WESTSIDE BRIEFS

       People can recycle used computer equipment under a new program through Goodwill Industries in partnership with the Dell computer company.
       Goodwill has two drop-off locations on the Weststide - an attended one outside the Wal-Mart, 707 S. Eighth St., daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and one at the Goodwill dock, off the alley behind 2307 W. Colorado Ave., Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
       The partnership is through Dell's Reconnect program. “Donors can drop off any brand of used computer equipment and all accessories in any condition,” explained Melissa Lyby of Goodwill. “The proceeds from donated computers will be returned to Goodwill to support its mission of helping people become independent. The unique program is free and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes.
       For more information, contact Goodwill at 635-GIVE or go to goodwill-colosprings.org.
      
       A sentence of three years in jail has been given to the woman who struck and killed two bicyclists with her pickup truck at 26th Street and Westend Avenue Aug. 6.
       Barbara Thomas was sentenced June 8 by District Judge Gilbert Martinez. She had been found guilty of vehicular homicide. An as-yet-undetermined amount of restitution will also be required, said Shelly LaGrill, spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office.
       Edgar Juarez, 30 and Jayson Kilroy, 28, died in the accident. Both had worked at a bicycle shop on the eastside.
       According to police, Thomas was going south on 26th Street and turning onto Westend at about 7:40 p.m. Aug. 6. In so doing, she cut in front of Juarez and Kilroy, who were among a group of five cyclists coming north (downhill) on 26th. The other three were not hurt.
       The prosecuting attorney on the case was Jim Bentley.
       A memorial, including a bicycle frame, was placed at the corner shortly after the accident and has remained there ever since.
      
       Grant money from the William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund is available for 2009.
       To qualify, an organization “must have non-profit status and be involved in charitable work that delivers services to deserving residents within the boundaries set by the Rotary Club of the Garden of the Gods and not be receiving tax dollars for its services,” a press release states.
       These boundaries are west of I-25, north to the El Paso County line, south across part of the Broadmoor area and west into Teller County.
       For an application form, send a request to The Advisory Trustees, William and Betty Osborne Trust Fund, P.O. Box 6085, Colorado Springs CO 80934.
       The deadline to request an application is Thursday, June 30. Completed applications need to be submitted by July 31.
      
       Rock Ledge Ranch manager Andy Morris will conduct his annual Basic Blacksmith Workshop Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21.
       The times will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. days at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site north of Pleasant Valley.
       The cost is $150. Reservations are required at 578-6777.
       The sessions will include blacksmithing history, tools, techniques and supplies. Participant will get to forge items of their own.
      
       Two charities will benefit from the Spring Furniture & Housewares Drive Saturday, June 20 in the VA Clinic's parking lot at 25 N. Spruce St.
       The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can drop off clean, unneeded furniture (exept refrigerators), as well as non-perishable foods, baby formula, disposable diapers and hygiene items.
       The charities are One Nation Walking Together, which aids Native Americans in poverty; and the HUD/VA Subsidized Housing Program, which tries to find homes for homeless veterans.
       For more information, call 238-5667 (VA) or 329-0251 (One Nation).
      
       The Inasmuch Foundation is awarding $119,300 in grants to 11 local nonprofit organizations.
       These include the Westside-based Community Partnership for Child Development (preschool program), $15,000; Greccio Housing (emergency necessities such as bus tickets, food, rent and utilities assistance), $5,000; Westside CARES (direct services to clients, including rent, transportation and prescription assistance), $5,000; and Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, which operates the Billie Spielman Center in the West Center (general operating support), $10,000.
       The local foundation was founded in 1982 to support charitable, scientific and educational causes.
      
       The Garden of the Gods 10 Mile Run will fill the Garden with hundreds of runners Sunday morning, June 14.
       The event will start in Manitou Springs at 7 a.m. and also finish there. The course will follow the main roads through the Garden of the Gods. For more information, call 635-3833 or go to gardentenmile.com.

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