Broncos Season Comes To An End In Double Overtime

Broncos fans were stunned following the Ravens victory over the best Broncos team in over a dozen years.  The Broncos, who apparently had the game won late in the 4th quarter, allowed the Ravens to score on a 70 yard touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation play to send the game into overtime.  An interception by the Ravens late in the first overtime put them into p0sition to win with a 47 yard field goal in the second overtime.  Yesterday’s game was broadcast live on 55 Country.


Colorado Experiencing Significant Flu Activity

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting significant influenza activity in the state, with a total of 244 people from 22 counties hospitalized with the flu.

Dr. Lisa Miller, state epidemiologist, said, “Vaccination is the safest and most effective tool we have to prevent influenza. Everyone older than 6 months should receive a flu vaccination annually.”

In addition to 244 hospitalizations (the state tracks the number of people hospitalized with influenza), two pediatric deaths associated with influenza also have been reported, one in Denver County and the other in Jefferson County. The two deaths occurred between mid-November and mid-December. Both children were under age 3, and one had underlying health conditions. In previous years, anywhere from 0-12 pediatric deaths have occurred.

The CDC reports, based on limited testing thus far, the 2012-2103 vaccine is well-matched to influenza strains circulating nationally this season.

“There is an abundant supply of flu vaccine available in the state,” said Dr. Miller. “You first should check to see if your doctor has vaccine available. This way, your doctor can document your vaccination. If your doctor is not offering vaccinations, they are readily available at a variety of grocery and drug stores.”

Antiviral treatment is recommended as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who is hospitalized; has severe, complicated or progressive illness; or is at higher risk for influenza complications.

Priority groups recommended for vaccination include the following:

  • children ages 6 months to 4 years
  • people with chronic health conditions (asthma, chronic pulmonary diseases, significant heart disease, sickle cell anemia, neurologic conditions that compromise respiratory function and people with a suppressed immune system)
  • women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
  • American Indians/Alaska Natives
  • people who are morbidly obese
  • residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities
  • health care professionals
  • household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 5 years or adults 50 years and older
  • To help protect yourself and others from flu, CDC recommends the following:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

Click here more information about influenza and to view the weekly Colorado flu surveillance report.


Ice Safety Tips

Ice now covers reservoirs, rivers and ponds, attracting visitors to ice fish, ice skate, ice sail and enjoy other winter activities outdoors. The winter landscapes beckon and there is plenty of room to roam. To safely enjoy winter outdoor recreation adventures on the ice, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers a few basic safety rules to follow.

Ice conditions vary, so always assume that ice conditions are unsafe and that ice thickness varies from place to place. Four inches of ice will provide a margin of safety and is generally considered safe for ice fishing and ice skating. Snowmobiles and ATVs need at least five inches of ice thickness. The best advice is stay off the ice when there is any question about thickness and conditions.

Be on the lookout for the signs of unsafe ice, including ice of different colors, water on top of the ice, cracks, pressure ridges, open water and bubbles in the ice. Also, beware of ice covered with snow. Sometimes the snow serves as insulation, keeping the ice from melting. Other times, the snow has the opposite effect, insulating the surface from freezing.

When venturing onto the ice, remember the following ice safety tips:
• Never go onto the ice alone. A buddy may be able to call for help if you fall in. Also, never attempt to walk out onto the ice to rescue a friend because you will risk falling through the ice as well.
• Avoid alcoholic beverages while on the ice. Alcohol increases your chances for hypothermia, which is the rapid loss of body temperature.
• Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) over winter clothing. Life jackets can provide excellent flotation and protection from hypothermia.
• Assemble a personal safety kit. Always wear a safety kit on your body when going out onto the ice.  Safety kits should include an ice pick (see video below), rope and a whistle to call for help.
• Always keep your pets on a leash. Never allow your dog to run out onto the ice and never walk your dog near a frozen lake or pond without a leash. If your dog falls through the ice, do not attempt a rescue. Go for help.
• Reach-Throw-Go. If you can’t reach the person from shore, throw them a flotation device or a rope. If you still can’t help the person quickly—go for help.

If you do fall through the ice, remember these tips:
• Do not panic. Try to remain calm to conserve as much energy as possible. Try to get your arms onto the ice and kick as hard as you can with your feet to help lift you onto the ice, and then roll to safety. If you can’t get out of the cold water by yourself, take appropriate actions to extend your survival time while waiting to be rescued.
• Do not swim. Swimming will cause your body to lose heat much faster than if you stay as still as possible.
• Act slowly and deliberately to conserve heat. Expect a progressive decrease in your strength and ability to move. Make the harder maneuvers at the beginning, while you can.
• Keep your upper body above water. Keep your head and upper body as far out of the water as reasonably possible to conserve body heat.

There is lots of outdoor fun to enjoy at Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s frozen reservoirs and waterways. Just take precautions and follow the safety tips. The special beauty of snow covered landscapes awaits you. Avoid the winter blues by packing up the family ice skates to take the kids for a spin or a twirl. Try ice fishing for a change of pace.


In high school sports over the weekend:
In basketball:
Steamboat’s boys and girls both lost to Palisade (boys 36-41; girls 35-47).
The Soroco boys topped Vail Mountain (80-35).
The Hayden boys beat West Grand (85-47), while the girls lost (46-31).
The Little Snake River Valley boys beat Big Piney (67-55)
The Steamboat boys and girls both lost to Delta.  girls 58-26 the boys 55-48
The Soroco boys and girls both defeated West Grand.  girls 47-27 the boys 68-65
The Meeker boys beat Paonia 62-49
The Hayden boys defeated Vail Mountain 68-29
Little Snake River Valley travels to H.E.M.
The Moffat County boys and girls both overpowered Aspen.  girls 62-19 the boys 45-35
The Little Snake River Valley boys and girls both routed H.E.M. girls 39-26 the boys 47-22

In hockey:
Steamboat beat Cherry Creek 4-2


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