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Crowd gathers in Solvang Park for candlelight vigil to remember Las Vegas victims

About 75 people gathered in Solvang Park on Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to honor and remember the victims of the shooting that took place Sunday at a country music festival outside a Las Vegas resort hotel.

The quiet, somber ceremony that drew at least half a dozen former and current Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies, both on duty and off, was organized by Candi Villard of Solvang.

After brief remarks by Villard, two volunteers read the names of the 58 people who were killed in what’s been described as the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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What to remember in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting

There’s a feeling of nationwide – and worldwide – hopelessness after a senseless tragedy like the one that took place last night in Las Vegas. It’s tempting to stay glued to our screens as the story unfolds, as we wonder, again, why, why, why.

That’s why it’s important for us to remember today how valuable our lives are, and how important it is to take care of ourselves.

Taking care of yourself might look like taking care of others. It might look like sending that extra “I love you” text, or giving an extra tight hug. If you need extra support, you can also reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741-741. Call 1-866-535-5654 if you’re missing a loved one and need more information.

We want you to know that whatever you need to do right now is OK. If you feel helpless, there are things you can do, even if that thing is taking care of yourself. As Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted this morning: “You can also put down your phone or close your computer and take a walk. That’s what I just did. We need you for the long haul. We need you.”

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Officers learn how to de-escalate situations involving mental illness

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Parker, Lone Tree and Castle Rock police departments are in the process of putting all their officers and dispatchers through Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, an internationally recognized program that teaches how to recognize and build rapport with a person experiencing mental illness.

Eighty percent of the Parker Police Department has completed the training, and 68 percent of Castle Rock officers and 82 percent of Lone Tree officers have done so. In the sheriff’s office, 50 percent of deputies are trained in CIT.

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Police learn to defuse situations during Steamboat Springs training

Twenty Colorado law enforcement officers were in Steamboat Springs last week to learn how to use words instead of force to defuse potentially deadly situations.

Included were six members of the Steamboat Springs Police Department, meaning all the officers, animal control officers and community service officers have now been through the training.

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CIT Youth Training in Holyoke, CO

Putting her training to the test, Tanisha Bules, at right, leans in to hear from a teen actor during a role play situation last week. Bules is the principal at IConnect High School in Fort Morgan through Centennial BOCES and was one of several schools and agencies represented at the Crisis Intervention Team training in Holyoke.