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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon was briefly closed around 3:30 a.m., Friday, following a rock slide, but was reopened to traffic within four hours, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

“One commercial vehicle suffered damage and the driver was not injured,” Trooper Marshall Schwarz said in a press release.

The Colorado Department of Transportation worked to clear the slide, which occurred at Mile Marker 21. All lanes are now open, according to the CSP.



“The State Patrol would like to take this time to remind all drivers that rock slides or other cataclysmic acts can occur at any time,” Schwarz said in the press release. “Excess speed may limit a drivers time to respond to such an incident, especially in areas like the Glenwood Canyon.

“Please use caution when traveling and please stay alert.”



GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The H1N1 flu vaccine is now available to the general public, and no longer limited to specific target groups, the Garfield County Public Health Department announced Friday.

“Due to the availability of H1N1 vaccine, Public Health will be hosting walk-in H1N1 clinics in Rifle and Glenwood Springs,” according to a press release. “Anyone ages 6 months and older will be able to receive their vaccination.”

The H1N1 flu clinics will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, and at the Rifle Public Health Office (across from City Market).

The H1N1 vaccine is free if received through Public Health. Children 9 years old and younger need two doses of the vaccine.

Additional seasonal flu vaccine clinics are also planned this coming week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, at Ace Hardware in Carbondale and at Fred’s Hardware in Rifle.

Seasonal flu clinics are open to anyone age 6 months and older, according to the Public Health office. The cost for a seasonal flu shot is $20 for adults and $10 for children.


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