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Colorado car club launches fundraiser, finds new job for veteran found living in storage unit

ARVADA, Colo. — No longer will Chris Cline have to return home to a cold, dark storage unit. No longer will he have to work as an overnight security guard hardly able to pay his bills. Thanks to scores of Denver7 viewers, he has a new job and is on a path to long-term sustainability. The Colorado Dodge Challengers Club lives by a simple principle: ‘Go big or go home.’

The club members know power can be addictive, especially as they rev the engines of their Dodge Challengers.

“707,” Christine McClatchey says of the horsepower on her new Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It looks and, in part, sounds like a jet engine.

“Many times it does feel that way, yes,” she said.

Though she adores the vehicle, which she nicknamed “The Duckanator,” she’s put a different kind of power into overdrive through the club.

“We are obviously huge supporters of military veterans and that has a very obvious segue into law enforcement as well,” McClatchey said. In the last year and a half, the club began giving back to the community. Their first project was a fundraiser they held in the name of Jaimie Jursevics[1], a Colorado state trooper who died in the line of duty in 2015.

“That is actually cut from her uniform,” McClatchey said of a patch she framed and placed on a wall inside her home.

She said Jursevics’s family gave her the patch as a way to express gratitude for the fundraiser. The club has also hosted other fundraisers in recent months for various causes and organizations such as a local children’s hospital. Through their philanthropic efforts, they decided to assist Chris Cline after seeing his story on Denver7.[2]

One of the club members gave him a place to stay for free.[3] Then, other club members launched a GoFundMe online fundraiser[4] to try to help him pay down outstanding debts and fund various needs he put off for the last few years — including veterinary care for his dog, Anywyn, and vehicle maintenance.

For as much power as they have in their vehicles, she agrees that they’ve found a greater sense of power in trying to make a difference.

“I want this to be right for him going forward and our whole club does,” McClatchey said.

Cline lands new job

Through the roughly 750 car club members, Cline connected with Tiffany Jackson, who leads Compass Management and manages roughly a dozen properties.

“They said, ‘Would you be interested in interviewing with her,’ and I said, ‘Of course,'” he said.

“When I founded this company, when I launched this company, a big part of my business plan was to hire vets,” Jackson said. She had never met Cline, but she heard of his living situation in the storage unit and wanted to help. Jackson said Cline, and other veterans like him, would fit her company well.

“They learn organization, they learn facilities, they learn distribution, they learn structure,” she said. “[They have] hard work, work ethic,” she said.

Beginning Monday, Cline will assist her in maintaining all of her properties. Cline will leave behind the overnight security job he held for roughly five years. Instead, he’ll have better hours and comfortably better pay with Compass. Jackson said he’ll also have room to grow in his new job.

“I’m excited about where the company can go with him in place,” she said.

Eventually, once Cline is in his new gig, he’ll find a new place of his own to call home.

“Once I have that, it’s just a matter of getting used to a new lifestyle, a new place anyway — and living like a normal person,” he laughed. “They’re giving me more than I could have ever hoped, honestly.”

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Take advantage of growth, guard against risk with new US regime: Frum

Political commentator David Frum says there s good, bad and potentially ugly for Canadian farmers in the United States new and unpredictable Trump administration. Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and, more recently, an owner of Ontario farmland, told the Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic in London recently that global markets have been poor at pricing in political risk, so farmers should take steps to manage their risk themselves. The good for the economy includes a likely end to tepid economic growth in the U.S. over the past 15 years, said Frum.

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There is a big tax cut on the way in the U.S. It will have two powerful and positive effects, including putting more money in people s pockets and creating government deficits. Deficits are also stimulating to the economy, said Frum, who recently took possession of a piece of Prince Edward County farmland through a family succession process. Stimulus should lead to more demand for products, including food from Canada. That fiscal stimulus will be thrown into an economy that is already growing and creating more consumer confidence.

The Trump administration has already limited some of the regulations of the Dodd-Frank Act and as a result, consumer lending will be made easier.

