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NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Tom Baker was formally hired as the New Castle town administrator on at the town council meeting on Tuesday night.

Town Clerk Melody Harrison said the council held a brief discussion about Baker’s contract, then approved it.

Baker is to start his new job no later than Sept. 17, she reported.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – The Carbondale Police Department has recently received several reports of people being followed while walking or biking in Carbondale.

Officers investigated the reports, said Police Chief Gene Schilling in a written statement issued Wednesday. There is no evidence of malicious intent, he said.

The Carbondale Police Department reminds walkers and cyclists, particularly those traveling alone, to observe these precautions:

• Avoid walking alone whenever possible. Having other people nearby is a great defense.

• Be alert, walk confidently and at a steady pace. Be aware of who is around you.

• Avoid poorly lit places, vacant lots or buildings.

• Do not hitchhike.

• Be careful when people in a car stop and ask you for directions. Always reply from a distance; never get too close to the car.

Schilling offered additional advice in case a person is accosted, advising victims and witnesses to yell out, “Call 911.”

“It is natural to want to yell ‘Help!’ but this is not the best thing to say. Many people are not quick to act when they hear help. Instead, yell ‘Call 911, a girl/guy is being attacked by …’ and briefly describe the attacker; male, female, number of people, race, size, clothing.

“Keep yelling the same thing over and over. Yell as loud as you can. Scream. Be noisy. This alone may spook off the attacker,” Schilling wrote.

The chief also asked people to report any incidents of being followed.

For information, contact Schilling at 963-2662 or eks@carbondaleco.net.

The Colorado State Patrol has partnered with Colorado State University to survey Colorado residents about their views on law enforcement services provided by the state patrol.

Some residents will receive phone calls to participate in the survey, which will take about 12 minutes. And anyone who is interested can complete a survey online at studentvoice.com/csu/coloradostatepatrol2012publicopinionsurvey . The online survey is estimated to take about eight minutes.

All participants will remain anonymous.

Questions focus on the patrol’s strategic focus, community outreach and enforcement operations.

“We feel this feedback loop is critical for government to ensure that it is meeting the needs of the residents and visitors to our state,” said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol.

The survey also gives CSU students a chance to conduct a large public opinion survey.

“Students get a chance to talk to people from all walks of life while doing these surveys, and they learn to respect all opinions. They not only learn about the principles of survey research but also how to apply them. And we help the patrol plan for the future,” said Prabha Unnithan, director of CSU’s Center for the Study of Crime and Justice. “It’s a win-win for both organizations.”

CSU Professors Tara Shelley and Mike Hogan are the other researchers leading this study. The results are expected in 2013.

CRAIG, Colorado (AP) – The Colorado Medical Board has suspended the license of a doctor in Craig until he completes an alcohol abuse evaluation.

The Craig Daily Press reports the board suspended the license of Joel Miller of High Country Medical on Tuesday.

A report from the board says it had ordered Miller to undergo an initial evaluation by the Colorado Physician Health Program last month. The Colorado Physician Health Program later recommended to the board that Miller check into an out-of-state treatment facility to assess the significance of his alcohol use.

The report says Miller has so far declined to participate in an assessment.

The newspaper says it could not reach Miller for comment Wednesday.

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