News briefs for Dec. 22

BLM Web site offers new service

The Colorado Bureau of Land Management’s Web site now offers free content from other Web sites, including news articles and features.

The bureau’s Colorado office is the first in the nation to offer the technology, called Really Simple Syndication.

The service will provide readers better access related to public land management, bureau officials say.

For more on the service or the bureau, visit its Web site,

Energy Outreach Colorado offers heat tips

Energy Outreach Colorado is reminding all Colorado residents to be especially careful about keeping their homes warm during the holidays.

Officials from the nonprofit, which helps low-income families and seniors on fixed incomes pay their energy bills, say that around the holidays, increased energy use can lead to hazards.

“This is the time of year when people often take extra steps to keep their homes warm, such as lighting a fire in the fireplace or even using a space heater,” said Shelly Wallace, director of energy education for the group.

Wallace said homeowners should make sure power and extension cords are in working condition, be careful with candles and keep space heaters away from furniture.

For more information, visit

Residents may be eligible for rebates

Low-income residents or residents with disabilities may be eligible for a program that offers rebates on paid property taxes, rent or heating bills.

To be eligible for the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate Program, residents must have lived in Colorado for one year. The Colorado Department of Revenue issues the rebates.

To be eligible for rebates, residents also must meet the following criteria:

  • ull-year resident
  • At least 65 years old or a surviving spouse at least 58 years old
  • Have disability for all of 2005, regardless of age
  • ingle with income less than $11,000
  • arried couple with income less than $14,700

Qualified applicants can receive a rebate of as much as $600 of property tax and $192 of heating expenses paid during the year.

Applications to the program are available by calling (303) 238-3278 or go to

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