News, November 14th

SOUTH BRIDGE E.A. UNVEILED

Glenwood Springs—Glenwood Springs residents got a better idea of what the South Bridge will look like if and when it’s built.  Officials with C-DOT, Jacobs Engineering and the city talked about the project that would provide an access alternative to Midland Avenue and the 27th Street bridge.  Officials say the biggest obstacle to getting the project off the ground is funding.  The public comment period on the environmental assessment is next Thursday, November 21st.

GLENWOOD, GARCO LEADERS TO HOLD TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT

Glenwood Springs—What concerns you the most when it comes to the county or the city of Glenwood Springs?  Tonight is your chance to get some of those questions answered by local elected leaders.  The City of Glenwood Springs and the Garfield County Board of Commissioners will be holding a town hall style meeting from 7 until 8 at the city hall council chambers.  Prior to the meeting, county and city officials will hold a one hour work session dealing with a variety of common issues including the South Bridge, the 8th Street connection, the South Canyon Trail and infrastructure improvements.

WHOOPING COUGH ON THE RISE IN COLORADO

Undated—Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough is on the rise in Colorado.  State health officials are concerned.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says 100 cases of whooping cough were confirmed in the last two weeks of October.  Health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are current.  Last summer, Garfield County saw a spike in whooping cough cases with nearly two dozen reported in July.  Statewide, 2012 was the worst on record with nearly 15-hundred cases.  Whooping cough starts out like a cold but after a week or two turns into a severe cough and can last for more than two months.  Whooping cough is very contagious.

STATE HEALTH EXCHANGE

DENVER (AP) – New data from the federal government show that more than 3,700 people have gotten private insurance through Colorado’s health insurance exchange.
A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that Colorado has received more than 20,000 applications for insurance, covering more than 45,000 people. That’s through Nov. 2. The highly-anticipated enrollment figures Wednesday also included the healthcare.gov website that has been plagued with problems and glitches since open enrollment began Oct. 1. States with their own exchanges, such as Colorado, have generally had better results than states using the federally run exchange.
Colorado’s exchange is called Connect for Health. It has a goal of 136,000 purchasers by the end of March.