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Two women who were both suffering from encephalitis are the latest Colorado residents to die from West Nile Virus. The deaths bring the state's death total to 26. One of the women, from Larimer County, was 77 years old and died on September 2nd. The other woman, from Denver County, was 80 and died on Monday. They are the fifth West Nile Deaths from both Larimer County and Denver respectively. The now 26 deaths are among the now 1,425 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Colorado this year as of yesterday. 77 new cases were added to the list yesterday.
The Las Animas County Commissioners have decided to wait another 30 days before making a decision on Denver-based Petrogulf Corporation's application to build a 3-engine compressor station in the Wet Canyon Area, which is about 20 miles Northwest of Trinidad. About 20 Wet Canyon area residents and supporters attended a public hearing on the matter last month. Many expressed concerns about the application due to noise and environmental issues that would affect the area where they lived. Commissioners are still not satisfied that Petrogulf has found the best location for the compressor station and would like to see a noise study done for the specific location instead of in general.
The Rio Grande County Commissioners have denied a request by Xcel Energy to build a compressor station in Del Norte. Commissioners received more than 300 letters in opposition to the permit, and members of the new Rio Grande hospital board were also concerned due to the proximity of the proposed compressor station to the new hospital. Commissioners denied the application because the location of the station would be detrimental to the nearby hospital staff and patients due to the potential long-term hazards of the station and noise, and because the location of the station would not be compatible with either the new hospital or with present and new residences under construction.
A public information meeting to update the community on Mount San Rafael Hospital's current financial crisis and reorganization plan will be held on Monday from 6 to 8pm in the hospital cafeteria in Trinidad. Administrators at the hospital will give attendees the latest information and address financial and staffing issues that have been raised in the past few weeks. A question and answer session will also take place. Concern over whether or not the hospital is simply on its way to closing down is at the forefront of many people's minds in the community.
Christopher Michael Chacon, 31, of Alamosa, was sentenced on Monday to three years in community corrections for shooting his wife last year. Chacon plead guilty to first-degree assault on his wife, Charlene, in July. The incident took place on February 15th of 2002. He had originally been charged with intentionally shooting his wife, however, the incident is now being considered accidental. Chacon may have to go to prison if San Luis Valley Community Corrections does not accept him for placement.
The Creede Repertory Theater will present Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" at 7:30pm tomorrow at the Jones Theater at Second and Main Streets in Westcliffe. The 18th-Century Comedy has been adapted for the stage. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Call the theater for more information.