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RIFLE, Colorado – One person was sent to the hospital, and Highland Elementary students, along with neighboring residents, were put on a voluntary evacuation order on Monday following the release of potentially hazardous vapors at the Graham Mesa water treatment plant.The incident did not pose any threat to the city’s drinking water.A 911 call was made around 10:19 a.m., and an operator at the plant was taken to Grand River Medical Center with signs and symptoms of exposure to a chemical, according to a press release issued by the city.A detailed search by the fire and police departments revealed that a container of hydrochloricp acid used for cleaning was venting vapor due to overheating in the sunlight. The container was moved to a safe, cool location to mitigate the vapor release.Following stabilization, the voluntary evacuation order was lifted shortly after noon.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Colorado Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien nominated Steamboat Springs resident Ken Brenner for his run for the State Senate District 8 and has also agreed to join his campaign.O’Brien wrote a letter to the state Democratic Party Convention nominating Brenner as the official party candidate for State Senate District 8, which includes Eagle, Garfield, Routt, Jackson, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. Republican state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden, has also announced an intention to run for that position.O’Brien also agreed to serve as honorary chairwoman for his campaign. O’Brien will advise Brenner and help with his fundraising; however she will not be involved in the day-to-day operations and decision-making.Brenner served on the Steamboat Springs City Council for eight years and almost two years on the Routt County planning commission.
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