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WELD COUNTY AND ANADARKO PARTNER TO BRING WATER TO WATTENBERG

The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg located in south western Weld County recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.

Upon hearing about the issue in Wattenberg, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer directed the Department of Public Health and Environment to have potable drinking water delivered to the residents, renting a potable water trailer capable of holding 6,000 gallons of water.

“As soon as we heard about the situation in Wattenberg, we took steps to get safe drinking water out to the residents,” said Commissioner Kirkmeyer. “This is no different than anything else Weld County would do for any of its residents in a time of crisis.

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High winds blow over model home in Golden

GOLDEN, Colo. — The Chinook winds began blowing in Saturday and only recently let up a bit. Some winds hit upwards of 90 mph over the weekend and Monday morning.

The winds literally huffed and puffed and blew a house down near Golden.

“I’ve lived in Golden since 1999, so I have seen windy days and how strong they can blow thru here,” said Andy Chrysler. “But this is crazy, never seen anything like it.”

Elsewhere, we received reports of trees blown down, but no major damage.

An Evergreen tree fell in Arvada on a pick-up truck.  In Denver’s Baker neighborhood, a large Cottonwood lost a few limbs, which crashed onto two homes below.

No injuries from the winds have been reported.

Congressman Polis Pledges Support for North I-25 Coalition

Congressman Polis Pledges Support for North I-25 Coalition

Congressman Jared Polis met with members of the Northern I-25 Coalition this morning at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and committed to assisting the Coalition in their efforts to get the Northern I-25 corridor included in the 2014 reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Bill. Polis joined Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Cory Gardner in making this project a priority.

“In terms of being ready to go, it’ll certainly be my top transportation priority in the district,” said Polis. “It’s ready to go, and I’m here to help.

Evans Thanks Weld County with Award For Assistance During Flood

Evans Thanks Weld County with Award For Assistance During Flood

City of Evans Mayor Lyle Achziger presented the Board of Weld County Commissioners with a plaque Wednesday morning during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, recognizing the help and services Weld County provided to Evans during the 2013 September flood. Achziger also presented the Board with a framed letter of gratitude for its recovery work in Evans following the flood.

“We are grateful that you, our county leadership, helped in ways above and beyond, which redefined above and beyond,” Achziger read from the letter while addressing the Board.

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Evans Thanks Weld County with Award For Assistance During Flood

Evans Thanks Weld County with Award For Assistance During Flood

City of Evans Mayor Lyle Achziger presented the Board of Weld County Commissioners with a plaque Wednesday morning during the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting, recognizing the help and services Weld County provided to Evans during the 2013 September flood. Achziger also presented the Board with a framed letter of gratitude for its recovery work in Evans following the flood.

“We are grateful that you, our county leadership, helped in ways above and beyond, which redefined above and beyond,” Achziger read from the letter while addressing the Board.

Officials have plan to keep kids healthier at child care centers

DENVER – More than 8 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 4 in Colorado are overweight. Health officials have a new plan to keep kids in child care centers healthier.

It begins with parents. Don’t be afraid to ask your child care provider about their nutrition and exercise program.

The Colorado Department of Public Health is providing these great toolkits to child care centers. They include recipes, menus and even games to teach kids about nutrition.

The idea is to get all child care centers on board to give our kids the right start. Health experts say kids need meals with low-fat milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and lean protein.

They also make sure to the sodium, sugar and saturated fat.

Arvada funeral home worker accused of pocketing payments

ARVADA, Colo. — The Arvada Police Department is investigating a former funeral home director for theft.

Darrin Pinkston, 40, worked at Malesich & Shirey funeral home from July of 2012 until September of 2013. During that time, he is alleged to have offered clients a cash payment discount, and then pocketed the money for himself, APD said.

There are as many as 60 potential clients who paid cash for funeral services. The clients received the services for which they paid, but the money was never properly transferred to the funeral home, APD reported.

The owners of Malesich & Shirey contacted the Arvada Police in September of 2013 with their concerns and an investigation was initiated.

Pinkston was arrested by Arvada Police on Sept. 30, 2013, and an investigation is ongoing.

One of the alleged victims was Sarah Ridgeway, mother of Jessica Ridgeway, police said.