There will also be a lot less petty, harassing regulation, especially in agriculture, he said. The Waters of the United States regulations was one of the worst offenders, said Frum, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was claiming authority over areas where water ran for limited periods of time each year. ADVERTISEMENT

The foot of government will be less on their neck and that will be a positive thing, he said. Regulatory changes in the U.S. will have knock-on effects here too.

He expects 2017 to be a bullish year and 2018 likely will be so too.

The bad

However, there are other concerns with the U.S. administration that we haven t seen from previous presidents. Not only is the Trump administration protectionist, it will be manifested in petty and capricious protectionism, through regulation, not through law, said Frum. He doesn t expect that the administration will have the capacity to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) anytime soon. But he expects to see petty harassment, including harassment of travellers.

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Trump s travel ban, now on six countries, isn t just affecting residents of those countries, but also the large diasporas of those countries. Foreign applications to U.S. universities are already down 40,000 year over year, Frum said, and businesspeople and professionals with conferences and holdings in the U.S. are limiting their travel. A rise in interest rates driven by consumer spending and greater deficits in the U.S. could mean a rising U.S. dollar, which could help Canadian exports. It could also inflame protectionist sentiment in the administration, which has yet to find much problem with Canada. Frum s other concerns include the way the Trump family is acting and the deals they are completing to their benefit, along with cash infusions they are taking from foreign entities.

The presidential family is behaving in a way the presidential family has never behaved before, he said.

He worries about the decline in public integrity, the tradition of a lack of corruption.

It is a precious, precious thing and once it is damaged it is hard to change it. It starts from the top.

The ugly

Frum said his concerns about potential ugly implications of the Trump presidency include areas harder to predict. He s chiefly concerned with the unpredictability and renegade tendencies of the Trump administration. There are members of the White House who can t even get security clearance because of their previous relationships and transgressions.

There s a real instinct for conflict and a bad instinct for bringing friends along.

Trump has also hit back at critical allies Germany, Britain and Australia. There s a potential for a conflict that the U.S. could get bogged down in and is in alone. However, Frum said, there are numerous ways that Trump could be sidelined in his tone and agenda, including by Congress, by the fact that government is paralyzed due to a lack of the many appointees needed to make it work, or by the potential Trump could find other interests that are less dangerous. The challenge for businesses is that no one knows, and unlike previous administrations, no one can predict outcomes from this administration. Managing that risk will be up to businesses themselves.

John Greig is a field editor for Glacier FarmMedia based at Ailsa Craig, Ont. Follow him at @jgreig on Twitter.

Utah man celebrating wedding anniversary among those killed in London attack

Utah Man Celebrating Wedding Anniversary Among Those Killed In London Attack

Utah resident Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa traveled to Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and were visiting London on Wednesday, with plans to return to the United States March 23. (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

Utah Man Celebrating Wedding Anniversary Among Those Killed In London Attack

(ABC NEWS[1]) — An American tourist celebrating his wedding anniversary in Europe was among those killed in the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday, a family member confirmed to ABC News.

Utah resident Kurt Cochran and his wife Melissa traveled to Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and were visiting London on Wednesday, with plans to return to the United States today. Cochran and his wife were both wounded in the attack. Cochran died from his injuries while Melissa remains in the hospital, according to a statement from her brother, Clint Payne.

“Our family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our brother and son-in-law, Kurt W. Cochran, who was a victim of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London. Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, Melissa. They were in Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, and were scheduled to return to the United States on Thursday,” Payne said in the statement obtained by ABC News.

“Melissa also received serious injuries in the attack, and is being cared for in the hospital. We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family. Kurt will be greatly missed, and we ask for privacy as our family mourns and as Melissa recovers from her injuries,” the statement added. Wednesday’s attack began around 2:40 p.m. local time, when a car struck pedestrians and three police officers on Westminster Bridge. The car then crashed into the fence around the Houses of Parliament, and a man armed with a knife attacked an officer who was standing guard, according to London’s Metropolitan Police Service. Three people, including a police officer, were killed and at least 29 others were injured in the attack which authorities have declared a terrorist incident. A man believed to be the attacker was shot dead by police at the scene, police said.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament today that the suspected perpetrator was British-born and had been on the radar of security services.

ABC News’ Michael Kreisel and Jenniifer Watts contributed to this report.

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