Local Briefs, Oct. 6, 2009

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Western Slope residents win Vegas trip

Collbran’s Melody Gulman and Clifton’s Elaine Baker were two of four Coloradans to win trips to Las Vegas as part of the Colorado Lottery.

Each won a trip for two to Las Vegas Nov. 12–15 to participate in The Price Is Right Experience version of the TV show at Bally’s Casino. In addition to the chance to win additional prizes and money, Gulman and Baker also won $5,000 a piece.

Got pitch? Join the Celtic Singers

The Celtic Singers are seeking members with reasonable pitch and the ability to read music to sing Irish, Scottish, Cornish, Welsh, Isle of Man and Brittany songs in English.

There are no dues, committees or a strong commitment. Rehearsals occur on the same day before a performance, often on a Saturday. Members will be contacted concerning a given performance, which occurs once a month. If you are unable to come, you will be contacted for the next time.

The nonprofit does not charge for performances and schedules performances at retirement centers, private clubs and churches.

Call Joe Graham at 256-0858 for information.

Authorities seize weapons at Capitol

DENVER — State police have seized more than 500 weapons from people entering the state Capitol over the past year and a half, according to a report by the Colorado State Patrol.

The report says officers seized 495 knives, 22 box cutters, five handguns, a stun gun, a sword and brass knuckles, among other items, between January 2008 and September. State Patrol Col. James Wolfinbarger said Monday no lawmakers were targeted and only one person was charged — for carrying illegal brass knuckles.

The Legislature asked for the report during a recent hearing on safety issues. Lawmakers grappling with a $240 million budget deficit are debating whether to save $850,000 a year by eliminating Capitol security guards and metal detectors at two main entrances.

25-year-old man dies of swine flu

COMMERCE CITY — The Adams County coroner says swine flu caused the death of a 25-year-old Commerce City man who had sought medical treatment for an upper respiratory illness.

Coroner James Hibbard said Monday that the man died Sept. 29. His name wasn’t released. Hibbard says the man had complained to his doctor about a sinus problem but wasn’t showing any flu-like symptoms such as a high fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea. Hibbard says the man was obese, but it’s unclear if that played any role in his death. The man was not known to have other pre-existing conditions.

As of Sept. 26, at least six deaths associated with flu had been reported to state health officials. The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is expected to arrive in Colorado beginning this week.

Top officials stress police cooperation

DENVER — The nation’s top law enforcement officials addressed thousands of chiefs of police who gathered Monday for a conference in Denver. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Director of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stressed the importance of cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies to stop terrorism. They say the arrest of an imam and Najibullah Zazi and his father illustrate the point.


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