NEWS: Tuesday January 4, 2011

Jan 4th @ 7:00 am in News by Scott Staley

Possible exposure at Olive Garden. If you ate at the Olive Garden in Grand Junction on December 28th between 6:30p and 10:00p, it’s possible you were exposed to measles. An un-vaccinated out-of-state person was dining at the restaurant that night and if you were too, and are not considered immune to the disease, you should be alert for symptoms such as a fever, a rash, watery eyes and more. The Mesa County Health Department is asking those who may have been exposed to call their doctor, health care provider, urgent care, or emergency room before visiting so others aren’t exposed.
Source: NBC 11 News & KJCT contributed to this story    (Posted 5:48a)

928th deploys. Nearly the entire community of Montrose piled into Friendship Hall yesterday, well at least that’s how it looked as a sea of red, white, and blue wished the 928th Area Support Medical Company of the Army National Guard a safe trip to, in, and from Afghanistan. Major General H. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General of the Colorado National Guard, Brigadier General Dana Copozzella, Assistant Adjutant General for the Army (and the first female commander of the Colorado Army National Guard, and the first female to attain this rank in the history of the Colorado Army and Air National Guard), Montrose County Comissioners, and Montrose Mayor Kathy Ellis all addressed the unit. Following the ceremony at Friendship Hall was a parade down Main Street and then a flyover by the local Victor Club as the unit stood to attention at the intersection of Main and Cascade. The 85 soldiers’ 1-year mission in Afghanistan will be to provide emergency medical treatment, sick call, and ambulance evacuation of troops.
(Posted 5:55a)

Ritter to announce immigration program. Governor Bill Ritter plans to announce that Colorado will participate in a federal program aimed at identifying illegal immigrants when they’re booked into jails. The Denver Post says that Ritter will announce this morning that Colorado would implement the federal Secure Communities program with some modifications. Secure Communities uses fingerprints to check a person’s immigration status during jail bookings. The program is in place in 35 states. Immigrant advocacy groups worry the program will lead to racial profiling.
Source: Denver Post (Posted 5:57a)

Minimum wage increase. Those making the minimum will see their hourly wages increase from $7.24 an hour to $7.36. It doesn’t seem like much but over the course of the year it adds up to nearly $230. NBC 11 News says the increase comes after a four cent drop in minimum wage last year because of the falling cost of living in the state. It was the first decrease in any state’s minimum wage since 1938.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:59a)