Eagle student honored
Kevin Garcia of Eagle student was awarded Vail Mountain School’s new Taft Conlin Scholarship. Garcia will enter Vail Mountain School as a sophomore next fall.
The endowed scholarship will cover his tuition until he graduates. The Taft Conlin Scholarship will be awarded annually to a high achieving student based on academic merit and positive impact in their community.
The Eagle Valley High School track team continued its winning streak qualifying several athletes for the state meet and shattering a few school records on the way.
norovirus at FBLA conference
Laboratory test results from patients who fell ill last week while attending a conference in Vail indicate norovirus was the cause.
Seven people were treated and released from the Vail Valley Medical Center in the early morning of April 29 with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Additional participants reported similar symptoms after returning home.
Approximately 2,000 students were in the area for the annual Colorado Future Business Leaders of America conference. While the original source may never be determined, state and local health officials say it is likely a previously infected person traveled to the conference, spreading the highly contagious virus among other attendees.
Sinkhole on Highway 24
A sinkhole measuring 9 feet wide collapsed late last week under Highway 24, a half mile south of the Battle Mountain summit.
Colorado Department of Transportation crews went to work on it Friday. CDOT’s Jonathan Johnson said crews planned to shore up the area by filling in and compacting material under the roadbed where it washed away underneath the asphalt. Crews alternated traffic through one lane as they worked to repair the road.
The actual hole in the pavement was 3 feet in diameter and fell exactly on the double yellow line going down the middle of the road. The roadbed underneath washed away for about 9 feet. The hole stretched halfway into the lane nearest the cliff and all the way under the lane to the shoulder against the mountainside.
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation (formerly Bessie Minor Charitable Fund), formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, announced it would fund local grants to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills as well as programs focusing on the arts, languages and sciences.
Since 2008, more than $234,000 has been awarded to nonprofit organizations in the communities where Swift Communications conducts business.
Birth Defects investiation
A Colorado state health investigation into an unusual increase in fetal birth defects detected by ultrasounds at two Glenwood Springs prenatal clinics during early pregnancy late last year has found no common underlying cause.
“Our investigation looked at each reported case and concluded they are not linked to any common risk factors,” Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said last week.
Garfield County area police departments hosted a torch relay for the Special Olympics last Saturday.
It is the 30th year that law enforcement agencies have put together relays in conjunction with the event. The local run is intended to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics and foster community throughout Garfield County.