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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.

Westminster pastor accused of sexually assaulting child

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A Westminster pastor was arrested this week, accused of sexually assaulting a child who belonged to his church.

Gerald Clark, leader of Jericho Ministries International, was being held on suspicion of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said.

Clark allegedly engaged in a pattern of unwanted sexual touching with a member of the church between 2009 and 2012, according to the arrest affidavit. The alleged victim was 13 years old in 2009.

At the time, the teen’s family was very close with Clark and his wife, according to the affidavit. After her family moved out of state in 2009, the girl spent summers and some holidays with the Clarks.

The girl, now 17, has since left the church.

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.

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.

Police: Lafayette murder victim was planning marijuana deal with suspect

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — A Lafayette man who was shot to death in January was killed after he had planned to meet one of the suspects for a marijuana deal, police said Monday.

Nathaniel Tallman‘s body was found in Wyoming Thursday. He had been missing since Jan. 23.

Lafayette police said they have made two arrests in the case: 58-year-old Russell Britton and 27-year-old Moises Cazares Mendez.

According to a police report, Tallman had planned to meet Britton on Jan. 21 “to conduct a marijuana transaction at approximately 7 p.m.”

Phone records from Tallman showed he contacted Britton on the way to the meeting.

Investigators talked to Britton who said that Tallman never showed up to the meeting, the arrest report said.