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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is opening a new “VA Telehealth Clinic” in Glenwood Springs to more conveniently serve military veterans from around the Western Slope.

The grand opening of the clinic is scheduled for Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., and U.S. Rep. John Salazar is scheduled to be on hand for the event.

The clinic, which is to be run by nurses, is linked to the Grand Junction VA Hospital via a sophisticated computerized hookup that permits a doctor in Grand Junction to view tests performed on a patient in Glenwood Springs.

The hookup includes a camera, and services run the gamut from heart and blood tests to mental health consultations.

The clinic is located at 2425 Grand Ave., near the Rivers restaurant.

New highway safety legislation, sponsored by Colorado Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village) and Colorado Rep. Kathleen Curry (I-Gunnison) calls for motorists to slow down along certain stretches of highway during the winter months to avoid crashing into wildlife on the road.

The new law, HB1238, provides for doubled fines for speeding through what are now known as “wildlife zones,” where speed limits will be reduced from 65 miles per hour to 55 mph at night.

The speed reduction zones include stretches of Highway 13 between Rifle and Meeker, and are to go into effect at the end of October and early November.

A stretch of state Highway 6 between Silt and New Castle was closed briefly on Monday morning, due to an accident involving an irrigation pipe and a car, according to authorities.

The closure occurred at about 7:30 a.m., according to one motorist who had to take an alternate route after encountering patrol cars on the highway. The accident site reportedly was cleared up quickly and the road reopened.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper in charge of public information for the accident could not be reached for comment by press time.

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