NEWS: Monday February 22, 2010

Feb 22nd @ 8:17 am in News by Scott Staley

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Four area athletes are state wrestling champions after this past weekend’s matches in Denver. Paonia is home to two state champions, James Drinkhouse and Justin Smith. Kyle Piatt of Olathe, ranked number one is his weight class, is a state champion, and Jordan Passehl of Montrose, is also a state champion.  Each of these three schools came home in third place in team scoring. Congratulations to all who competed in the state wrestling championships!

Help is on the way in Mesa County as a reprioritizing of jobs will enable a backlog of forensic cases to be handled in a more timely matter. Currently, the CBI office in Grand Junction employs seventeen lab workers, five investigators, and one supervisor.  Four positions have been refilled which will take the fingerprint staff from one person, to four. The Daily Sentinel says when the new staff joins this summer; also joining them will be the new “DNA robot” which can test more than 60 DNA samples at once. Changes like this in the CBI office are huge, and they hope cases can be solved in a more timely manner.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 7:16a)

Candidate for Montrose City Council, Bill Patterson held a Meet & Greet yesterday afternoon where he announced he and candidate Thomas Smits are teaming up in support of one another. Smits is a graduate of Western State College in Gunnison and currently works for Wells Fargo. Smits is running for District I and Patterson, for the At-Large seat. Learn more about all the candidates at
(Posted 7:16a)

Keeping the doctor away isn’t always a great thing — just ask people in rural Colorado and some inner-city neighborhoods where there’s a growing shortage of medical professionals. While there are some recruitment, loan repayment, training, and other programs to address the problem, some in the field say public policy in the state is sometimes standing in the way. Lou Ann Wilroy is CEO of the Colorado Rural Health Center – one office collaborating with health professionals throughout the state to come up with solutions. She says beefing up loan repayment programs is a good place to start.  She says a shortage of more than 22-hundred primary care providers is expected by 2025 in Colorado. Some of the collaboratives other policy suggestions include better reimbursement for doctors, more funding for health profession education programs, and more clinical experiences for new doctors during their residencies.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 7:16a)