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Sarah Hess remembers her sister Janie as a fighter.Nearly four years ago Janie died from breast cancer at 45.She was gutsy, Hess said. Janie fought until the very end. She was inspiring and amazing, but it was hard because she never really had acceptance of it.Hess, who is a counselor with a private practice in Glenwood Springs, received more bad news after finding out about Janies illness.A year and one month after Janie was diagnosed with breast cancer, Hess oldest sister, Sue Adolphson, received the same news.Adolphson is also a fighter.Almost seven years later, good news remains for Hess and Adolphson.Her sisters health is good and there is no sign of any active cancer, said Hess.Watching the amazing battle they fought really taught me a lot. Both of them fought without question about their fights, said Hess, who said she has annual mammograms, has had a couple of biopsies, and is cautious with her diet and exercise. For one, I learned about living for the moment.From Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, Hess and Adolphson, of South Carolina, will walk in Janies memory in Atlanta at the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Walks will also take place in Dallas, Kansas City, the Twin Cities, Boston, Michigan, Seattle, Chicago, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Phoenix.
Following public outcry, the federal government this week deferred plans to issue leases for gas drilling near the scenic Kebler Pass area.Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. John Salazar on Wednesday objected to plans to lease the Grand Hogback north of Rifle and several other western Colorado parcels. The Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to auction off the leases this morning in Denver.Salazar also came out in opposition to the Kebler Pass leasing plans. But state BLM spokesperson Theresa Sauer said the U.S. Forest Service already had decided a day earlier to defer leasing there and re-evaluate conditions for surface uses. The BLM administers gas leasing on both BLM and Forest Service lands, but the Forest Service manages the surface impacts of drilling.Gunnison and Delta counties, the town of Paonia, the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway Committee and more than 500 citizens have protested the Kebler Pass lease. The land to be leased borders Paonia State Park, and is at the bottom of the road leading over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte.The scenic beauty of this area led to the establishment of several resorts which are now essential to the economic well-being of the community, Salazar wrote Wednesday to Ron Wenker, the BLMs state director in Colorado. Industrial activity on this parcel could devastate the local economy.
CARBONDALE It appears neither the town nor neighbors of a planned home for recovering alcoholics in a Carbondale residential neighborhood have much of a legal leg to stand on in the dispute, according to case law being compiled by the town.Alcoholism is considered a disability by federal law, and fair housing laws also apply, Carbondale Mayor Michael Hassig said Wednesday. The law says you have to make reasonable accommodations for these people to live in residential neighborhoods, regardless of covenants or zoning.The town could request a public hearing if its determined a group recovery home planned for a Crystal Village neighborhood is in violation of zoning laws, Hassig said, but it could not go to the extent of shutting the operation down altogether.We can request that they address such things as the number of people, parking and other life-safety issues, he said. But by federal law, we are required to reach a consensus with them.The towns Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to update neighbors on information compiled by Town Attorney Mark Hamilton over the last week since the issue first surfaced.
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