Golfers get teed off for charity
BATTLEMENT MESA – Twenty-seven teams of four teed off Sunday morning at the Sheriff’s Auxiliary golf tournament fund-raiser.Funds from the event are used to support local youth. The auxiliary just purchased school supplies for students in Garfield School District No. 16.There are about 15 active members on the Sheriff’s auxiliary, said Erma Campbell, who is a member.”We cruise around the Battlement Mesa area in pairs,” Campbell said. “If we see kids wearing their bike helmets we’ll stop them and get their names and phone numbers.”It’s not the typical traffic stop. The auxiliary has a drawing every month, and those kids who were caught with their helmet are rewarded with a prize.Auxiliary members also maintain a presence in the schools, do home checks while people are away on vacation and turn over anything serious to the Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies.”We never get out of our cars and deal with anything dangerous ourselves,” Campbell said.Campbell helped her husband, Bob, organize the golf tournament.”It’s a beautiful day for golf,” said Corey Doss, a tournament participant and the principal at Bea Underwood Elementary School in Battlement Mesa.This is the second year Doss and his teammates have participated in the event. Many players on the course wore Garfield County Sheriff’s Auxiliary baseball caps to protect their faces from the sun.”We get these just for being here,” said Scott Carpenter, a teacher at Grand Valley High School and a member of Doss’ team.”We’ve had a great turnout, and it’s going great,” Campbell said near the end of the tournament.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.