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Ambulance service receives $75,000 grant

Staff Report

WALSENBURG— Huerfano County Ambulance Services have been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health to go toward the purchase of a new ambulance according to Sherry Mann, director of the service.

    “The money will be used to purchase a new van for the service which will be used for transporting patients to Pueblo or Colorado Springs.  We will still be using our box ambulances that have four wheel drive to provide service in the county.”

    The cost of the new van will be around $80,000.  The service is looking at applying for additional grants through the Department of Public Health in order to upgrade the current stable of older vehicles with newer box type four wheel drive ambulances.

    The county is still moving forward on plans for a new ambulance service building to be constructed in the Northlands.  They are currently in negotiations with the city of Walsenburg regarding costs on a water tap and EQR for the proposed building.

    Stephen Miller made his pitch to the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, Nov. 10, about receiving an endorsement from the county as he moves forward in forming a youth soccer league in Huerfano County.  Currently a youth soccer league based in Colorado City is the only soccer league available for youth in the county. It is run through the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth, formerly the Huerfano County Youth Services.

    The new league will involve older kids, third grade through the eighth grade, in a more competitive league environment.  Miller’s next step will be to meet with the Parks and Recreation Commission.