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Last Friday evening two groups of young men stood on opposite corners of the Grand Avenue and 14th Street intersection and flashed gang signs at each other. On Saturday, a police officer working the Strawberry Days Carnival told a man to take off his gang colors and emblems or he couldnt come in. The man told the officer he didnt have any right to tell him where he could and couldnt go, and swung at the officer, said Glenwood Springs Police chief Terry Wilson. He was arrested. Finally, on Sunday, tension that had built all weekend broke loose at the Carnival in a fight between a group of six to 12 men. The men involved were primarily Latinos from different towns up and down the Roaring Fork Valley, said Wilson. Wilson hesitated to call the groups gangs, but said, we have had, over the years, small groups that are conducting themselves in ways that are consistent with the way gangs would act. Wilson doesnt see much in the way of gang activity all year, except at Strawberry Days, and only at the Carnival. It was actually a darn good Strawberry Days, said Wilson. But this year, as in previous years, the police department has had problems with gang-like groups at the Carnival.
Garfield School District No. 16 will make energy efficiency improvements to old buildings and add a vocational program this fall through an interest-free $2.5 million national bond and 10 percent matching grant from EnCana Oil & Gas (USA). District 16 was one of three school districts in Colorado to qualify for the Zone Academy Bond. The other two were Fremont Re-1 in Caon City and School District 11 in Colorado Springs. This was a lot of work, said Todd Snidow, an investment banker with George K. Baum in Denver. Snidow has worked with the district on various financing projects for the last six years. It would have been easy for the district to do a lease-purchase agreement, but they realized what a good deal this was for the taxpayers. Since the district wont have to pay interest on the $2.5 million loan, it will save about $1.3 million. But getting the bond was not easy, Snidow said. There are a couple of qualifiers that put the bond out of reach for a lot of districts.
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