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Greeley, Weld County Death Notices for March 20

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:50
Obituaries from the Greeley Tribune


CARLSON Steven Carlson of Kersey.  Visitation 5-7 p.m. today at Adamson.  Life Celebration 1 p.m. Saturday at 15331 WCR 90, Pierce. 

ECKAS Emanuel Eckas of Greeley. Graveside 11:30 a.m. today at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

FOOSE Esther Foose of Greeley. Graveside service 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Greeley.

FREESE Jasper Freese of Greeley. Services rescheduled to August, 2020.

LYNCH Margaret Lynch of Eaton.  Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Adamson.  Graveside service 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Gardens. 

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Obituary for Marymarie Allias

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:32
Marymarie Schnorr Allias 85, of Greeley passed away on March 11, 2020. Arrangements are in care of Adamson Life Celebration Home, (970) 353-1212.

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Obituary for Lisa Flye

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:32

Lisa Flye Feb. 17, 1964~March 12, 2020

Lisa Rochelle Flye was born in Denver on Feb. 17, 1964, and passed away on March 12, 2020, in Milliken.

She is survived by her sister, Rhonda Lanelle Flye of Aurora; and boyfriend, John Peter Kerste of Milliken.

Lisa especially enjoyed spending time with John’s grandchildren and often told us how much she loved them.

Lisa enjoyed knitting, crocheting and quilting. She won Grand Champion Ribbons multiple times at local county fairs. Lisa crochet, knitted and sewed many long hours for loved ones as well as local charities.

Lisa will be remembered for her kind heart, and generosity.

Lisa was always positive when dealing with her breast cancer, a strong, genuine person who taught us all to enjoy everyday and keep going no matter what.

Memorial Contributions maybe made to Footsteps to Hope in care of Marks Funeral & Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor, Colo. 80550.

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Obituary for Barbara Conger

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:32

Barbara Conger July 20, 1933~March 17, 2020

Barbara Ann (Evans) Conger was born in Meridian, Miss. on July 20, 1933.

She died in Greeley at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Barbara was married to her husband George for 62 years. They had two children, Greg and Leslie, and eight remarkable grandchildren.

Barbara was a kind Christian lady who had many precious friends. She loved outdoor activities and sports, a passion passed on to her by her father.

In their youth Barbara and George enjoyed traveling and they were both active in community events. They held the honorary position of Old Buckers following their active participation on the Greeley Independence Stampede Committee.

Barbara played golf at the Greeley Country Club, enjoyed downhill snow skiing, hiking, water skiing, parasailing, power boating, snorkeling, and sailing. She was active in a book group as well as Questors, PEO, and volunteer work with the American Red Cross.

Barbara was an elementary school teacher for eleven years prior to the birth of her children.

After health issues confined her to her home, she enjoyed visitors and playing Mahjong.

A memorial service will be scheduled once the Corona virus confusion settles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 6521 W. 20th St., Greeley, Colo. 80634.

Please visit www.allnuttgreeley.com to send condolences to the family.

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Obituary for Tara Vance

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:32

Tara Lee Vance Aug. 20, 1970~March 11, 2020

Tara Lee Vance born in Phoenixville, Pa. on Aug. 20, 1970. Tara Vance spent the first 9 years of her life there with her brother John.

After her mother’s death, she moved to Greeley and was adopted by her new family and spent the rest of her childhood there.

She graduated from Greeley West High School in 1988. While there, she explored a multitude of passionate talents including varsity volleyball, track, the saxophone, choir, marching, jazz and pep band, in which she lettered. The foremost of these passions, however, was dancing (which she started at the age of ten, later placing 2nd in the “Stars of Tomorrow” competition).

She spent time in Florida, working at Progressive Insurance and enjoyed all the time she had at the beach. Missing her roots, she moved back to Greeley and started working at Flood & Peterson for several years, before she and her husband Todd were blessed with two amazing children, Tyler and Alexa.

Along with dancing, her love for music defined her, attending many concerts across the country, almost missing a family vacation to see her favorite, Duran Duran. She also loved the outdoors, being a pro at waterskiing, camping and boating.

