Garfield County offering free whooping cough vaccinations
Garfield County had 10 confirmed cases of whooping cough as of Thursday. With a statewide epidemic over the winter, and the highly contagious disease now spreading locally, the Garfield County Public Health Department is offering all Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccinations free of charge until further notice to anyone 10 years old and older in the community. All adults who have only had Td (tetanus diphtheria) vaccinations, regardless of how recent, should receive a Tdap for pertussis protection, according to the health department.
The two newest cases are in Glenwood Springs. The Re-1 School District has notified parents of the situation and of Garfield County Public Health recommendations.
“This disease presents grave risks to those with weaker immune systems, including children,” said Yvonne Long, Garfield County public health director. “Parents of children younger than 10 years old, who are not fully immunized, are urged to call Garfield County Public Health for an appointment.”
The free vaccinations are being administered at public health offices in both Glenwood Springs and Rifle. Appointments are required, and residents may call 945-6614 or 625-5200 to set up appointments. The Glenwood Springs Public Health location at 2014 Blake Ave. in Glenwood Springs also will have walk-in vaccination clinics, April 29-30, from 3-6 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Parents need to bring their child’s immunization record. Rifle’s public health office is located in the Garfield County Health and Human Services Building at 195 West 14th St., and offers vaccinations during business hours. Both clinics are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Confirmed cases in Garfield County have been trickling in by pairs since early April. Most have affected children from the Carbondale area, but adults and three Glenwood Springs cases have now been confirmed. Vaccinations of the general community, isolation and treatment of the confirmed cases, and preventative antibiotics for close contacts are the actions public health officials and physicians are taking to slow the spread of the disease.
More information is available online at www.garfield-county.com .
KDNK wins Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Best News Series’
The Radio Television Digital News Association has announced that KDNK Community Radio is the winner of the “Best News Series” in the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.
The Carbondale-based radio station won the award in the small market radio category for region 3, which is comprised of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
The series, titled “What Happened to Morgan Ingram?” was produced by Ed Williams and Eric Skalac, KDNK’s full-time reporters.
“I am proud of our news efforts,” said KDNK General Manager Steve Skinner. “It’s wonderful to be recognized for the work in the news department. This is a big part of what we do.”
The awards recognize work of the highest quality produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.
“For more than 40 years, the Edward R. Murrow Award has honored the best of electronic journalism,” said Mike Cavender, executive director of the association. “This year’s winners represent the outstanding work being done in local newsrooms, which we are proud to recognize.”
KDNK’s local and regional news stories are archived at KDNK.org.
Strawberry Days Festival introduces first-ever online Battle of the Bands contest
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking five bands to perform on the main stage at Strawberry Days on June 21-23. The public is invited to select their favorites through the online Battle of the Bands competition, sponsored by Radio CMC.
Bands interested in participating should submit a link to their two- to three-minute audition video to firstname.lastname@example.org  by April 30. A committee will select the top seven videos that will be placed on Facebook for a public vote between May 3 and May 15. The top five will win a cash prize and a place on the main stage.
Fryingpan River cleanup today
Volunteers are sought for the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s 15th annual Fryingpan River Cleanup at Lions Park in Basalt today at 8:30 a.m.
There will be free breakfast before cleaning up a mile section of the river. Volunteers are being asked to dress appropriately with warm layers, gloves, long pants, a hat and sunscreen. There are prizes for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful and Most Unusual Trash.
Roaring Fork Conservancy is the watershed conservation organization in the Roaring Fork Valley that brings people together to protect local rivers.