From Snow Sports Fund to COVID-19 Cash
“It was difficult to see money in that account just sitting when we could be helping people out during this public health crisis,” was how District Attorney Bruce Brown explained the recent decision to transfer funds from the Snow Sports Restitution Fund to the DA’s Charitable Contributions Fund in anticipation of distribution to local charities helping with COVID-19 relief efforts.
And non-profits in Lake County are eligible to apply for some of the $112,000 in funds.
“The snow sports restitution fund was a great program,” explained Brown. “Dozens of visitors whose vacations, and recreationists whose ski days were ruined in so many ways due to theft, were able to recoup money for costly gear.”
The Snow Sports Restitution Fund was created as the result of a felony case settlement plea agreement involving the theft of many skis when after all identifiable theft victims were paid. Through that special fund, later victims of other snow sports equipment thefts in Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake and Summit Counties, were able to receive restitution compensation via the program, if they had not already been made whole by any other 3rd party, such as an insurance company and where the perpetrator of the theft was not apprehended.
However, with the current needs of the community, the District Attorney’s office is inviting any non-profit organization that is serving the counties of Clear Creek, Summit, Eagle, and Lake to apply for this special funding. Preference will be given to organizations that serve the needs of crime victims and local youth and their families. Because this is emergency funding, applications must be submitted no later than June 21, 2020 and can be found HERE. Applications may be sent to Wendi Rowles, WRowles@da5.us —no later than June 21, 2020.
Between 2017-2020, the fund distributed $28,432 to skiers and boarders whose gear had been ripped off. Most of those thefts occurred when ski and snowboard gear was left at the bottom of a ski area during short rest breaks that proved easy pickings for thieves. So what will happen to that program? According to the DA’s office, all future thefts of snow sports, equipment losses should continue to be reported to local law enforcement and security offices at any ski area where the theft occurred. Crime victims may still be able to secure restitution if a perpetrator is identified and convicted of the offense. Additional information regarding programs supported by the Office of the District Attorney can be found on their website.
No Enforcement Plan For Health Orders
Leadville Today readers may recall a recent post regarding the May 11 Zoom Meetings regarding the enforcement of the current public health order. Now, one month after the virtual meeting hosted by 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown, in partnership with local law enforcement as well as representatives from public health and recreation, there still is no viable answer when it comes to enforcing the order.
After months of restrictions, thousands of dollars spent on mandatory upgrades to local businesses and hours and hours and hours in Zoom meetings, this group of community leaders still has no solutions or plan. In the end, it’s only a mere suggestion, a hopeful experiment in “voluntary compliance.”
In fact, during the recent Black Lives Matter protest as the crowd was clearly growing beyond the mandated “no groups of more than 10 people” rule, complaints from residents and businesses expected and forced to comply also swelled. Leadville Today reached out to officials about enforcement of the order that they had declared as part of the State of Emergency declared in Lake County on March 16, 2020. Here is their response:
“LCPHA, Lake County and City Law Enforcement (LE) agencies, and Bruce Brown, District Attorney, 5th Judicial District, have continued to discuss the compliance approach that is most effective and reasonable for regional communities.”
“There are statutorily established processes by which penalties can be levied for violations through formal citations. However, the recommended and generally adopted stance is for both LE and LCPHA to emphasize public education and voluntary self-compliance. This is the approach Lake County has been taking, working to help people be aware of the parameters within the local public health orders and understand the reasoning behind limitations and the importance of social distancing precautions. Outreach to these groups to reinforce they should respect precautions while gathering will hopefully help do that.”
So it looks like a case of “All Quiet on the Western Front,” in Leadville Today. For now.
Solvista Mental Health Minute
In their ongoing efforts to stay connected to the communities they serve and to continue to deliver behavioral health services via Telehealth and telephone, as well as our 24/7 crisis helpline at 719-275-2351, Solvista Health shares the next video in its mental health video series. In this Mental Health Minute Kristina Sargent, LCSW, RPT, a member of our Child & Family Team shows us some fun and creative ways to teach our kids to identify their emotions.
Follow the Solvista Health Facebook Page, to see posts offering tools to thrive. One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screen at, Solvista Health Free Screening when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of problems.
Another great way to develop #Tools2Thrive is by joining one of their Free Virtual Support Groups via Zoom. The groups are open to anyone in the community and have a range of topics including: Parenting During COVID-19; Physical Activity and Wellness; Substance Abuse and Recovery; Music; Grief Recovery; Cooking; Homework Help for Students; and more. To get more information or to join a group, call us at 719-275-2351. For each person, the tools needed to keep mentally healthy will be unique.
Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find a balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health. Remember, Solvista Health is always here for you 24/7, just call 719-275-2351. Crisis help is also available through Colorado Crisis Services by calling, 1- 844-493-8255, or text “TALK” to 38255 to connect with someone.