Walsenburg; on March 26th and 27th at the La Veta Community Center; and on April 5th at La Clinica in Gardner. Blood will be drawn from 7 to 10am at all locations. You are asked to fast for 12 hours prior to having your blood drawn. For more information, call 738-2718.