Along with an amazing sense of humor, she enjoyed family and 80s films like School of Rock, Dirty Dancing and A Knight’s Tale and she was almost unbeatable at Scrabble.

Tara was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and a devoted follower of God. She spent her life raising her children in the most positive and influential way, resulting in a maternal pride that she carried with her to the end.

After separating from her husband, Tara took a job at JBS for the remainder of her years. Throughout her life, Tara was ahead of her time, her style emulating a rock star diva vibe without concern about what people may have thought.

From the moment she was born, Tara embodied a beautiful light in the world around her, keeping her faith and her family alive long after her time on earth.

Due to extenuating circumstances the public service has been postponed to a date to be determined later for extended family, as well as important friends and coworkers. Thank you for your understanding during these confusing times.

Please visit www.allnuttgreeley.com to send condolences to the family.

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Obituary for Michael Inman

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 05:32

Michael Thomas Inman Sept. 3, 1948~March 14, 2020 Michael Thomas Inman was born Sept. 3, 1948, in Merced Calif. to Thomas Inman and Mary Inman. Mike grew up in Greeley.

After graduating from High School, in 1966, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1967, Mike was sent to Vietnam and was assigned to the 75th Army Ranger Regiment (LRRP) Long Range Reconnaissance, in Chu Lai, Viet Nam. In Sept. 1967 he graduated from the prestigious 5th Special Forces “Recondo School”.

After his military service was completed he attended the University of Northern Colorado. After completing college in 1973, Mike was hired by the Sealy Mattress Inc. ultimately being elevated to the position of Vice President and General Manager of their Southwest Region. Mike spent 30 years in the Mattress Industry including several Senior Management positions with the Sealy Mattress Co Inc., Simmons Inc. and Kingsdown Inc.

Mike retired in 2003 and worked as a course advisor for the TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Mike was a very loving father, brother and son.

He is survived by his son, Todd Inman; and daughter, Devon Inman Roden both of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; brother, Tom Clopton; and sister, Andra Weathers of Greeley.

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Greeley survives March blizzard; ‘better conditions’ on the way for weekend

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 03:31

The worst is over with the blizzard that blew through the Greeley area Thursday, and weather conditions will be much improved beginning Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder/Denver.

Meteorologist Kyle Fredin said the area will “dry out” Friday with some icing on roads in shaded areas and on bridges and overpass surfaces.

Greeley resident Scott Pell shovels the sidewalk near his home and his neighbor’s home as snow falls Thursday, March 19, 2020 during a blizzard in Greeley. The impact of the storm was minimal in the Greeley area. “Theyrre really good neighbors,” said Pell, who has lived in Greeley since 1986. (Alex McIntyre/amcintyre@greeleytribune.com)

But, all in all, the region is looking for “better conditions” heading toward the weekend after approximately three inches of snow fell in the area Thursday, Fredin said.

“I think the Greeley area is in a trend of decreasing snow and decreasing winds,” he said Thursday night. “We’ll rebound tomorrow. Temperatures will be in the lower-30s, but we’ll dry out.”

Fredin reported Akron, in Washington County and about 90 minutes slightly south and east of Greeley, reported peak winds of 62 miles per hour Thursday.

Thursday’s weather didn’t pose much of a challenge to local municipalities. Greeley Police Department spokeswoman Rebecca Ries said the department didn’t have any snow or weather-related challenges through the day Thursday.

Geese swim in pairs as snow falls during a blizzard at Glenmere Park in Greeley Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Alex McIntyre/amcintyre@greeleytribune.com)

Windsor police sergeant Aaron Krause wrote in an email Thursday afternoon the department was on an accident alert because of the weather conditions. Krause added the agency “has not responded to, or received any reports of snow-related incidents today.”

According to the NWS, Friday’s forecast for Greeley calls for a 40% percent chance of snow and cloudy with a high near 31 and wind gusts as high as 15 mph. The new snow accumulation calls for less than one-half inch.

