Week In Review
August 6, 2014
Hantavirus death in county
Health officials and laboratory results have confirmed that an Eagle County resident has died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) following exposure to hantavirus. The victim was an adult male. The last hantavirus case in Eagle County was in 2005.
Hantavirus is carried by deer mice that are common to rural areas throughout Colorado. Infection can occur if mouse urine and droppings that contain hantavirus are stirred up into the air and inhaled; or if people touch urine, droppings or nesting materials that contain the virus then touch their eyes, nose or mouth; or through a bite. The virus does not spread from person to person.
Deer mice are brown on top and white underneath and have large ears. Common house mice are all gray, have smaller ears and don't carry hantavirus.
Hantavirus causes death in approximately 40 percent of cases. Symptoms begin from one to six weeks after exposure and include high fever, severe body aches, headache and vomiting. Initially, there are no respiratory symptoms. Because no effective treatment exists for hantavirus, prevention is the key to avoiding infection.
The Vail Valley's second retail marijuana shop opened Monday — Native Roots in Eagle-Vail— in the back part of the building that once housed the Route 6 Cafe.
Eagle's Sweet Leaf Pioneer has been open since spring, and another shop is planned. While every other town in the valley has either banned or delayed licensing for new retail shops, a number of shops are planned for Edwards and Eagle-Vail, both in unincorporated Eagle County.
Gallegos Corporation honors
The Gallegos Corporation awarded Joe Kleber their annual G3 Gold Award.
The Corporation was founded by Gerald G. Gallegos in 1970 in the Vail Valley. In the tradition of carrying on the legacy of its founder, the company created an award to celebrate an employee who embodies his spirit and commitment.
Kleber was recognized for his exceptional job performance and distinguished contributions. He's been with the company since April, 1993.
National Night Out
On Tuesday, law enforcement agencies across the valley took part in the 31st annual National Night Out.
National Night Out is a night for law enforcement and citizens to stand together and promote awareness, safety and strengthen community partnerships. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation.
Getting fit for Aspen jobs
Some Aspen Skiing Co. workers have been hitting the weights and sharpening agility skills this summer to make sure they can pass a new, annual fitness test prior to ski season.
About 1,500 ski instructors, lift operators and ski patrollers will be required to take the test, according to Jim Laing, Skico vice president of human resources and retail operations. It's part of a broader wellness initiative Skico has implemented to encourage health and fitness and to reduce workplace injuries.
Laing noted that one of Skico's guiding principles is to nurture "Mind, Body, Spirit." Last season, only newly hired employees in the three major departments had to take the fitness test. It was expanded this year. The test will be administered starting Oct. 1.
Grand Avenue Bridge
The Grand Avenue bridge project in Glenwood Springs has earned the support of elected officials from five area counties as the top priority in the intermountain planning region for additional state funding. If approved through the formal Statewide Transportation Improvements Program process, the $3.3 million in requested funds would help make up what's now projected to be a $9.9 million shortfall to carry the bridge replacement and related improvements through to completion, said Joe Elsen, program manager for CDOT and a member of the Grand Avenue bridge planning team.