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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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Former teacher’s aide linked to 4 overdose deaths appears in court

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A Centennial mother and former Cherry Creek Schools teacher aide appeared in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing connected to the overdose death of a 21-year-old.

Almeda Sullivan, 51, was arrested in July 2013 on one count of first-degree murder with extreme difference in the 2011 overdose death of Carter Higdon, 21.

Authorities investigating the case have also linked Sullivan to three other overdose deaths since 2008: Sierra Cochran, 19; Lindsey Saidy, 28; and Martynas “Tez” Simanskas, 20.

Higdon and Cochran’s bodies were found at Sullivan’s Centennial home on E. Bentley Circle, police said.

Sullivan allegedly gave prescription pain medication to the young adults, many of who were habitual drug users.

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.

What’s new at Summer Camp

Nikki Widner from Colorado Parent Magazine tells us some of the new things we can find at summer camp.