Colorado responds to Hurricane Katrina
DENVER – The Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross said Friday Coloradans have donated $4 million for hurricane relief, including two gifts of $1 million each.”One guy called this morning with a $25,000 donation off his credit card,” Thompson said.The Red Cross said 1,000 volunteers from Colorado, including 100 members of the Red Cross, have headed for the Gulf Coast to help with relief efforts.– DENVER – The Daniels Fund has approved an emergency grant of $500,000 to help with hurricane relief efforts.New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, chairwoman of the fund’s grants and scholarship committee, will work with state and local officials to decide which organizations get the money.The Denver-based fund is a charitable foundation started by cable magnate Bill Daniels in 1997.– DENVER – Western Union Financial Services Inc. said Friday it would waive its money-transfer fees for donations sent to the American Red Cross.The Denver-based company said it would cut its fees in half for any money sent to Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.– BOULDER – The University of Colorado School of Law said Friday it will reopen its admissions process to accommodate second- and third-year law students at Tulane and Loyola New Orleans law schools who were displaced by the hurricane.The school said preference would be given to Colorado residents. First-year students previously admitted to CU Law will also be considered, Law Dean David Getches said.– DENVER – The University of Denver said Friday it will accept 50 students from universities in the New Orleans area that had to shut down because of the hurricane.Todd Rinehart, assistant vice chancellor for enrollment, said DU would enroll up to 10 first-year students and up to 40 sophomores through senior transfer students.– DENVER – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said Friday “serious questions” must be asked about the slow federal response to the hurricane and the rapid increase in gasoline prices, but the first priority is helping the victims.”There will be time in the future to ask why and how these problems occurred. But right now, we must focus all of our efforts on helping those in need,” she said in a written statement.– COLORADO SPRINGS – James Dobson, founder and chairman of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, on Friday offered the organization’s sympathy and concern.”Our thoughts and prayers go out to the literally millions of citizens who have lost loved ones, homes, and livelihoods as a result of this unprecedented and ongoing natural disaster,” Dobson said in a written statement.– DENVER – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver has asked all its parishes to participate in a communal day of prayer and collection on the weekend of Sept. 17-18.Donations will be contributed to Catholic Charities USA’s relief efforts, archdiocese spokeswoman Tracy Kmetz said.– BOULDER – Fans attending the Colorado State-Colorado football game in Boulder Saturday will be able to contribute cash or checks to the American Red Cross for hurricane victims. Volunteers will be stationed around the stadium to accept donations.– LOVELAND – Motorcyclists attending the “Thunder in the Rockies” rally at the Larimer County fairgrounds this weekend can donate $5 to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief instead of paying the $5 parking fee, rally officials announced.– ENGLEWOOD – EchoStar Communications Inc. said Friday its Dish Network was providing satellite television service to Red Cross evacuation shelters across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.EchoStar said Dish has set up service in nine shelters and is in the process of establishing service in dozens of others.
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