TMH CEO RESIGNS
Chris Smolik, CEO at The Memorial Hospital, today, tendered his resignation to pursue other opportunities. He has served as CEO at The Memorial Hospital for the past 6 months. The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. to officially accept his resignation.
Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the Hospital’s management services firm, has named John Rossfeld as interim CEO starting January 27. Before then, hospital CFO Bryan Chalmers will serve in an interim capacity. Hospital Board Chairman Don Cook said, “QHR provides immediate interim CEO resources to minimize disruption and allow a smooth transition for the hospital following a personnel change. This gives the board time to carefully select a permanent CEO who can best meet the needs of the hospital and community.”
John Rossfeld most recently served as interim CEO for Newman Regional Health in Kansas. He has served in a variety of interim and full time CEO positions at hospitals across the country over the past 20 years. Rossfeld received his Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.
QHR has begun conducting a national search for a permanent CEO for The Memorial Hospital. The hospital board will be closely involved to find a candidate who is the best fit for this hospital and community. There is no current time frame for the search to be completed. Pictured: Chris Smolik.
ONE HURT IN RANGELY HOUSE FIRE
One person was hurt in a house fire early yesterday morning in Rangely. According to the Rangely Fire Department, they received a 9-1-1 call a little before 3:30 yesterday morning, reporting a house on fire on Highway 139. When emergency personnel responded, the house, owned by Billy and Teri Williams, had heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof. A female at the residence was transported to Rangely District Hospital with minor injuries. It took firefighters over 6 hours to put the fire out. The blaze is under investigation by the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office and the Rangely Fire Department.
STEAMBOAT TO HONOR PAST AND CURRENT OLYMPIANS
Steamboat will celebrate its skiing heritage by honoring athletes headed to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and past Steamboat Olympians during the 2014 Olympian Celebration and Send-Off on January 25th. The Olympian Celebration and Send-Off festivities start at 4 in Gondola Square at the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort honoring the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC). This year marks the centennial anniversary for the Club and the Olympian Celebration will honor this milestone by incorporating a SSWSC athlete exhibition, large birthday cake and other activities. The Steamboat Springs High School Skiing Band will provide music for the on-snow flag presentation before past and present Steamboat Olympians take the stage. In addition, several dignitaries along with a big screen mobile television, music and videos will highlight the celebration. The finale of the event includes fireworks and the lighting of the 15-foot tall Community Cauldron, which will burn throughout the 2014 Winter Games.
DINOSAUR FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO CHEMICAL SMELL
Firefighters in Dinosaur responded to a strange smell yesterday, that turned out to be chemicals from a clog remover. Yesterday’s incident started with a clogged sewer line at the Loaf & Jug in Dinosaur, which was treated with a clog busting chemical. The clog was cleared, but the chemical’s odor reached the post office and residential areas, prompting people to call the Artesia Fire Department. Residents were concerned it was a propane leak.
FIRE CREWS TO BURN SLASH PILES IN GRAND AND JACKSON COUNTIES
Smoke may be visible near the towns of Granby and Rand this winter as crews from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit burn slash piles generated from Bureau of Land Management forest management and fuel reduction projects. In Grand County, crews will be burning 15 piles about three miles east of Granby at Walden Hollow, and 20 piles about three miles southwest of Granby-in the Reed Creek area. In Jackson County, crews will be burning three piles about five miles west of Rand. Burning could begin as early as tomorrow and continue through February 20th. Crews will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread. Slash piles are typically burned in the winter when the chance of the fires spreading is low.
STATE ACCEPTING GRANT APPLICATIONS FOR WILDFIRE PREVENTION
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a second round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $5.2 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, areas often called the wildland-urban interface. The program, created under Senate Bill 13-269 and passed last year by the Colorado General Assembly, is focused on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure, and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds will be directed to non-federal lands within Colorado. The first round of grants, totaling just over $4 million, was awarded to 25 recipients in 16 counties in August. Eligible applicants include community groups, local governments, utilities, state agencies and non-profit groups. You can learn more about the grant program by clicking here.
DENVER COUNCIL CALLS FOR BANKING OPTIONS FOR POT DEALERS
The Denver City Council wants marijuana businesses in Colorado to be granted access to federal banking institutions now that the drug is legal for commerce. The council voted unanimously on the proclamation last night, five days after marijuana became legal for recreational use in the state. Although Colorado has allowed legal marijuana use for adults, the drug remains illegal under federal law, meaning banks are reluctant to offer services. For the most part, pot shops in Colorado deal in cash only, which council members say raises multiple safety and legal concerns. Councilman Charlie Brown called the lack of bank options for the industry “absurd” and “ridiculous,” saying no business can sufficiently operate on a cash-only basis.
OLD STATE PATROL NUMBER LEADS TO ADULT TALK LINE
Parents looking for guidance on car-seat safety may get more than they bargained for when they call the Colorado State Patrol information line, which now apparently belongs to a phone sex company. When parents call 1-877-LUV-TOTS, which is listed on numerous State Patrol publications and has been used by the department for years, they reach a recording advertising “America’s hottest talk line.” Patrol spokesman Nate Reid said Monday the department is fixing the problem. The number has since been taken off of the State Patrol website. Reid said he didn’t know if the phone sex company recently purchased the number.
IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Steamboat fell to Monarch (6-0).
Hayden goes to Steamboat to play their J-V teams. The girls start at 4:30 and the boys at 5:30.