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December 17, 2017
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$25K Grant Goes To New Ignacio Library
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Congressman John Salazar (wearing the hat) joins the USDA's Mike Bennett, Southern Ute Chairman Clement Frost, and others in accepting a $25,000 grant for the new Ignacio Library Thursday. (Photo: Victor Locke, KSUT)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The town of Ignacio Thursday celebrated the near completion of a new library, with the presentation of a federal grant to help pay for the facility.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports:

VICTOR: Ignacio Library Board President Namoa Jones gave 3rd District U.S. Congressman John Salazar a personal tour of the new Ignacio Library Thursday.
She's excited by the nearly completed 11-thousand square foot facility.
JONES: WE THINK THE BUILDING IS JUST EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED AND I THINK IGNACIO IS GOING TO BE VERY PROUD OF IT. YOU KNOW, OUR LIBRARY IS UTILIZED VERY MUCH IN IGNACIO, NOT JUST BY IGNACIO BUT NEIGHBORING PEOPLE. WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM PAGOSA SPRINGS COMING TO OUR LIBRARY. I THINK THIS IS A VERY FRIENDLY LIBRARY, THE ATMOSPHERE IS ALWAYS REALLY HIGH. THERE'S A LOT OF DRAWING CARDS FOR THIS LIBRARY.
BENNETT: TODAY WE HAVE A 25-THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK TO PRESENT AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE CONGRESSMAN SIGN IT FOR US.
Moments after the tour, Mike Bennett, Colorado State Director of USDA's Rural Development Office joined the Congressman before a crowd of two dozen outside the new library to present a 25-thousand dollar grant.
The money will help equip the new library.
Salazar says with tight federal spending right now, grants like this are important for rural communities like Ignacio.
SALAZAR: WE ARE REALLY FIGHTING BACK AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL WITH THE BUDGET CONSTRAINTS THAT WE HAVE. AND SO THIS IS ONE OF THE WAYS WE CAN START HELPING AND MAINTAINING RURAL AMERICA, ALIVE AND STRONG, IS BY SOME OF THESE MATCHING GRANTS THAT ADDRESS THE NEEDS AND LITERACY OF KIDS HERE IN RURAL AMERICA.
The 3.5-million dollar facility is being funded largely by a bond issue approved by Ignacio residents.
The present temporary library will close at noon tomorrow to facilitate the move to the new library, which should open late the first week or early the second week of September.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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