Mobile Junction December 04, 2008

Big birds love their doughnuts

• Jane Rich is up to her elbows in raspberry-flavored jelly filled doughnuts.
The treats, which she mashes together with cheap white bread and grain, creates a pinkish-brown gruel that her two emus and one ostrich go crazy for.
Rich never thought she’d be one to care for exotic birds.
Her ex-husband had the birds. He left, the birds stayed. The large birds — ostriches weigh up to 350 pounds and emus 150 pounds — now seem to be a constant fixture off Power Road, drawing the curiosity of folks who drive by.
“Everybody stops and it’s like, ‘What are you looking at?’ ” joked Rich’s daughter, Crystal.

Woman finds help to pay for tests

• Darla Stimbert has been fretting since she found a lump in her right breast in mid-October.
The 47-year-old Fruita woman doesn’t have health insurance, so she planned to refinance her home to pay for what she expected to be hefty medical costs.
In part because of the sputtering economy, Stimbert was rejected by two mortgage companies.
Of course, her anxiety skyrocketed.
Upon learning of her mom’s situation, her daughter Melody burst into action. She telephoned around town seeking affordable medical care. After numerous calls, she hit the jackpot.
The Butterfly Program, offered through the Mesa County Health Department, provides free breast exams, pap smears, pelvic exams and mammograms for women aged 40 to 65 who qualify financially, though the guidelines are generous.
Stimbert will receive the results of her biopsy today.

Read the complete versions of these stories online at Mobile journalist Amy Hamilton is traveling around the Grand Valley looking for stories. If you have a suggestion, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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