Parade of Lights
Unseasonably warm weather last night brought out a huge crowd to watch the annual Parade of Lights in Craig. The parade again featured Christmas themed floats and spectacular lighting. Pictures from the parade can be seen the in photo gallery below.
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Man dies in I-70 roll-over in Garfield County
A man died early Sunday morning when the vehicle he was driving rolled of Interstate 70 near De Beque. A 29-year-old Grand Junction man was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on I-70 near milepost 67 when he lost control and drove off the left side of the road. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on its top in the center median. The driver – whose name is being held pending notification of the family – was pronounced dead on scene. Alcohol is being considered as a potential contributing factor to the crash. It appears that the driver was wearing his seat belt, and he was the only occupant. The weather was clear and the roads were dry at the time of the crash.
Free Pre-Christmas Dinner Planned in Browns Park
Powerball Hits a Record High
No one won the Saturday Powerball drawing, so the jackpot will grow to a record $425 million on Wednesday. The winning numbers last night were 22 – 32 – 37 – 44 – 50 and the Powerball was 34. In Colorado, one person matched four numbers, the Powerball and the power play for a price of $40,000. Another ticket buyer matched four numbers and the Powerball for a jackpot of $10,000.
Cases of Pertussis in Colorado Top 1,000
With 1,026 cases and counting, Colorado’s pertussis epidemic has topped the 1,000 case mark, state health officials confirmed today. Pertussis is commonly referred to as whooping cough. “Whooping cough cases continue to mount in Colorado, and every new case is a reminder that we need to ensure everyone is up-to-date on their whooping cough immunizations,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, director of the Immunization Section at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “It’s especially important for those who have contact with young children, who are more vulnerable to whooping cough. Childcare workers, healthcare workers, parents, grandparents and siblings of young children should all make sure they are up to date on their whooping cough vaccinations.” All adults are recommended to receive the whooping cough booster vaccine, Tdap, but few have received it, or even know they should. Denver (165), Jefferson (154), Adams (151), Arapahoe (128) and Boulder (121) counties had the most whooping cough cases, at last count. While the increase in pertussis cases is most prevalent on Colorado’s Front Range, increases have been seen statewide. The case counts are from Jan. 1 through Oct. 6, 2012. This is the worst year in Colorado for whooping cough since 2005 when the state had 1,383 cases. Over the past five years Colorado has averaged 324 cases per year. Whooping cough cases tend to peak every three to five years. “Pertussis is a very serious disease that can be deadly when it infects infants, so we are grateful that so far we have not had any whooping cough deaths this year,” Herlihy said. Individuals with pertussis should avoid contact with others until they have taken five full days of an appropriate antibiotic. This recommendation is especially important for children who are in school and could infect their classmates if they return too soon. In addition, people in close contacts of a case of pertussis should receive a course of antibiotics to prevent becoming sick themselves, or infecting others. Visit this link for more information on whooping cough.