Daily Archives: September 30, 2012



The Colorado State Patrol yesterday responded to a one vehicle rollover injury crash on Colorado Highway 64 just east of Rangely.  The accident involved a Mitsubishi sport utility vehicle, driven by a 15 year old male from Glenwood Springs.  A 22 year old male from Carbondale, was ejected from the front passenger seat and sustained serious injuries.   The driver and the passenger were initially transported to the hospital in Rangely. The passenger was then airlifted to a hospital in Grand Junction. The driver was stabilized and  transported by ground to the hospital Glenwood Springs.  The driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The passenger, the only other occupant of the vehicle, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the crash.

It’s Time to Get Your Annual Flu Vaccination

Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the immunization program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, is urging Coloradans to get their annual flu vaccination. To get immunized for flu, contact your health care provider or visit this link to find a vaccination clinic near you. Many grocery stores and pharmacies also offer these vaccinations, as well as some employers.

Dr. Herlihy said, “When getting your flu vaccine, it’s an excellent time to ask your health provider whether you also should be immunized for pertussis, also called whooping cough. Colorado has seen an epidemic number of whooping cough cases reported, 849 since January.

“We are encouraging adults to ask their doctor about a Tdap vaccination for themselves and to make sure their children are up to date with their vaccinations. It’s especially important for families with very young children, who are more vulnerable to whooping cough. Child care workers also should make sure they are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations,” she added

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone six months of age and older get the seasonal flu vaccination. The vaccine is available as a shot or a nasal spray. Flu can strike anytime but is most likely to infect people between October and May.

This year’s flu vaccination protects against three strains of influenza: the same strain of 2009 H1N1 that was in last year’s vaccine and two new strains: an H3N2 virus and a B virus. The vaccination is the best way to protect you and your loved ones from flu.

While flu often is treated successfully at home, it is a serious respiratory illness that can result in hospitalization and even death. It is difficult to predict how many persons may become ill from flu during the upcoming flu season, as the timing, severity, and length of the season depends on many factors. During the past three flu seasons in Colorado, flu contributed to an average of 1200 Colorado residents being hospitalized each season. No pediatric deaths due to flu were reported in Colorado residents during the 2011-2012 flu season, but three pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2010-2011 season and 12 pediatric flu deaths were reported during the 2009-2010 season. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; and people 65 years and older.

This year, a new state rule aimed at protecting patients from influenza requires licensed health care facilities to report vaccination rates of their employees. Health care workers can unintentionally pass the flu virus to their patients. The rule requires facilities to reach a threshold of 60 percent of employees vaccinated this year, 75 percent next year, and 90 percent thereafter.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife is advising hunters heading to Game Management Unit (GMU) 23 in the White River National Forest that the southeast portion of the unit will be temporarily closed by the U.S. Forest Service during the upcoming big-game seasons due to concerns about an active wildfire in the area.

Although recent rainfall has dampened the fire, USFS officials are concerned about the number of weakened trees and snags caused by the heat and flames, as well as concerns that the fire could re-ignite as temperatures rise and rainfall moves out of the area. The closure extends through Dec. 31, but could end sooner if conditions warrant.

USFS officials say the Middle Elk fire was caused by an unattended campfire. Since it was discovered, it has grown to 257 acres, burning in a mix of spruce and fir trees, open areas and high elevation aspen groves west of Forest Road 245, also known as the Buford – New Castle Road. The road is not currently included in the closure and remains open to hunters.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding hunters and other outdoor recreationists to observe closure notices and to follow campfire rules and regulations as they head to their camps.

“This past summer in Colorado, we saw first-hand how serious wildfires can be,” said Ron Velarde, Regional Manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “It is concerning that, even with the loss of life and damage to property that occurred from wildfires just a few months ago, we continue to see examples of irresponsible behavior by a few people, putting many at risk.”

In northwest Colorado this year, wildlife managers have discovered numerous unattended campfires. Officials with the Upper Colorado Inter-Agency Fire Management Unit say they have seen an increase in the number of unattended campfires over previous years. Officials with the USFS report discovering seven unattended campfires over one recent weekend in northwest Colorado.

“It is critical that campfires be attended, and safe,” said Bill de Vergie, Area Wildlife Manger for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Meeker. “During the seasons, our officers check for hunting violations, but we will also be looking for any unsafe situation, including unattended campfires.”

To make sure your campfire is completely out, please follow these recommended rules:

– Allow the wood to burn completely to ash, if possible
– Pour lots of water on the fire; drown ALL embers, not just the red ones
– Pour until hissing sound stops
– Stir the campfire ashes and embers with a shovel
– Scrape the sticks and logs to remove any embers
– Stir and make sure everything is wet and they are cold to the touch

If you do not have water, use dirt. Mix enough dirt or sand with the embers. Continue adding and stirring until all material is cool. Do not bury the fire as it will continue to smolder and could ignite roots, eventually rising to the surface and starting a wildfire.

Any person responsible for starting a wildfire could be assessed stiff fines and prison time, and may be financially liable for damage caused by a wildfire due to their careless or negligent behavior.

For information about hunting access in GMU 23, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Meeker office at 970-878-6090.



Eleven community health centers across the state have been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve the quality of care and ensure more women are screened for cervical cancer. The grants will help the centers become patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and increase their rates of cervical cancer screening.

Colorado will receive a total of $577,083 from HHS through the Quality Improvement in Health Centers program, which is awarding grants to 810 health centers nationwide as they work to make changes such as improved care coordination and management, that are necessary to become patient-centered medical homes.

The Colorado health centers receiving funds are listed below:

  • Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, Lafayette: $55,000
  • Plains Medical Center, Inc., Limon: $55,000
  • Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc., Fort Lupton: $55,000
  • Uncompahgre Combined Clinics, Norwood: $55,000
  • High Plains Community Health Center, Lamar: $55,000
  • Mountain Family Health Center, Nederland: $55,000
  • Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., Craig: $55,000
  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Alamosa: $55,000
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver: $55,000
  • Metro Community Provider Network, Englewood: $55,000
  • Pueblo Community Health Center, Pueblo: $27,083

In high school sports over the weekend:
In football:
Hayden beat Rangely 69-30.
Soroco lost to Vail Christian 26-6.
Moffat County fell to Eagle Valley 48-14.
Steamboat over Montezuma-Cortez 47-7
Little Snake River Valley defeated H.E.M. 54-0

In volleyball:
Hayden defeated Soroco (25-17, 33-31, 25-20).
Steamboat beat Eagle Valley (25-23, 25-20, 25-22).
Rangely lost to Paonia (11-25, 16-25, 21-25).
Hayden lost to Rangely 25-14, 25-8, 26-24.
Soroco slipped to West Grand 25-11, 25-17, 25-16.

The Denver Broncos host Oakland today.  You can catch all the action live on 55 Country with the pre-game at noon and the kick-off at 2.