Briefs for August 29

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Drowning cause of death in Yampa man's accident

— A 68-year-old Yampa man drowned Thursday when he lost control of the truck he was driving, causing the truck to roll and land upside down in a ditch full of water north of Yampa on Colorado Highway 131.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Angel Laque Figueroa did not have any pre-existing medical conditions that contributed to his death. Drugs and alcohol were not contributing factors, he said.

Figueroa was driving his 1993 Ford Ranger south on Colo. 131 when the truck went off the right side of the road, skidded onto the road and then began rotating across the left lane of traffic, according to a Colorado State Patrol press release.

Figueroa was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident.

Ryg said a passer-by attempted to free Figueroa from the truck, but was unable to do so before Figueroa died.

Foundation Grants forms due by Sept. 15

Yampa Valley Community Foundation's competitive grant forms are being accepted through Sept. 15. The Community Foundation allocates funds for projects and programs that demonstrate progress toward achieving healthy community goals in the areas of Art and Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services, and Recreation. The Community Foundation will consider proposals from nonprofit organizations in Routt and Moffat counties. Grant applications can be found at www.yvcf.org or at 465 Anglers Drive, Suite 2-G. Call 879-8632 for more information.

Transportation to VA medical centers available

Transportation to the Grand Junction and Denver VA medical centers is available for veterans who are unable to drive and who have an appointment Monday through Friday at either hospital. This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Veterans Affairs Officer of Routt County at 879-5489 or e-mail mcondie@co.routt.co.us to arrange transportation.

The Routt County office is in the Workforce Center in the Sundance at Fish Creek shopping center. The office is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Hayden School District board petitions available

Nominating petitions for people interested in serving on the Hayden School District's Board of Education are available in the district's central office. The deadline to submit completed petitions is Aug. 31. There are two openings this fall on the School Board. Each opening is a four-year term. Candidates must be registered voters in the Director District for which they would represent. Call 276-3864 or stop by the district office at 495 W. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden for more information.

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