News, January 2nd


Denver—This is the worst flu season in Colorado in four years according to state health officials.  State epidemiologist Lisa Miller says nearly 450 people have been hospitalized with the flu this season, far surpassing last year’s numbers.  Miller says young adults are being hit the hardest.  She says flu season hasn’t peaked yet and there is an ample supply of vaccine.


Undated—A new layer of snow has created unstable conditions in certain parts of the Colorado high country.  According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the greatest risk of slides is near or above tree line and includes the Flattops Wilderness as well as Summit County, Steamboat Springs, Vail and the front range.


Glenwood Springs—Before he heads back to the state capitol to begin the new legislative session, State Representative Bob Rankin wants to hear from constituents in Garfield County.  The district 57 Republican will make his way across the county this Saturday beginning with a 9am town hall meeting at the Battlement Mesa Recreation Center.  From there he’ll head to Shooter’s Grill on 3rd Street in Rifle for an 11 o’clock meeting.  At 1 o’clock, Rankin will meet with folks at the Glenwood Springs Library on 9th Street.  He’ll wrap up the town hall tour at the Carbondale Library at 3.  Rankin serves on four key house committees including Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, Joint Technology and Local Government.  Rankin says some of the key issues facing rural Colorado this year include federal land decisions, broadband, tourism, economic development and health care.  The 120 day legislative session begins next Wednesday.