Chlorine spills in Rio Blanco County
Craig Fire/Rescue responded to a hazardous materials spill Wednesday after a Halliburton truck rolled over and caused a release of chlorine gas.
The accident occurred about 8 a.m. on state Highway 64 between Meeker and Rangely.
The Halliburton truck carried a combination of sodium hypochlorite and company-manufactured chemicals. When the chemicals mixed together after the materials spill, they released chlorine gas along the highway, Craig Fire Chief Bill Johnston said.
Some motorists near the scene reported they inhaled the gas and suffered some respiratory failure.
They and the truck driver were taken to Rangely District Hospital for care.
The chemicals soaked into the earth around the spill and will have to be dug out and disposed, Johnston said. Halliburton reportedly had a cleanup crew on the way to the spill Wednesday morning.
Colorado State Patrol headed the investigation. Craig Fire/Resuce, Rangely Fire District, Rangely EMS and the Colorado Department of Transportation assisted on the scene.
Open Range shows cowboy shooting
The Northwest Colorado Rangers will hold an Open Range Open House from 5 p.m. until it gets dark Tuesday at Bears Ears Shooting Range.
Come on out and see what cowboy action shooting is all about. The Rangers will have a multitude of "cowboy" firearms for attendees to try out, as well as safety glasses and hearing protection. There will be a shooting stage for people to try out, too. For more information, call 272-3238.
VA Medical Center ER open Columbus Day
The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Emergency Room will be open Monday on Columbus Day for registered patients.
All other clinics will be closed. Patients who are driven to the VA Medical Center's ER by a friend or family member to should use the building's front entrance.
During the Holiday weekend, Veterans Affairs patients who need non-emergency medical advice can call the medical center's front desk at 970-242-0731. The operator will direct the call as needed.
This line is for non-emergency use only, for medical emergencies. For any threat to life, limb or eyesight, dial 911.
Holiday visiting hours at the VA medical center are:
ICU 5th Floor: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inpatient 5th Floor: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Inpatient 3rd Floor: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Community Living Center (formerly TCU): Case by case basis, as appropriate.
DAR membership workshop successful
Prospective members of the new Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter forming in Craig got a lot of information and encouragement Oct. 4 at a membership workshop.
Seven Colorado State officers traveled to Craig to help search family lineage and fill out membership applications. The first application for the new group was completed and signed at the workshop with several more in progress.
The officers said they were impressed with the Craig group and enjoyed their lunch at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, where the workshop was held. They also presented the history of the DAR to the group attending.
For more information about the new chapter, call Shannan Koucherik, organizing regent, at 824-9518.
MCHS hosting Fall Vocal Clinic Concert
Moffat County High School will host its Fall Vocal Clinic and Concert on Tuesday. The clinic will feature Dr. William Skoog, clinician and conductor at Bowling Green State University.
The concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the MCHS Auditorium. The public is invited to hear the music of the MCHS and other regional high school choirs.
For more information, call Daniel Mullens, director of choral activities at MCHS and CMS, at 826-6604 or e-mail Daniel.Mullens@moffatsd.org.
Downtown Books hosts author Saturday
Sandi Ault, author of "Wild Inferno," a blazingly exciting mystery about a BLM firefighter, will appear from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., in Craig. Ault will read from and talk about her books, the writing life and living in Colorado.
For more information, call 824-5343.