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Michael Brown, FEMA and the bark beetle: Talk about your looming...

Wind-whipped wildfires that chased disgraced former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael Brown from his Left Hand Canyon home near Boulder Wednesday carried with them the scent of even richer irony than the mainstream media stumbled all over itself to report on Thursday.

UPDATED: Ex-FEMA head Brown evacuated in Boulder wildfire

Hurricane Katrina victims take note. Michael Brown is safe. A series of wind-whipped wildfires north of Boulder, Colo., have forced the evacuation of more than 11,500 residents — among them vilified ex-Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown. UPDATE 1/8/09: Hear Brown recount his harrowing fire evacuation and couch-surfing adventure while a wildfire refugee on Newsradio 850 KOA. UPDATE 1/9/09: Read Colorado Media Matters' coverage of the Newsradio KOA 850 interview with Michael Brown.

School safety proposal could run up against tight state budget

With an eye toward the Columbine and Virginia Tech shootings, a Grand Junction Republican plans to introduce legislation that would make Colorado the first state in the nation to require that every school — from preschools through universities — develop a plan and conduct training to prepare for disasters. "If you haven't thought about it, we want you to think about it," state Rep. Steve King told 9News, but the incoming speaker of the House, state Rep. Terrance Carroll, cautioned that a statewide lockdown procedure could be too expensive during a tight budget year.