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Wildland-Urban Interface grants available

The Colorado State Forest Service is accepting applications for the 2010 Wildland-Urban Interface Competitive Grant Program.

Money is available to homeowners’ associations, subdivisions, fire departments, fire protection districts, counties and others to implement projects that help mitigate wildfire hazards in the wildland-urban interface.

The grants can be used to pay for hazardous fuels reduction, education and planning. Projects affiliated with established Community Wildfire Protection Plans will receive priority, and all grants require a one-to-one match.

Applications must be submitted to the Colorado State Forest Service by Aug. 20. For more information, visit

DOW seeking proposals for habitat program

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is accepting proposals from landowners interested in wildlife habitat conservation and in providing wildlife-related recreational access to their properties.

Through DOW’s Wildlife Habitat Protection Program, up to $15 million is available this year for conservation easements or fee title purchases.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 5 p.m. June 30.

Proposals should address one or more of the following priorities: winter range for big game; migration corridors for big game; access for hunting and/or fishing opportunities; habitat for threatened or endangered species or species of concern; and wetlands and riparian corridors.

For more information, visit

Academy offers event speakers

The Air Force Academy Speakers Bureau has volunteers available to discuss a wide range of topics.

The bureau is a public affairs program designed to increase public awareness of the academy and the Air Force, and provide information about other topics that might not be readily available elsewhere. The service is available to schools, youth groups, veteran and civic organizations, conferences and other events.

To request a speaker or for more information, e-mail or call 333-7470. Requests should be made at least three weeks prior to the event.

Peak Vista needs Spanish speaking volunteers

Peak Vista Community Health Centers is seeking Spanish speaking volunteers for its First Visitor program.

Through home visits, volunteers provide new mothers with information about child and brain development, early learning, the importance of immunizations and child-parent bonding.

Peak Vista trains volunteers to present tried-and-true child development and community resource information.

To participate, visit

State receives money for Medicare outreach

Nearly $192,000 is being distributed to the Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program, Area Agencies on Aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

The money will support organizations that provide assistance to people likely to be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy program, Medicare Savings Program, the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program and in helping beneficiaries to apply for benefits.

The grant to Colorado is part of the $30 million being awarded nationally as part of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.

HDR receives national planning honors

HDR has received awards in two of five categories in the American Planning Association’s Federal Planning Division Awards program.

The Colorado Springs office won the 2008 Outstanding Federal Program award for the Army Real Property Master Plan Digest Program Worldwide. HDR also won the 2008 Area Development Plan category for the Miller Hill Area Development Plan, Fort Lewis, Wash.

HDR is an employee-owned architectural, engineering and consulting firm with more than 7,700 employees worldwide.

Free tutoring in reading

The Children’s Literacy Center is offering free one-to-one tutoring for children reading below grade level.

Children are matched with trained volunteer tutors and meet twice a week for an hour each session.

To determine whether your child is eligible to enroll, call Pamela Polke at 471-8672 or visit

LPP accepting applications

Leadership Pikes Peak is accepting applications for its 2009-10 Signature and LeadershipNOW! programs.

The 10-month Signature program targets established and emerging community leaders. Participants explore the history of the Pikes Peak region, education, criminal justice, human services, business and economy, environment, local government, public safety, and arts and culture.

The four-month LeadershipNOW! program offers young professionals (ages 22-32) an opportunity to learn and develop their leadership skills, with a focus on participants’ civic-mindedness toward the goal of individual and collective impact.

Application packets can be obtained by calling 632-2618 or visiting The deadline is June 19.

For more information, visit the Web site or e-mail

Pikes Peak Center nets design award

The Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts has received a 2008-09 Partnership for Community Design Award for its $5 million renovation and upgrades project.

Restoration included improvements to the lobby, mezzanine, ticketing area and Club Room, in addition to replacing the auditorium’s 2,000 seats and updating safety, sound and lighting equipment. A multi-purpose community theater also was added.

Five Star Sanitary top distributor

Five Star Sanitary Products has received the 2008 Distributor of the Year Award for the southwest region of the United States from STKO Skin Care.

The company has been in business in southern Colorado since 1983.

Agriculture grants available

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications from companies that research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado.

Projects eligible for funding include feasibility studies and technical projects such as assessing the potential of establishing an agricultural value-added business project, and marketing and promotion projects such as first-time participation in trade shows, new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels.

About $100,000 is available, and the maximum award per project is $20,000.

A matching contribution of cash and in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget is required. Applications may be submitted any time and there is no deadline to apply.

For more information, call (303) 239-4116 or visit

Registration open for 2009 State Games of America

Colorado Springs and The Sports Corp. will host America’s largest national multi-sport festival for amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels from July 30 to Aug. 2.

Registration for the 2009 State Games of America can be completed at All residents of Colorado are eligible to compete, and medal winners from all other State Games are eligible to participate.

Athletes will compete in 31 sports at 22 venues. New to the program this year are the BMX and rock-climbing disciplines.

During 2007, the State Games of America generated more than $11 million in economic impact for the city.