NEWS: Tuesday February 2, 2010

Feb 2nd @ 11:48 am in News by Scott Staley

Western State College is holding a memorial program tonight to celebrate the lives of students Lucy Causley and Adam Lockard. The program will begin at 7:00pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium on the WSC campus in Gunnison.  Causley, 18, of Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Lockard, 21, of Bethedsa, Maryland, lost their lives in a house fire on Saturday, January 30th, in Gunnison.Tonight’s event will be covered in its entirety by KWSB 91.1 FM and www.kwsb.org.

Western State College Director of Public Relations and Communications, Tracy Koehler, tells us that school appears to be back to normal and that at the professor’s discretion, class can be canceled. Students are permitted to miss class if it’s directly related to grief. Lockard was a Psychology major and contrary to previous reports, Koehler tells us that Causley was a student at WSC, currently enrolled in the CORE program.  She was a Freshman looking to study Outdoor Leadership & Resort Management.  A report from the Gunnison Police Department indicated she was not currently enrolled, but was enrolled last semester.

The four other occupants of the home, located on the 100 block of N. Colorado Street, were able to escape when a passerby notified them. It’s been reported that three of them are current students and one is a former student. Investigators say the fire appears to have started on the porch and migrated inside. No exact cause of ignition has been determined at this time. The case is being investigated. If you know anything about Saturday’s fire, call the Gunnison Police Department at 970-641-8200.
(Posted 12:25p)

UPDATE: A teenager is dead after a car she was riding in ran a stop sign and was hit by a school bus north of Greeley. Investigators tell the Greeley Tribune that this morning’s crash claimed a 15-year-old girl in the back seat. Two other teens in front, including a 17-year-old driver and a 14-year-old passenger, were injured. Police say the dead girl and the driver were siblings. At least one student on the school bus was also injured in the crash. Those injuries weren’t serious enough to have the student hospitalized. The bus was from Eaton School District and was loaded with students at the time. A police spokesman says the teen driver ran a stop sign and was broadsided by the school bus.
Source: Greeley Tribune (Posted 12:00p)

Governor Bill Ritter announced yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a request for disaster designation in several Colorado counties where crops have been affected by drought and an early frost. Ritter sent a letter on January 7th to U.S Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for Secretarial Disaster Designation. Fremont County experienced damaging frost and freezing temperatures on Oct. 8, 9 and 11, 2009. The early frost rendered unharvested apples worthless.  The Western Slope saw a wet spring turn into a very dry summer. Various crops in Mesa, Montezuma, Dolores, San Miguel, and Montrose counties were damaged due to drought at levels that qualify for disaster designation.

The designation means farm operators in those counties, as well as in contiguous counties, are eligible for assistance from the federal Farm Service Agency. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans and the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program. In all, farmers and ranchers in 20 primary and contiguous counties are eligible to apply for assistance.

Frost and freezing temperatures relief for Oct. 8 through Oct. 11, 2009:
Primary county:  Fremont
Contiguous counties: Chaffee, EI Paso, Pueblo, Saguache, Teller, Custer, and Park counties

Drought relief for from April 15, 2009 to present:
Primary counties: Dolores, Mesa, Montezuma, Montrose, and San Miguel counties
Contiguous counties: Delta, Gunnison, Ouray, Pitkin, San Juan, Garfield, and La Plata counties
Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:47a)