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The Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS® (GSAR) has announced it has funds available for qualified Garfield County nonprofit organizations that provide housing services to moderate to low-income persons. Grant applications will be accepted through July 15.

“The Glenwood Springs Association of REALTORS® has grant monies available twice a year for local organizations,” said Mandy Murray, local chairperson of the GSAR Colorado Association of REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) Committee.

“Some of those we’ve helped include Advocate Safehouse, Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, Salvation Army, Feed My Sheep and Mountain Valley Developmental Services.”

To be eligible for funds, organizations must be based in Colorado, have a housing-related request, and be a nonprofit agency with a 501(c)3 status or a public agency. Applications and guidelines are found at

For more information on the local grants, call Mandy Murray, CARHOF committee chair, at (970) 618-3444 or

Veronica Lechuga (Smith) was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She has no insurance, and her medical bills are becoming astronomical. A benefit account has been set up at Alpine Bank to help her pay her bills.

Veronica grew up in Carbondale and has lived in the valley all her life. She is the daughter of Don and Margaret Lechuga. Don worked for Mid-Continent and the city of Glenwood Springs, and Margaret worked at T-Jo-s and made the best tortillas in the valley. Breast cancer took her mother in 1993.

Veronica is the sister of Philip, Donald (Mo) and Elaine Lechuga. She has two children; Robert works at the Pullman in Glenwood Springs, and her daughter Kirstie just graduated from Bridges in Carbondale and will be attending CSU in the fall. Veronica is also a friend to many.

Emily Stark, the Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant system, is announcing that the search is on for the new Mrs. Garfield County. Once selected, the community representative then will advance on to compete in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant to be held on Feb. 25, 2012, at the Temple Buell Theater, in downtown Denver. City and county titleholders will compete to win more than $15,000 in prizes, one of which is an all-expenses-paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant.

Interested applicants must live or work in the Garfield County area, must be married during the time of competition, be a resident of the state for at least six months, be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent.

In its 36th year, the Mrs. America Pageant is the only nationally televised pageant dedicated to recognizing the one person who contributes so much to modern family life – America’s married woman. While beauty is a key element in the competition, Mrs. Colorado contestants are also urged to voice their opinions on marriage and important issues of the day.

Interested applicants are invited to find out more about the competition at and can request and receive free entry information by contacting Emily at the Mrs. Colorado office at (303) 593-1199.

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