NEWS: Monday February 1, 2010

Feb 1st @ 7:09 am in News by Scott Staley

Officials say two Western State College of Colorado students died in a house fire in Gunnison. Investigators are trying to determine whether the fire that killed 18-year-old Lucille Grace Causley of Harbor Springs, Michigan, and 21-year-old Adam Michael Lockard of Bethesda, Maryland, was intentionally set. The Gunnison Country Times says an initial investigation into Saturday’s fire indicated the fire started outside of the building and spread inside.
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(Photo courtesy of Gunnison Country Times)
Source: Gunnison Country Times (Posted 6:08a)

Who knows what will become of the two young men who considered themselves friends…before a car accident this weekend. The Daily Sentinel says 16-year-old Shelby Bates is pretty distraught over the fact that his friend decided to snatch up keys to his restored truck and take it for a joy ride in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The joy ride ended up in a crash that has caused severe damage to the pickup truck.  The driver was taken to the hospital and Bates, who just got his license in November, says he doesn’t know why his friend would have taken his truck.
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(Photo courtesy of Daily Sentinel)
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 6:07a)

Montrose Memorial Hospital’s annual Health Fair is Saturday, March 13, from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Montrose Pavilion. Early Blood Draws, held in conjunction with the Health Fair, will be February 10-13 from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Montrose Pavilion Senior Center.   Early Blood Draws will also be available on February 8 at the American Legion Hall in Olathe, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and on February 6 in Ridgway, at Condor Hall from 7:00am – 11:00am.

The total chemistry profile offered at the Health Fair evaluates kidney function, electrolytes, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels and over 15 components in the blood.  The profile also includes iron, iron binding and TSH (Thyroid Screening).  The cost of this test is $40. The PSA blood test for prostate cancer will also be offered for men 40 and older, at a cost of $30 and the CBC (complete blood count) blood test, which is $20 and the Hemoglobin A1c, which is an additional screening for diabetes, will cost $35.00.  New this year we have a Vitamin D screening for $40.00.  Appointments must be made for the Early Blood Draws in Montrose by calling 252-2535 February 1 through February 4, between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00pm only. Appointments are not necessary for Ridgway and Olathe.

In addition to blood testing from 6:30a.m. to 11:00a.m., the Health Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 13 will offer a number of health screenings.  These include hearing, free shingles vaccinations, prescription drug drop off, glaucoma, vision, blood pressure, height and weight, flexibility and much more.  Lots of free information and educational materials will be available.   Healthcare professionals will be on hand to review blood test results and provide screenings.
Source: PSA   (Posted 6:04a)

Recent storms have boosted snowpack in southwest Colorado above average, but the statewide snowpack is still lagging. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says statewide snowpack was 87 percent of average as of Saturday. It was 108 percent of average in the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basin and 111 percent of average for the Upper Rio Grande basin in southwest Colorado. Snowpack is below average, though, in other areas of the state.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 6:04a)