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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The Garfield County commissioners agreed in principle to an operating plan for a new child advocacy center in Glenwood Springs Monday.

The River Bridge Childhelp Center, in back of the old Mountain View building next to Valley View Hospital, will be a central place for law enforcement and social-services agencies to interview and aid victims of child abuse.

According to the agreement, the county will own the 2,300-square-foot building and will lease space to Childhelp, a national nonprofit that runs advocacy centers across the country.

As it does with other nonprofits it leases space to, such as United Way offices in the county-owned Henry building in Rifle, the organization will pay rent but that money will come back to it in grants, said county manager Ed Green.

“It’s money in, money out,” he said.

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The agreement also requires Childhelp to have six months worth of operating capital on hand before it moves into the building.

The commissioners will consider a final draft of the agreement at their next meeting, Monday, Jan. 15. Groundbreaking for the building is at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Colorado’s senators are hoping to memorialize the mutual affection between President Ford and Vail, Colo., by renaming the town’s post office for the late chief executive.

The two lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would make the change. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Colo., introduced similar legislation in the House last week.

Ford died on Dec. 26 at age 93. The former president and skiing fan developed a love for the Vail Valley when he vacationed there for Christmas in the 1960s, and he visited regularly for years after. Ford made Vail his Western White House, and town leaders dubbed him their “First Citizen.” Ford established a home there after he left office.

Colorado’s Republican Sen. Wayne Allard pushed for the name change in a speech Monday on the Senate floor.

“In Vail, like many other communities, President Ford was regarded as tremendous asset and a man who treated everyone as an equal,” Allard said.

“Several residents remarked that one would never know he was a former president. As a lasting tribute to this tremendous man, I cannot think of a more appropriate honor than to have Vail’s post office bear the name of Gerald R. Ford Jr.,” Allard said.

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