Vermont Could Receive Over $25 Million in Home Heating FundsWaterbury, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas praised the U.S. House of Representatives for their historic vote on September 25, 2008, to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at $5.1 billion, the maximum funding level authorized for fiscal year 2009.Governor Douglas said the LIHEAP provision was included in the House-passed version of a Continuing Resolution which would fund the vast majority of government programs at fiscal year 2008 levels through March 2009.”The House’s decision to fully fund the LIHEAP program for this coming year-at nearly double the 2008 appropriation-is an indication that they understand the critical importance of the LIHEAP program for all states,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “I want to thank Congressman Welch for his leadership on this issue and his colleagues for their support for this critically important program. The northeastern governors are all very grateful that the House has responded to our calls for full funding of LIHEAP.””We now urge the Senate and president to quickly follow suit,” Governor Douglas continued. “If they can find $700 billion to bailout Wall Street, surely than can find the resources to keep low income Americans warm this winter.”Last year, Vermont received a LIHEAP block grant of $11.7 million, and an overall total of nearly $19.4 million in funding, when contingency funding is included in the equation.Governor Douglas said if the Senate passes the measure supported by the House, and the President signs it into law, Vermont stands to receive almost $25.6 million in block grant funding from the program. This is more than double last year’s base funding, at almost $14 million.”Vermont was able to provide the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the nation to low-income residents last year,” added Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Cynthia D. LaWare. “Due to the skyrocketing costs of home heating fuel this year, the LIHEAP program must be fully funded if we are to ensure a similar benefit level to our LIHEAP recipients this year. The House’s commitment to this issue is a very positive step toward making this a reality, and I urge the Senate and the President to address this issue immediately.”Vermont is actively engaged in a variety of statewide efforts to address the challenge of rising fuel and food costs. For more information about the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership, and what State and community partners are doing to help keep Vermonters warm this winter, please visit: http://helpforvt.org/(link is external)###
John Campos raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with his $1,000 Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout victory Monday at Cottage Grove Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (June 26) – John Campos earned $1,000 plus a dose of redemption along with the checkers when the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout returned to Cottage Grove Speedway Monday night.Campos led the last 16 of 35 laps, running side-by-side with Mark Wauge much of that distance before taking the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory.“We were persistent on the bottom,” said Campos, who had started seventh. “He (Wauge) was right there. We had that late-race caution on lap 29 and checked out a bit from there.”The former super late model driver has found a more economical division in the IMCA Modifieds. Campos has followed the Shootout each of his three seasons in the sanctioned divisions and had posted second- and fourth-place finishes since being disqualified in post-race tech on opening night.Wauge set a wicked fast pace from the start but was slowed by a couple cautions. Shortly after a lap 16 restart, he came under pressure from the hard-charging Campos.Campos completed his pass for the lead on lap 19. Debris brought out the final yellow, with six to go, but Campos couldn’t be caught before the checkers flew.Campos became the fourth different Shootout winner in as many events this season. His career-first tour win made him the 18th different driver in series history to grace victory lane.Jesse Williamson rallied to a second-place finish. Wauge was promoted to third when that apparent place finisher was DQ’d in the tech tent and Jake Mayden and Collen Winebarger completed the top five.Mayden and sixth running Bricen James were “B” feature winners.Forty-one drivers from Oregon, California, Nevada, and Montana as well as British Columbia contested the Monday show.Feature results – 1. John Campos; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. Mark Wauge; 4. Jake Mayden; 5. Collen Winebarger; 6. Bricen James; 7. Brad Martin; 8. Wade Taylor; 9. Randy Brown; 10. Monte Bischoff; 11. Joey Price; 12. Eric Ashley; 13. Jeremy Shank; 14. Grey Ferrando; 15. Brian Thompso; 16. Jeff Lovell; 17. Danny Lauer; 18. Ethan Dotson; 19. D.J. Shannon.