NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR SATURDAY, JANUARY 5TH

ROHRICH RETIRES AS CEO OF TMH

The Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital, this afternoon, released the following statement to KRAI and 55 Country:  The Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital at Craig has announced the resignation of hospital CEO George Rohrich. He has served as CEO at The Memorial Hospital for nearly 7 years, and has been an involved member of the community. During his tenure, Rohrich was instrumental in building a new hospital and strong medical community to better meet the needs of the Craig community. Hospital board chair, Don Myers, expressed appreciation for Rohrich’s contributions to the organization: “In addition to overseeing the development of our new hospital facility, George opened a medical clinic with family medicine, OB/GYN, general surgery, internal medicine and pediatrics to our community, recruited 13 medical providers for those specialties, and expanded our facility to include chemotherapy and infusion services, cardiac rehab and consumer driven lab services. We appreciate his contributions to our hospital and community and both are much better off from his tenure here.”  An interim CEO will be on-site in the near future. QHR will conduct a national search for a permanent CEO for The Memorial Hospital at Craig. The hospital board will be closely involved to find the best candidate for this hospital and community. There is no current time frame for the search to be completed. Myers explained, “QHR’s management services provides immediate interim resources to minimize disruption within the hospital while allowing the board time to choose a CEO that can meet our needs, and fill the significant role Rohrich has played in the hospital and in the community.”   Pictured: George Rohrich

 

BLM ANNOUNCES NEW WILD HORSE AND BURRO POLICY

The Bureau of Land Management has announced a policy – in the form of what’s known as an interim Instruction Memorandum – regarding new conditions and restrictions on wild horse and burro sales.  The new policy was prompted by the BLM’s overall effort to improve its management and care of wild horses and burros that roam Western public rangelands.  The policy stipulates that:

 

  • No more than four wild horses and/or wild burros may be bought by an individual or group within a six-month period from the BLM without prior approval of the Bureau’s Assistant Director for Renewable Resources and Planning.
  • When buying wild horses and/or wild burros, purchasers must describe where they intend to keep the animals for the first six months following the sale.  Without prior approval from the Assistant Director, the BLM will not sell more than four animals destined for a single location in this six-month period.
  • Buyers must provide transportation for the purchased animal from the BLM’s short-term holding corrals or other locations to its new home.  Specifics regarding acceptable trailers can be obtained from the new interim policy, which is posted at: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/regulations/Instruction_Memos_and_Bulletins/national_instruction/2013/IM_2013-032.html
  • The BLM will inspect trailers and reserves the right to refuse loading if the trailer does not ensure the safety and humane transport of the animal.

The BLM encourages anyone who has observed inhumane treatment or the sale to a slaughterhouse of a federally protected wild horse or burro, or who has factual information about such an incident, to contact the Bureau at wildhorse@blm.gov or 866-4MUSTANGS (866-468-7826) with your name, contact information, and specific information about what you saw or know about.

 

JANUARY IS CERVICAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and women across Colorado are encouraged to start the year by talking with their healthcare providers about scheduling a pap test.  A pap test is the first line of defense against cervical cancer. When it’s found early,more than 92 percent of women survive cervical cancer.

Under health care reform, insurance plans are required to cover women’s preventive health services, like pap tests, without charging co-pays.  The Women’s Wellness Connection offers FREE cervical cancer screenings and any necessary follow-up treatments to Colorado women between the ages of 40-64 who have no or little health insurance and meet income requirements. To find out details, call the local hotline at970.356.5059or visit www.womenswellnessconnection.org

Every year in the U.S., approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die of the disease. Latinas and African-American women are at higher risk for developing cervical cancer because many are less likely to get early screening.

 

PARKS AND WILDLIFE SOLICITING ARTWORK FOR WATERFOWL STAMP

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is soliciting original artwork entries for the 2013 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. This year’s species of focus is the Greater Scaup (Aythya marila). The deadline for artists to submit entries is 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1.  The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program was implemented in 1990 and provides funding to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older are required by state law to purchase a waterfowl stamp validation annually before hunting. In addition to hunters, many collectors aid in wetland conservation by purchasing collector stamps and prints that are created from the winning entry. Artists must submit a 13-inch high by-18 inch wide, full color original artwork for the contest. There is a $50 fee for each entry. The winning entry will receive $3,500 with smaller cash prizes for second and third place as well. Complete requirements are explained in the application packet, which is available at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/.