NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH

Things Get Spicy at the Colorado State Fair

Since the Colorado State Fair’s hometown of Pueblo is so well-known for its delicious home-grown chilies, it only seems natural to continue the Green Chili Championship and Salsa Challenge at the 2012 Colorado State Fair.  Celebrate the delicious Colorado flavors by stirring up your favorite batch of salsa and chili.  The winner of the Green Chili Championship will claim $100 and bragging rights.  The contest will be held on September 1, 2012; registration is now open with an entry deadline of August 30, 2012.   The winner of the Salsa Challenge will receive $50 for their flavorful condiment.  The contest will be held on September 2, 2012; registration is now open with an entry deadline of August 31, 2012.  Participants can then stay to enjoy all the festivities of Fiesta Day!   For contest details, official rules, and a list of other special contests, contact the Colorado State Fair general entry office at 719-404-2080 or visit www.coloradostatefair.com.  The Colorado State Fair runs until September 3.

Colorado Fire Relief Fund Tops $1 Million In Pledges

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 has received more than $1 million in pledges to support intermediate needs of wildfire victims this year.  “Coloradans are demonstrating a tremendous willingness to help those impacted by the wildfires,” Hickenlooper said. “We will be forever grateful to the individual donors, businesses and others who are giving their time and money to help others recover and rebuild.”  The Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012 is administered by the Denver Foundation and chaired by David Miller. A board composed of CEOs at community foundations in the areas most affected by the fires this year will determine how funds will be awarded.  “We are committed to making sure this fund is advised by local communities and that the money gets to those who need it most and where other resources are not available,” said Miller, president and CEO of the Denver Foundation.  The fund was created on June 28 and is actively connecting with local communities to identify needs, to determine a process to receive proposals and to distribute funds. “We are learning a lot from the people who handled donated funds for victims of the San Diego fires in 2003 and 2007,” said Jamie Van Leeuwen, senior advisor to Hickenlooper. “We are committed to defining a process that is both transparent and accountable.”  The grant process is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.  The Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, which is designed to handle gifts of $1,000 or more, is partnering with El Pomar Foundation and other funding partners to ensure that award distribution between different wildfire support funds is coordinated. More information about how to donate directly to an organization or how to help can be found at www.helpcoloradonow.org.

DENVER BRONCOS

The Denver Broncos fell to the San Francisco ’49ers Today 29-24.  The Broncos lead through for the first three quarters.  The Broncos final preseason game is Thursday night in Arizona.  The 55 Country pregame will begin at 7:05, the kickoff will be at 9.

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