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Critical need for Storm King scholarship funds

Deep community concern is focusing on families who lost loved ones in the Storm King Fire 10 years ago, while a tribute to the fallen firefighters is unable to sustain itself. Colorado Mountain College Foundation needs financial support for a scholarship established as a living memorial to the 14 firefighters who perished in the high mountain inferno. Two years of poor interest returns on the endowment have reduced the award amounts considerably, and now applications cannot be considered. This scholarship is a one-time award to college students in the following priority order: 1. An immediate family member of one of the fallen firefighters; 2. A child of a member of the firefighting units located in Missoula, Mont., Savannah River Forest Station, S.C., Grand Junction, Prineville, Ore., McCall, Idaho, or the greater Glenwood Springs area (including Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties); and 3. A student pursuing a fire management or natural resource degree or certificate program.This fund was created by the Storm King 14 Monument Committee and the Glenwood Springs City Council. CMC Foundation would like to let the endowed scholarship accumulate earnings for a few years and fund current scholarships annually through immediate gifts from interested individuals, organizations or businesses. To donate, call Carol Brown at CMC Foundation, 947-8355. This year’s sole recipient, Kassandra Thompson from Basalt, received $500. Her dad, Scott Thompson, is Fire Chief for Basalt, and was on crew initially responding to the Storm King Fire. The Storm King 14 Memorial Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to 17 recipients since 1998. Becky Dunbar*, Sandy Dunbar*, Anna Johnson*, Andrea Lane, Jeremy Blair, Lisa Porter, Alisha Bickett, Ashley Muse, Alex Abols, Jeffrey George*, Ben Holtby*, Megan Langstaff, Jody Cyr, Cody Doig, Staci Holtby*, and Ethan Vroman. (* immediate family members of fallen Storm King responders.)•••••A dramatic and fragile limestone sculpture in front of the CMC District Office at 9th and Grand in Glenwood Springs is a tribute to the July 6, 1994, tragedy on Storm King Mountain. Sculptor Steve Kentz says, “I carved a limestone fencepost into fire, and one side depicts the sun. When I was hiking on the Storm King Trail, I saw grass coming up, so I carved that. God’s hands are supporting the top, which represents the Circle of Life.” •••••Apply now for an exciting new scholarship at CMC! Daniels Fund Scholarships are available for nontraditional CMC students, both current and incoming, who plan to transfer to Mesa State College to complete a four-year degree. Nine scholarships can be awarded for the 2004-05 academic year. Contact Carol Brown at 947-8355. •••••Mark your calendar for the Aug. 7 Colorado Animal Rescue Ball. This is CARE’s only major annual fund-raiser and offers an elegant dinner, dancing, and music provided by the Rock Dogs, along with a silent auction and tours of the shelter. The event is at the Spring Valley location of CMC from 5:30-10 p.m. and costs $100 per person.Mark your calendar for the Aug. 7 Colorado Animal Rescue Ball. This is CARE’s only major annual fund-raiser and offers an elegant dinner, dancing, and music provided by the Rock Dogs, along with a silent auction and tours of the shelter. The event is at the Spring Valley location of CMC from 5:30-10 p.m. and costs $100 per person.


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