NEWS: Wednesday March 10, 2010

Mar 10th @ 6:52 am in News by Scott Staley

Dolores County’s unemployment rate is the worst for any county in the state since the recession began. This according to the figures that came out last month from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Seventeen percent of Dolores County residents were considered unemployed.  According to the Daily Planet this high rate of unemployment is based on many factors including a slump in construction, tourism being down and not much work the agricultural industry during the winter.  But one of the biggest factors is the mines shutting down.
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 5:52a)

A team of six hiked up 900 feet up Glenwood Canyon yesterday and removed loose rock. Today crews will hike up to the location once again and drilling and other equipment will be airlifted by helicopter to the site.  Due the challenging nature of the project, it is difficult to estimate when the mitigation work will be complete and when I-70 may reopen.  Should the rock be brought down successfully, causing minimum damage to the highway, crews could then begin repairs to the eastbound lanes in preparation of opening one lane in each direction using the eastbound lanes.
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:51a)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) remain leading causes of illness and death in the United States. Each year, approximately 16-22 million persons in the United States are tested for HIV. In Colorado there were a total of 6570 individuals with HIV infection. In Montrose County there were three new cases of HIV infection in 2009.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a condition in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections.  The four major routes of transmission are unsafe sex, contaminated needles, breast milk, and transmission from an infected mother to her baby at birth. Screening of blood products for HIV has largely eliminated transmission through blood transfusions or infected blood products in the developed world. Most people infected with HIV eventually develop AIDS. These individuals mostly die from opportunistic infections or malignancies associated with the progressive failure of the immune system. Everyone should know there HIV status. The earlier one knows if they are HIV positive, the earlier treatment can start.  Treatment with anti-retrovirals increases the life expectancy of people infected with HIV. Even after HIV has progressed to diagnosable AIDS, the average survival time with antiretroviral therapy was estimated to be more than 5 years as of 2005.

Montrose County Health & Human Services is the only county in our six county region providing rapid HIV screening free of charge for anyone wanting to know their HIV status.  This screening is strictly confidential and results are available immediately.  To take advantage of this free program, call 252-7052 for an appointment or information.  Individuals may also walk in without an appointment if this works better for them.
Source: PSA   (Posted 5:50a)

The liberal group ProgressNow wants Coloradans to boycott Amazon.com over the retailer’s decision to cut ties with online affiliates in the state. KJCT writes the boycott call came yesterday, a day after Amazon broke with Colorado bloggers and Web site operators who help it sell products.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:50a)