http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Library district turmoil escalates http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/library-district-turmoil-escalates <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fm_cvlibrary_032013_cmyk.jpg" alt="The High Plains Library District celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Carbon Valley Regional Library. Opened March 15, 2008, the 35,000-square-foot facility opened with a collection of 116,000 items. " title="The High Plains Library District celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Carbon Valley Regional Library. Opened March 15, 2008, the 35,000-square-foot facility opened with a collection of 116,000 items. " align="left" hspace="6" width="114" height="85" /><p> <b>GREELEY &mdash;</b> The Weld County Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions April 14, removing the current High Plains Library District board of trustees and appointing new members to the Board for the interim.</p> <p class="p4"> <span class="s3">The commissioners were split on the decision, with some commissioners citing community complaints about service being the main driver of the decision.</span></p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> Preliminary crime data from Weld sheriff shows slight 2012 decrease http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/preliminary-crime-data-weld-sheriff-shows-slight-2012-decrease <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fml_sheriff-john-cooke.jpg" alt="Weld County Sheriff John Cooke" title="Weld County Sheriff John Cooke" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> <b>GREELEY &mdash;</b> Total reported crime from 2012 to 2013 fell 1 percent, according to Weld County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office preliminary crime statistics released earlier this month.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Weld County Sheriff John Cooke praised the work of the county&rsquo;s Strike Team, a special law enforcement group within WCSO that responds to trends in crime data.</span></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> Weld commissioners, Anadarko partner to bring water to Wattenberg http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/weld-commissioners-anadarko-partner-bring-water-wattenberg <p> <b>WELD COUNTY &mdash;</b> The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.</p> Water testing availabile following September floods http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/water-testing-availabile-following-september-floods <p> <b>GREELEY &mdash; </b>Last September, a trillion gallons of water swept through mountains, industrial and agricultural areas, urban communities and water treatment plants and surged through Weld County.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Because of this, the Weld County Board of Commissioners are reminding county residents on well water that the Department of Public Health and Environment provides water testing to determine if there are unhealthy bacteria levels and if nitrates are present in county residents&rsquo; well water.</span></p> Frederick OKs oil/gas tax collection pact http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/frederick-oks-oilgas-tax-collection-pact <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_cover_oil_040214.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> <b>FREDERICK &mdash; </b>The Town Board of Trustees unanimously approved an intergovernmental agreement March 25 with Weld County to help collect tax revenue from the booming oil and gas work happening in the county.</p> Renfroe bests Buck for top line in CD4; Kirkmeyer says she has enough signatures http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/renfroe-bests-buck-top-line-cd4-kirkmeyer-says-she-has-enough-signatures <p> <b>GREELEY &mdash; </b>Citing her signature-collecting efforts in her bid for Congress, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer removed her name from nomination at the 4th Congressional District Republican Assembly last week.</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s2">Kirkmeyer did, however, meet with delegates at the meeting and explain her motivations for seeking the seat held by Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running for U.S. Senate.</span></p> Little help for those with mental illness, developmental disabilities http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/little-help-those-mental-illness-developmental-disabilities <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/all_inews_diagnoses1_041614.jpg" alt="Alex Meredith, 29, left, draws as his mother, Carol, observes at the family home in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these conditions means navigating a fragmented system with funding quirks and huge gaps in care.(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS)" title="Alex Meredith, 29, left, draws as his mother, Carol, observes at the family home in Littleton, Colo., on Feb. 17, 2014. Meredith was diagnosed with autism when he was very young. He also displayed symptoms of mental illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, psychosis and depression. Seeking treatment for these conditions means navigating a fragmented system with funding quirks and huge gaps in care.(Joe Mahoney/I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS)" align="left" hspace="6" width="108" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Kristin Jones</strong></p> <p class="p2"> <strong><span class="s1">I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS</span></strong></p> <p class="p3"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> A raised <span class="s2">red oval, a couple of inches in diameter, sits at the top of Alex Meredith&rsquo;s forehead.</span></p> <p class="p5"> <span class="s2">It is the physical mark of a besieged mind.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="p5"> &nbsp;</p> Fort Lupton teen wins contest promoting safe driving http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/fort-lupton-teen-wins-contest-promoting-safe-driving <img src="http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/sites/www.cvfarmerandminer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fl_drive_smart_040914.jpg" alt="Kenia Melero Castillo, a sophomore at Fort Lupton High School, won the DRIVE SMART Weld County Fall JST DRV Poster Contest. Castillo said she wants teen drivers to know that texting and driving can lead to deadly accidents. " title="Kenia Melero Castillo, a sophomore at Fort Lupton High School, won the DRIVE SMART Weld County Fall JST DRV Poster Contest. Castillo said she wants teen drivers to know that texting and driving can lead to deadly accidents. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <b>FORT LUPTON &mdash;</b> The scene is all too familiar: A driver &mdash; distracted by a smart phone and with a child in the back &mdash; fails to notice a red light and sideswipes a car in the intersection.</p> <p class="p4"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p4"> <span class="s2">The accident, in this case, is not a real collision, but an artistic depiction by Kenia Melero Castillo, a student at Fort Lupton High School, who drew the scene as part of a Weld County poster contest.</span></p>