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Four separate single-vehicle accidents closed all four lanes of Highway 82 for more than three hours Sunday evening, according to the Colorado State Patrol. There were no reports of injuries. Trooper Heath Roe said the accidents were all the result of icy conditions and that the road had been closed to prevent more crashes. Three of the accidents were in eastbound traffic and one was westbound.The first accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., and the road did not reopen fully until 9:40.
GARFIELD COUNTY Starting Wednesday, Oct. 31, Garfield County Public Health officials will give flu vaccinations to people of all ages.This year, everyone has an equal priority for flu shots. In the past, limited vaccine supply caused health officials to give kids and the elderly priority since they benefit from flu shots the most.We have always in the past stated that those are our first priority in giving out the flu shots, but this year we have a sufficient supply of vaccine so that were not prioritizing people, said Yvonne Long, nurse manager for the countys Rifle public health office.Flu shots are important because the flu virus kills more than 100,000 people mostly kids and the elderly each year in the U.S, Long said. But even healthy adults benefit from flu shots, she said, because although they dont work 100 percent of the time, they are effective at preventing chances of contracting the flu and lessening symptoms.The lost time from work and doctors visits probably cost people and employers millions and millions of dollars each year, Long said.She said health officials predict which three strains will cause the biggest problems based on the previous years data. This year vaccines protect against three main respiratory flus. Vaccinations last for a year.
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Local fire officials in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties are heightening their fire concerns, and starting this week Stage 1 fire restrictions will be enacted. Stage 1 means no campfires in undeveloped sites, no fireworks and no smoking outside unless it’s in an area cleared of all combustible materials.