A strong spring storm system will continue to exit the region overnight w/strong northwest winds persisting across the far NE plains. Strong winds & fresh snow will continue to produce blizzard conditions w/visibility reduced to less than 1/4 mile at times. #COwx pic.twitter.com/jqLzBDjEv2

— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) March 20, 2020

On Saturday and Sunday, the forecasted high temperatures are 47 and 53 degrees, respectively, with mostly sunny skies.

Anne Delaney covers breaking news and features for the Greeley Tribune. Contact Anne at adelaney@greeleytribune.com, (970) 392-5647 or on Twitter @AnneGDelaney.

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University of Northern Colorado announces next men’s basketball coach

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 03:08

The University of Northern Colorado announced Thursday evening the selection of its next men’s basketball coach.

Steve Smiley, associate head coach, will take over as head coach and replace Jeff Linder.

Smiley has been with the program since May 2016. He worked under Weber State head coach Randy Rahe for two seasons prior to joining the UNC staff.

The Colorado native helped lead the Wildcats to a Big Sky regular season title, conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

Linder resigned on Tuesday to become the head coach at Wyoming. He was with the Bears four seasons.

UNC finished with a 22-9 overall record and 15-5 in conference play. The team was second in the Big Sky standings for the second straight year and  multiple players were named to the All-Big Sky teams and received annual awards. Its season was cut short because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Bears will hold a virtual press conference Friday at 3 p.m. to officially introduce Smiley.

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Photos: Blizzard blankets Greeley

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 01:24
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Small Business Administration grants Colorado’s request for emergency loans

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 00:07

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DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis’ request to the U.S. Small Business Administration Tuesday requesting a disaster declaration from the spread of the COVID-19 virus would make small businesses across the entire state eligible for emergency loans.

The declaration makes low-interest emergency loans of up to $2 million for small to medium-sized businesses and nonprofits be made available within every county in the state.

Gov. Jared Polis requested the declaration in a letter Tuesday. Businesses in all 64 Colorado counties are eligible to apply.

The SBA emergency loans are designed to support small and medium-sized businesses during times of acute economic hardship, particularly if they do not have access to private-sector credit. President Donald Trump moved $50 billion to the SBA last week in an effort to keep small business with limited access to private sector credit afloat. 

Ten other states have already received disaster declarations from the SBA.

To apply for an emergency loan, click here.

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Greeley cop log: Man steals kids’ bikes for drugs; dead deer missing head

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 00:01

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a summary of crime reports taken from the Greeley Police Department’s daily logs. Only a few of the hundreds of reports will be used in this weekly column because of space limitations.

March 8

3:15 a.m.: Police responded to the 900 block of 8th Avenue for a report of a man outside a pub who looked like he was drinking heavily and started vomiting. He had a can of beer and was missing a shoe.

11:45 a.m.: Police responded to the 500 block of 46th Avenue to pick up a trapped cat, but the cat escaped.

March 9

8:45 a.m.: A caller in the 4800 block of 5th Street wanted to know if it was legal to have strobe lights on the side of his car.

7 p.m.: Police responded to the area of 20th Street and 35th Avenue for a report of two men using a crowbar to get into an electrical box. The men were on a scavenger hunt and caused no damage to the box.

9:15 p.m.: Police responded to the 400 block of 17th Street for a report of a suspicious person parked by some shrubs who kept ducking down when the caller drove by. A delivery service driver was lost.

March 10

10:45 a.m.: Police responded to apartments in the 1500 block of 7th Avenue for a report of a woman who had been screaming for the past hour.

11 a.m.: A caller in the 1500 block of North 11th Avenue reported someone was stealing little kids’ bikes to fuel his drug habits.

6:15 p.m.: Police again responded to the apartments in the 1500 block of 7th Avenue. The caller reported the woman was screaming again and smoking a cigarette.

March 11

11:15 a.m.: A caller in the 1300 block of 16th Street asked that police check the well-being of a shirtless man with a backpack in combat pants and combat boots who kept rolling around on the ground, doing push ups and then getting back up.

