News in Brief
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Over the door at the Childhelp River Bridge Center, a wooden sign reads “All who enter here will find love.”That’s the mission that Joyce Bulifant, Childhelp National Board of Directors vice president, has been pursuing for the last five years.The center is designated a safe haven for law enforcement and social-services agencies to interview and aid child-abuse victims. The 2,300-square-foot facility also accommodates health-care professionals as they examine abused and neglected victims.”You know, the scar that children have runs so deep,” she said, during Friday afternoon’s rehearsal for the center’s ribbon-cutting. “It’s sad we even have to have this.”The ribbon-cutting ceremony was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at 520 21st St. in Glenwood Springs, near Valley View Hospital. “It’s been a real community effort,” Bulifant said.Bulifant hopes to see the Childhelp River Bridge Center offer services by the end of the month, pending the arrival of medical equipment. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
SUMMIT COUNTY Bans on alcohol use and camping could be lifted as part of a review of county open space regulations. The Summit County commissioners studied the proposed changes at a July 9 work session, and a public hearing on the revisions is set for an Aug. 14 BOCC meeting, said assistant county manager Thad Noll.Lifitng the ban on camping won’t have any immediate effect, but it opens the door to establishing camping use in designated areas in the future, Noll explained.The intent of lifting the alcohol ban is to enable people to responsibly enjoy a frosty tailgate brew after a hike or bike ride, Noll said, explaining that other existing regs allow for adequate enforcement of alcohol use.The proposed changes also specifically speak to enforcement of open space regulations by entities such as the Breckenridge Police Department, as deemed appropriate by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.The fine schedule for violations has also changed to make them more commensurate with the severity of infractions, according to an open space department staff report. The previous range of fines was deemed as not practical by the sheriff’s department, according to the open space memo. Under the new rules, a specific dollar amount is linked to each infraction. (Summit Daily News)
SUMMIT COUNTY Have you ever wanted to see firefighters in action firsthand? Well, on July 25, 26 and 28, Summit County firefighters want to give you the chance to be an integral part of their multicasualty training exercise. “We need victims,” said Capt. Paul Kuhn, with the High Country Training Center. “Not real ones – what we need are volunteers to play the role of ‘victims’ so we can train our firefighters in a real-world scenario.” Those three days, the High Country Training Center will be conducting a multicasualty incident at the old Medical Office Building on Summit Drive in Frisco. The exercise will last from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day to give a chance for crews from each fire department in the county to take turns training with each other.The Summit Fire Authority needs volunteers to act like victims during the multicasualty incident. This will entail getting slightly dirty, having simulated wounds and dressings applied and serving as a body that firefighters need to move, handle and treat.The High Country Training Center needs around 20 volunteer victims for the training and hopes that volunteers will be able to participate for a half day (morning or afternoon), full day (preferred) or all three days (forever grateful). Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The High Country Training Center will provide refreshments.If you are interested in participating, contact the Summit Fire Authority’s High Country Training Center at (970) 668-4330 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Summit Daily News)
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