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Coloradoans Stranded in Washington, D.C., Available for Comment

DENVER—Fourteen Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) members from Colorado and Wyoming in Washington, D.C., since Sept. 8 to attend National Farmers Union’s annual legislative fly-in are stranded there as a result of the terrorist attacks this morning. The RMFU delegation had traveled to the nation’s capitol to lobby members of Congress and the Bush administration for better federal farm policies.

“Our prayers go out to the terrorist victims, their family and friends,” said RMFU President Dave Carter. “All RMFU fly-in participants are safe and accounted for.”

Carter and the 13 other participants are available for comment on the atmosphere in Washington, D.C., following suicide plane crashes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The Pentagon is located relatively near both the hotel where the delegation is staying and the National Farmers Union’s legislative office. RMFU members in Washington, D.C., from Colorado include: Will-Lee Ashley, Denver; Krista Algien, Meeker; Ray and Sue Baer, Wiggins; David Carter, Westminster; Holly Ferguson, Holyoke; David Foy, Otis; Kaprice Franke, Akron; Sue Jarrett, Wray; Jed Lake, Meeker; Kurtis Millage, Holyoke; Bud Pekarek, Burlington; and John Stencel, Parker. From Wyoming is Mike Gardner, Pine Bluffs.

“Offering to speak with local media contacts in Colorado and Wyoming no way insinuates we are experts on the happenings. Rather, we thought it would be a good way for Colorado and Wyoming media to obtain first-hand information from local residents,” Carter said.