5:15 p.m.: A caller near Weld County Road 47 and East 8th Street reported three or four dead deer north of the bridge. At least one had its head and other parts missing.

March 12

8:45 a.m.: A caller reported a homeless man sleeping inside a room containing ATMs in the 2600 block of 11th Avenue. The caller was scared because he asked for money while she was taking cash out.

10 a.m.: A caller at a mobile home park in the 1800 block of 5th Street wanted to know if the “No Trespassing” sign will stop police and sheriff’s deputies from going on his property and knocking on his door.

12 p.m.: A caller at a hospital in the 1800 block of 16th Street requested police ticket a woman for locking herself in an emergency room bathroom and smoking.

2 p.m.: Police responded to the 1800 block of 9th Street for a report of an unwanted party. A man was lying in front of the building with a bottle of whiskey and a blanket, yelling at passersby.

— Trevor Reid covers public safety issues for the Greeley Tribune. Connect with Trevor at (970) 392-4492, treid@greeleytribune.com or on Twitter, @treid71.

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Weld County Sheriff’s Office arrest 2 violent suspects including county man on assault charge

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 00:00

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office arrested two violent suspects earlier this month including a 29-year-old Weld County resident on suspicion of first-degree assault of a peace officer, false imprisonment, vehicular eluding and menacing.

Cody Kenneth Phillip Hamilton was booked into Weld County Jail and he is being held on a $100,00 bond on those charges, plus being held on a $25,000 bond on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft out of Greeley and a no-bond hold for failing to appear in court on a third case, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

According to police, Hamilton stole a Dodge pick up in the Hill ‘N Park neighborhood and twice intentionally backed the truck into a sheriff’s office cruiser driven by Deputy Kayla McKinney.

Cody Kenneth Phillip Hamilton (Courtesy: Weld County Sheriff’s Office).
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The damage to the cruiser left it disabled.

Deputies pursued Hamilton in a chase but discontinued the pursuit when school buses entered the neighborhood. Hamilton later fled the damaged stolen truck when it broke down in the area of Glacier and Grand Canyon drives, according to the release.

He eluded deputies and a K-9 unit while running into yards on Glacier Drive.

Later in the day, deputies received a report from a Hill ‘N Park resident who said Hamilton entered their home and held them at knifepoint for more than two hours. The resident was not injured.

Hamilton was contacted by Platteville police March 14 on an unrelated incident and then arrested on the Weld County warrant.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Det. Sierra Vessels at (970) 400-2836.

Another investigation led to the arrest of 21-year-old Greeley resident wanted on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder.

Deandres Gordon (Courtesy: Weld County Sheriff’s Office).
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According to the same release, Deandres Gordon was arrested March 14 at the Greeley Mall and booked into Weld County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder following an incident March 11 near O Street and North 25th Avenue.

Law enforcement responded to the scene, and found a man who had sustained serious wounds as the result of a stabbing. He was transported by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center.

An arrest warrant was obtained for Gordon, and he was arrested as a result of work by patrol deputies, the strike team and Greeley police officers.

Gordon is being held on a $300,000 bond.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to contact Weld County Sheriff’s Office Detective Byron Kastilahn at 970-400-2836.

“Despite the public health crisis that our nation and Weld County is facing, Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators continue to diligently work to protect our community from the ever-constant threat of violent crime,” said Weld County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Sergeant Aaron Walker. “These two cases involved suspects that were indifferent to human life, placing other residents and sheriff’s office deputies in grave danger.”

Anne Delaney covers breaking news and features for the Greeley Tribune. Contact Anne at adelaney@greeleytribune.com, (970) 392-5647 or on Twitter @AnneGDelaney.

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Weld County health department still hasn’t received COVID-19 sampling kits from state

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 22:51

The Weld County Department of Health and Environment is preparing for the day when it receives sampling kits with which to take samples that will test for COVID-19. But that day is not Thursday.

Weld County is yet to receive a single sampling kit, despite having requested 500 from the state well more than a week ago, said health department spokesman Eric Aakko in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.

