News, October 21st

GARCO COMMISSIONERS QUESTION FAIRNESS OF OBAMACARE

Glenwood Springs—The Garfield County Board of Commissioners say the Affordable Care Act discriminates against smaller, rural counties in determining rate structure. County Attorney Frank Huftless says the rate formula is flawed because it lumps in larger, more densely populated areas like Mesa County with neighboring rural counties like Garfield, Rio Blanco and Delta.  Commissioners say the best they can do to avoid confusion among constituents is to keep them informed during the next year.

GARCO FLU SEASON IS HERE

Glenwood Springs—The flu has arrived early in Garfield County.  According to the latest report from County Health Director Yvonne Long, at least two people have been hospitalized with influenza.  She says the flu is shaping up to be fairly normal in terms of severity and total numbers.  Long encourages people to get a vaccine as soon as possible with either a shot or a nasal mist.  Long says the county received over four thousand vaccinations from the Centers For Disease Control.

TEEN TRAFFIC DEATHS ON THE RISE IN COLORADO

DENVER (AP) – Teen vehicle fatalities were up 10 percent between 2011 and 2012 and state officials are trying to find out why. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said today rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds in Colorado dropped more than 67 percent between 2004 and 2011, but that has changed.

GUN CONTROL RECALL RULING FROM STATE’S HIGH COURT

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Supreme Court has reaffirmed its decision in two Colorado legislative recall elections that voters do not have to first vote “yes” or “no” on the recall to have their votes for a successor validated. The court said today a state constitutional requirement that voters must first vote on the recall before voting for a candidate violates rights to voting and expression under the U.S. Constitution.

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