Colorado Parks and Wildlife says feeding wildlife could kill them. State senator Don Coram challenges incumbent congressional representative Lauren Boebert, and Fort Lewis College comes up with a housing plan. You’re watching the local news roundup, brought to you by FASTSIGNS of Durango and The Law Firm of Downs, McDonough, Cowan and Foley. I’m Wendy Graham Settle. Colorado Parks and Wildlife warns residents to refrain from feeding wildlife this winter. Not only is the practice illegal, it could kill the very wildlife you’re trying to help. Deer are best able to survive winter conditions when they don’t have additional food, because their digestive systems gradually adjust to the sparser food conditions. Providing a sudden source of food such as corn or birdseed can shock the deers’ digestive systems and cause damage to their stomachs so that they struggle to digest their normal diets. Wildlife have been known to die of starvation because they could not digest their natural foods as a result of interference from the human-provided food. Feeding wildlife also can attract prey animals like mountain lions or coyotes. For more information, visit cpw.state.co.us and search feed wildlife. Former Republican state senator Don Coram announced his bid earlier this month to unseat incumbent Lauren Boebert in the Republican primary race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. And within 10 days of his announcement, the Boebert campaign launched a series of attack ads accusing the well-respected state senator of corruption. Don Coram served as the Republican state senator for Colorado District 6, but lost his seat to redistricting. Coram, a Rancher and native of Montrose county, is known for his ability to work across party lines to benefit his rural constituents. In the attack ads, Boebert, who has built a far-right conservative reputation for wearing guns to campaign rallies, her outspoken support of former President Donald Trump, and her virulent attacks on Democrats and Liberals, accused Coram of using his office to pass Hemp Legislation that would benefit his company, Paradox Ventures, and line his pocket with millions of Dollars. Coram called the allegations lies and pointed to a number of false claims and facts in her allegations, including her deliberately misleading statements about his financial status. Coram is not a millionaire. Boebert defeated Republican congressional incumbent Scott Tipton from Montezuma county in the 2020 primary race to win the congressional seat in the general election. To learn more, visit doncoram.com. The Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors together are investing one million Dollars to assist Faculty and Staff with housing. The investment will be used to provide down payment assistance for staff, and the program is part of a multi-pronged approach to increase affordable housing options for college employees and students. The college also will explore using vacant campus property to build affordable employee rentals and will look for other public and private partnerships to develop housing in the community. In addition, the college hopes to complete an affordable, on-campus student apartment complex by fall 2024. To learn more, visit fortlewis.edu, and click through to the news page. Thanks for watching this week’s local new roundup. I’m Wendy Graham Settle.