“Still no,” Aakko said. “We are still waiting.”

In the meantime, the preparations include plans to have a drive-through sampling center in Greeley — once the sample kits arrive.

“We have been told it might be another week or more (before receiving the kits),” Aakko said. “But there are some alternatives — alternative testing kits — that we might get earlier. But we’re still waiting. We are preparing to do the sampling, but that’s where we’re at.”

The alternative tests from another source were a speculative prospect at best. Meanwhile, the only tests being performed in Weld County are by private healthcare providers.

“Good news is we did get some supplies of personal protective equipment that we’ve been able to help get out to some of our partners,” Aakko said. “But yeah, we’re still waiting and preparing. When that happens, (that we get the kits) we’ll let the public know.”

Aakko clarified that it will still be limited testing at that point in time.

“It won’t be a free-for-all, just anybody can show up,” he said. “They will need to have a doctor’s order for the sampling to take place. They’ll have to meet some basic criteria because of the limited supplies we’ll have.”

Once sampling begins to take place, it’s hard to know how high the daily capacity will be for samples to be taken and sent down to the state testing laboratory in Denver.

“We’re still figuring out logistics, but it’ll be driven by how many sampling kits we receive,” Aakko said. “It’ll probably take a little bit of live drive-through to figure out the capacity, because we haven’t done it yet. But we’re certainly planning to be as efficient and as effective as possible.”

Aakko said the drive-through model was also safer health-wise for medical professionals and patients.

He also said the department didn’t know whether they’d be receiving the full 500 requested once they do eventually arrive.

“I don’t know in the nation there is a national shortage,” Aakko said. “They may be trying to prioritize where the greatest needs are, but I’m not in charge of distribution. If we get what we ask for, fantastic. Whatever we get will be utilized. And it’ll be sorely needed.”

Aakko cautioned that getting test kits, while a piece of good news in and of itself, was not likely to beget any more good news in the near term.

“Once we start testing, obviously we’ll get more positives,” he said. “That’s just a given. We will respond accordingly.”

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Looking to donate? Here’s what local agencies need most

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 21:03

With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on both public health and the economy, many are wondering how they can help.

Volunteering is an option for some. For others, donation is the best route. But what to give?

United Way of Weld County sent out a release with some answers. Following are lists of supplies needed by some of the major agencies helping care for and serve vulnerable populations at this desperate time.

United Way Weld County Housing Navigation Center and Cold Weather Shelter

• Hand Sanitizer

• Sanitizing wipes

• Paper Towels

Donations can be dropped off at the front of UWWC’s office, 814 9th St., Greeley, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning March 24. Please call the UWWC staff ahead of time at 970-353-4300 before dropping off items.

Catholic Charities Serving Weld County

• Healthy volunteers, including volunteers with food service experience

• Preparers of sack dinners/sandwiches for guests at Cold Weather Shelter

• Surgical masks

• Hand sanitizer

• Monetary donations can be made electronically at ccdenver.org (indicate Weld County if desired) or by mailing a check to the Guadalupe Community Center at 1442 N 11th Ave., Greeley, CO 80631.

Contact Steve McLaughlin at 970-616-8606 or smclaughling@ccdenver.org.

A Woman’s Place

• Laundry soap

• Baby wipes

• Disinfectant spray or wipes

• Toilet paper

• Kleenex

Call information line at 970-351-0476 or email info@awpdv.org

Greeley Family House

• Septic safe toilet paper

• HE Laundry detergent — powder, fragrance-free

• 70% rubbing alcohol

• Hand sanitizer

Call main line at 970-352-3215

Hope at Miracle House

• Toilet paper

• Wipes

• Diapers for newborns

• Enfamil for babies

Contact Deb DeMille at 720-676-9697

Childcare centers in Weld County

• Gloves

• Cleaning solution

• Toilet paper

• Paper towels

• Kleenex

Family support — UWWC Promises for Children

• Wipes

• Diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6)

• Baby formula

Weld Recovers Fund: COVID-19 Relief

Monetary donations can be funneled through this collaboration between the United Way of Weld County and the Weld Community Fund. The money goes directly to programs helping the neediest.

