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There’s still time to donate for the Summer of Jazz 2010 to make it as special as possible.

Contributions will be accepted until Friday, April 23. At this late time, last-minute donations should be made online at summerofjazz.com by using PayPal, or dropped off at the Post Independent at 2014 Grand Avenue.

There will be a fundraising Jazzathon event today at the Ramada Inn from 7-9:30 p.m. Music will be provided by the Intervention Band, and there will be a silent auction featuring golf packages, backstage passes to the SOJ, rafting and of course lots of food.



Everyone who has made donations will be included in a raffle for a Jazz 25th anniversary cruiser bike that has been donated by the Gear Exchange. The drawing for the bike takes place at 8 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

The amount of money raised by the end of the day Friday will determine how many acts the 25th Summer of Jazz will have for its Wednesday night concert series at Two Rivers Park.



Wind caused a controlled burn near New Castle to get quickly out of control Tuesday afternoon.

According to Burning Mountains Fire Protection District’s Fire Chief Brit McLin, a landowner was performing a controlled burn of an irrigation ditch, about one mile west of New Castle, along highway 6 when the fire grew out of control. Fire crews were able to get the blaze under control in less than two hours around 3 p.m.

Firefighters had the blaze under control by about 4:30 p.m. and continued with mop-up into the evening.

Fire officials determined the fire burned 1.5 acres. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened.

Highway 6 was closed for about two hours while crews battled the blaze, and was reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

Fire departments request that most prescribed burns of this nature are to be done in the early morning hours when winds are typically at a minimum.

Homeowners along Grand Avenue could expect to see access to their property opened again sometime Friday, according to GAPP II project spokesman Tom Newland.

Thursday crews will work on pouring the curb, gutter and sidewalk from Sayre Park toward Safeway. Friday, pouring of the curb, gutter and sidewalk along the west side of Grand Avenue will continue. The residences along Grand Avenue across from Sayre Park will have their driveways reopened and access provided over the new concrete driving lanes, Newland said.

Saturday and Sunday, crews will pour the remaining portions of the traffic lanes up to 24th Street, and cleanup work and placement of curb, gutter and sidewalk forms will take place.

Newland emphasized that the schedule is dependent upon the weather. As rain and cooler weather has been forecasted for later on this week. It is possible that the schedule will be delayed one day, or two, depending on the severity and duration of any inclement weather that may occur, he said.

Street closures have been changed for Phase 2 of this project. A list of new street closures/openings includes:

• 23rd Street at Grand Avenue has been re-opened to right turns only. That is to say, vehicles can now turn right onto 23rd street when traveling down valley on Grand Avenue and can turn right off of 23rd Street onto Grand Avenue;

• South Grand Avenue, which is across Grand Avenue from 23rd Street, will remain closed to traffic. A detour via 27th Street has been set up for the businesses and residences along South Grand Avenue;

• 19th Street and 20th Street are now fully open and unobstructed for access to the hospital;

• Hyland Park Drive South is now reopened to traffic;

• Park Drive South has been closed for Phase 2 of construction. People in the South Park Subdivision will have to use Park Drive North or Coach Miller Drive to access Grand Avenue.


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