SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – The San Miguel County Office of Emergency Management will present the county‘s planning process for updating its All Hazard Mitigation Plan during public meetings both in Telluride on Jan. 13 at the County Commissioner’s meeting room from 4:30-6 p.m. and in Norwood at the Lone Cone Building on Tuesday Jan. 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
County staff is also seeking public input on a draft of the plan.
Residents, elected officials, emergency responders and other interested stakeholders are encouraged to attend. The purpose of the meeting is to present and discuss the county’s approach to hazard mitigation planning. The San Miguel County All Hazard Planning Group has been working to steer the process and consists of representatives from county departments, incorporated municipalities, special districts and fire districts. The initial draft of the San Miguel County All Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies and profiles the natural and manmade hazards to which the county is vulnerable, assesses the vulnerability of the more significant hazards and includes goals and actions intended to mitigate the effects of these hazards.
The AHMP identifies hazards that could affect the county and their potential impacts and outlines what steps can be taken now to reduce future impacts. The plan will allow the county to be eligible for mitigation grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and potentially lower flood insurance rates for residents.
For more information contact John Cheroske of Telluride Fire Protection District at 728-3081 or Jennifer Dinsmore, San Miguel Emergency Management, at 728-9546.
Cardiovascular Screenings, Discounted Immunizations Coming to Ouray on Jan. 26
OURAY COUNTY – Free cardiovascular screenings and discounted adult immunizations sponsored by the Uncompahgre Medical Center and Ouray County Public Health will be held on Jan. 26 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ouray County Public Health Department at 302 Second Street in Ouray.
Screenings include cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. Those interested are encouraged to fast the previous night from midnight until the screening to ensure more accurate readings. Anyone unsure if they can fast safely should contact their healthcare provider before doing so.
For more information on the screenings, call 970/325-4670.
Disaster Alerts Go Mobile with WENS/Target Notification
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – The avalanche happens without warning, rumbling across roadways, ripping out power lines and telephone poles. You can barely make it out your front door, let alone down the driveway. And yet, as a San Miguel County resident, current information from two reliable local sources remains at your fingertips with the WENS, used to advise citizens and commuters of the status of an incident or situation.
“This platform enables local governments to communicate directly with citizens and key emergency personnel via text messaging or email,” said Jennifer Dinsmore of San Miguel Emergency Management. “Providing timely information to first responders and the general population is the first step in any emergency response, and this may be the most reliable form of communication for information during a major disaster.”
When seconds count the Target Notification System gets emergency broadcasts out simultaneously to both wired phones and registered cell phones in areas impacted by emergencies. While traditional landline phones are automatically entered into the system upon initialization, users of cellular and mobile Internet phones must opt to register for Target Notification Services to insure they get this critical information. Anyone interested can register on the county’s web page.
Target notification is geographically based notification for residents. Generally used communicate an “immediate action” that resident in a particular area must take to remain safe during an emergency incident. This service requires a valid San Miguel County home and/or work address. San Miguel County citizens are encouraged to sign up for Target Notification via the San Miguel County site at www.sanmiguelcounty.org.
San Miguel County citizens, workers and commuters are encouraged to sign up for WENS via the San Miguel County website at sanmiguelcounty.org. County residents can access Target Notification at the same website. Click on the ‘Normal text rates apply for both services.
MMH Health Fair Scheduled for March 5, Schedule an Early Blood Draw
MONTROSE AND OURAY COUNTIES – Montrose Memorial Hospital’s annual Health Fair will be held on Saturday, March 5, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Montrose Pavilion. Early blood draws, held in conjunction with the health fair, will be held on Feb. 2-5 from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Montrose Pavilion Senior Center.
Early Blood Draws will also be available on Jan. 31 at the American Legion Hall in Olathe, from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and on Jan. 29 in Ridgway, at the 4-H Events Center from 7-11 a.m.
The total chemistry profile offered at the Health Fair evaluates kidney function, electrolytes, triglycerides, HDL and LDL cholesterol levels and over 15 components in the blood. The profile also includes iron, iron binding and TSH (thyroid screening). The cost of this test is $40. The PSA blood test for prostate cancer will also be offered for men 40 and older, at a cost of $30 and the CBC (complete blood count) blood test, which is $20 and the Hemoglobin A1c, which is an additional screening for diabetes, will cost $35.00. Again this year we have the Vitamin D screening for $40. Appointments must be made for the early blood draws in Montrose. Appointments can be made at MontroseHospital.com on Jan. 16-26 or by calling 252-2535 on Jan. 18-20, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. only. Appointments are not necessary for Ridgway and Olathe.
Curecanti Medical Scholarships Awarded
MONTROSE – The Curecanti Medical Society proudly announces that four area students have been awarded scholarships in honor of the late Doctor George G. Balderston.
The CMS Scholarship program originated thirty years ago to assist students in pursuing a career in the medical field. The Montrose physicians of the CMS fund the scholarships, which are awarded annually by the Curecanti Medical Society and Balderston's widow, Jean. Each student received $1,000 to further their education.
Katie Abel is a 2009 graduate of Montrose High School. She is a Certified Nurse Assistant and enrolled in the Nursing Program at the University of Northern Colorado with an expected graduation date of spring, 2013.
Julie Ketcham is a Certified Nurse Assistant with an EMT-Basic and lives and works in Gunnison. She is currently enrolled in the Mesa State College Nursing Program with an expected graduation date of May, 2011.
Jacquelin Trujillo-Johnston is a 1999 graduate of Montrose High School and is currently enrolled in the Mesa State College Nursing program. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and has an expected graduation date of fall, 2012.
Kolten Tea is a 2005 graduate of Montrose High School and a graduate of Colorado State University. Kolten is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Franklin Pierce University, Goodyear Arizona Campus.
Ride Two-for-One on the Snowdown Balloon Rally Train
DURANGO – The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is again the proud sponsor of the Snowdown Balloon Rally Mass Ascension on Saturday, Feb. 5. As part of the celebration, the D&SNGRR is running the Snowdown Balloon Rally Train, offering passengers the chance to view the mass ascension overhead from the comfort of heated train coaches. The railroad is offering two-for-one tickets for this train (second ticket must be of equal or lesser value).
The train will stop in the Animas Valley for the colorful mass hot-air balloon ascension and will continue to Cascade Canyon for a short break by the Animas River before returning to Durango.
The train departs Durango at 8 a.m. and returns by approximately 1:30 p.m.
Light lunch items are available for purchase on the concession car. Standard-Class tickets are $69 per adult and $44 per child (ages 4-11). Deluxe-Class tickets are $89 for adults and $69 for children.
First-Class Parlor Car tickets are available for $109 (ages 21 and over). Call 970/247-2733 for tickets. All fares subject to a 4 percent Historic Preservation Fee.