Donate at unitedway-weld.org/covid-19/ or send a check to United Way of Weld County, ATTN: Weld Recovers Fund, 814 9th St., Greeley, CO 80631.

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Greeley Mall suspends operations, aims for March 27 reopening

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:45

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As local businesses take precautions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic — and adhere to local, state and national recommendations regarding crowd sizes and social distancing — the Greeley Mall, 2050 Greeley Mall, announced on its Facebook page Thursday is has suspended operations.

According to the announcement, the mall could reopen March 27 if circumstances allow.

The Facebook post reads: “The Greeley Mall has made the difficult decision to suspend operations. We hope to re-open Friday, March 27th if the circumstances will allow. Thank you for your understanding. The community’s best interests are our priority. We look forward to seeing you again! Be safe!”

The Greeley Mall has made the difficult decision to suspend operations. We hope to re-open Friday, March 27th if the…

Posted by The Greeley Mall on Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Man faces assault charges after fight in Sanborn Park in Greeley

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:38

An 18-year-old man is facing felony assault charges after allegedly using nunchucks and kicking an unnamed male victim during a fight involving a large group of teenagers last month in Sanborn Park in Greeley.

Boh Reh was one of four males who became involved with the Feb. 21 incident that originated with a fight between two individuals, according to an arrest affidavit from the Greeley police.

Reh is facing charges on engaging in a riot and second-degree assault.

The unnamed victim, whose name was redacted in the affidavit, said he interjected himself into the original fight. He was chased away and eventually tackled by a male named Leo Tue.

As Tue assaulted the victim, Reh and others joined. Two other males, Hay Moo and Law Reh, used “bat-like” objects to beat the victim, according to police.

The victim met with Greeley police about the incident Feb. 24, and showed bruising on his left leg from the assault and he also complained of pain in his left shoulder.

Officers were advised some of the individuals involved in the incident claim to be in an Asian gang known as Asian Boyz, or ABZ, a gang with origins in California, according to the affidavit.

Anne Delaney covers breaking news and features for the Greeley Tribune. Contact Anne at adelaney@greeleytribune.com, (970) 392-5647 or on Twitter @AnneGDelaney.

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24 Hour Fitness offering free at-home workouts

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:20

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As much of the country practices social distancing, self-isolation and self-quarantining because of the COVID-19 pandemic, national fitness center franchise 24 Hour Fitness announced Wednesday it is offering free at-home workouts to its members through the company’s 24GO app.

The app is downloadable via the App Store and Google Play.

In addition to letting members continue their personalized workouts from home, the app will allow touch-free check-ins once members can return to their gyms, bypassing the finger scan and touch-pad system.

The 24 Hour Fitness located at 3001 South 23rd Ave. in Greeley stands closed Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Alex McIntyre/amcintyre@greeleytribune.com)

Earlier this week, 24 Hour Fitness announced it has temporarily closed all locations in compliance with local governments and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. All memberships will be extended the same amount of time in which the gyms are closed.

The recently opened Greeley 24 Hour Fitness location is at 3001 23rd Ave.

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Kaiser Permanente to close 21 medical clinics in wake of coronavirus

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:04

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Kaiser Permanente will temporarily close 21 of its medical clinics along the Front Range, including locations in the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado, as a way to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The health-care provider announced the closures to patients this week. Closures will take effect Monday, March 23, including in Boulder, Brighton, Fort Collins, Greeley and Longmont, along with 16 other locations.

“As the situation around coronavirus and COVID-19 continues to evolve, we’re moving quickly to make some necessary changes to face this challenge head-on,” Kaiser said in a statement to patients.

Ten medical offices will remain open for certain specialty care, ob-gyn care, labs, medical imaging, behavioral health and pharmacy services, including in Loveland and Louisville (Rock Creek). Kaiser’s Acero, Arapahoe, Aurora Centrepoint, Franklin, Lakewood, Lone Tree, Parkside and Skyline facilities also will remain open.

