Checkpoint honors Fort Collins man
The Colorado Department of Trans-portation, Colorado State Patrol and Longmont police will dedicate a sobriety checkpoint to Lee Miller, a Fort Collins man killed by a drug-impaired driver July 3, 2007, a day after he got married.
The dedication is part of CDOT's program to discourage impaired driving and increase awareness of the consequences of the crime by memorializing innocent victims at sobriety checkpoints.
A plaque will be dedicated to Miller's family at the checkpoint, and his picture will be displayed at the checkpoint's entrance.
Miller, 28, was loading wedding gifts into his car in Longmont when a passing driver careened into him, pinning Miller between the two vehicles.
The driver, 56-year-old Connie Marie Petitt of Longmont, had consumed dozens of pain pills and anti-depressants. She was sentenced to four years for vehicular homicide as a result of being under the influence of prescription drugs.
Fire the focus of grassland forum
The U.S. Forest Service will host an open house 3-5 p.m. July 25 to discuss prescribed fire at the Pawnee National Grassland. The meeting is at the district office at 660 O St. in Greeley.
The event focuses on an environmental assessment for prescribed fire at the grassland and will include an analysis of three alternatives:
> The "no action" alternative, which would eliminate prescribed fire from the grassland;
> The proposed action alternative, which would apply prescribed fire to 8,000 to 12,000 acres annually.
> The modification to current management alternative, which would apply prescribed fire with a maximum of 6,000 acres burned annually.
Habitat dedicates 40th home
Fort Collins Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 40th home with a "board cutting" ceremony July 27.
The home will be dedicated to the Castell family, which will celebrate its new house with sponsor Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, friends, family and volunteers.
Habitat home owners pay a zero percent interest rate mortgage, save a down payment, and contribute 300 to 500 hours of sweat equity – 300 hours for a single-adult family and 500 hours for a two-adult family.
The Castell home, with 1,200 square feet, three bedrooms and two bathrooms, cost about $165,000 to build.