Health Network takes second place

Grand Junction's Quality Health Network received second place in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge for its Community Resource Network.

QHN was one of three finalists to conduct a live pitch to judges earlier this week at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California. It will bring home $25,000 to go toward the continued development of the Community Resource Network.

The network aims to connect area health care providers, social workers and mental health professionals to coordinate the best care for an individual. QHN partnered with Stella Technology to create the network and plans to roll it out in Grand Junction early next year.

"This award recognizes a lot of hard work from across western Colorado to tackle the very difficult problem of how to better help care for the whole person," QHN Executive Director and CEO Dick Thompson said in a press release. "(Community Resource Network) is at the forefront of a really exciting breakthrough that will transform how people get the care they need, whether medical, behavioral or social."

Sleeping man attacked by K-9 sues

LAKEWOOD— A Colorado man says officers in suburban Denver allowed a police dog to attack him while he slept, nearly killing him and permanently damaging his vocal chords.

The Denver Post reported Monday that 25-year-old Spencer Erickson sued Lakewood police, saying officers improperly released the dog to search an apartment for him in September 2018 when they were investigating a non-violent property crime.

The lawsuit says the dog bit Erickson's neck, leaving wounds nearly 2 inches deep that came very close to his jugular vein.

Utah pays former AG $1.5 million

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Legislature has formally approved a settlement with former state Attorney General John Swallow after he was acquitted of bribery.

The $1.5 million settlement was agreed upon in a special session Monday to reimburse the former attorney general for his legal fees.

Officials say lawmakers were told Swallow could seek more than $2 million if the settlement wasn't approved.

Officials say he cited The Reimbursement Act, a state law designed to exonerate wrongly charged public officials and reimburse legal charges.

Colorado woman dies in N.M. crash

SPRINGER, N.M. — New Mexico State Police say a Colorado woman is dead after a rollover crash south of Springer.

They say a car driven by 80-year-old Dorothy Anna Leasher of Golden exited Interstate 25 at a high rate of speed Monday afternoon and allegedly ran a stop sign and stuck another vehicle.

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