Kaiser said it was also:

• Expanding virtual care to enable patients to remain at home, and to increase the number of patients it can treat.

• Postponing non-urgent procedures to free space and equipment for critically ill patients.

• Minimizing in-patient care to reduce exposure for patients and staff.

Kaiser said it would reach out to patients who have appointments at the offices to be closed, which include:

• Baseline Medical Offices (Boulder).

• Briargate Medical Offices.

• Brighton Medical Offices.

• Castle Rock Medical Offices.

• East Denver Medical Offices.

• Englewood Medical Offices.

• Fort Collins Medical Offices.

• Greeley Medical Offices.

• Hidden Lake Medical Offices.

• Highline Behavioral Health Center.

• Highlands Ranch Medical Offices.

• Ken Caryl Medical Offices.

• Longmont Medical Offices.

• Midtown Medical Office Building.

• Parker Medical Offices.

• Pueblo North Medical Offices.

• Ridgeline Behavioral Health Center.

• Smoky Hill Medical Offices.

• Southwest Medical Offices.

• Spring Creek Medical Offices.

• Wheat Ridge Medical Offices.

Kaiser Permanente urgent care at Aurora Centrepoint, Lakewood and Lone Tree Medical Offices will remain open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Affiliated urgent-care partners in Northern and Southern Colorado are also available.

Patients seeking care may sign in using the Kaiser Permante app or by visiting www.kp.org. Members with flu-like symptoms and who are at least 18 years old may complete an e-visit with a doctor, be screened for coronavirus and arrange for treatment if necessary.

Those with appointments at a temporarily closed medical office, and who must be seen, will have their appointments rescheduled at another facility. Those with non-urgent appointments may reschedule or cancel.

Patients can call 303-338-4545 or 800-218-1059 to speak with a licensed care provider to schedule a phone or video visit with a doctor, or to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Patients may also order prescriptions to be delivered by mail by calling 866-523-6059 or by visiting www.kp.org/rxrefill.

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Moody’s downgrades Weld County’s largest oil producer to junk bond level

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 19:44

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NEW YORK — Financial credit ratings firm Moody’s Corp. (NYSE: MCO) slashed Occidental Petroleum Inc. (NYSE: OXY) to almost below investment-grade as the combination of COVID-19 related drops in demand and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia drives oil prices below $30 per barrel.

Moody’s cut its rating of senior unsecured bonds from Weld County’s largest producer of oil by volume to “Ba1,” the highest rating it assigns to debt it believes is junk status, pointing out in particular its $38.5 billion long-term debt load after acquiring competitor Anadarko Petroleum last year.

That debt load in current economic conditions is “significantly compromising its financial flexibility to confront the collapse in oil prices,” Moody’s vice president Andrew Brooks said in a statement.

The cuts came a week after one of the most brutal few days for the oil and gas industry in recent memory. Saudi Arabia and Russia, the second and third-largest oil-producing states in the world behind the U.S., failed to agree on lowering output with the rest of OPEC to match the falling global demand for fuel caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Instead, the two vowed to raise production and flood the world market with cheap oil, cratering global prices to almost $30 per barrel Monday. West Texas Intermediate was trading in the low-$20 per barrel range for most of this week.

Occidental cut its new drilling operations in Weld County as part of a larger corporate cost-cutting measure and agreed to pay a state record $18.25 million in fines to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission as a result of the 2017 Firestone gas leak explosion that killed two.

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Greeley parks, trails still open; residents urged to be cautious amid COVID-19 outbreak

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:30

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Greeley parks and hiking trails are still open, but the residents should still be cautious if they choose to leave their homes.

The city posted on Facebook that its parks, trails and open spaces remain open for use during the COVID-19 outbreak. People should still practice social distancing, covering coughs and sneezes and stay in if they are showing signs of illness. 

Raylynn Stecks walks her dogs alongside the lake at Sanborn Park in Greeley Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Stecks said she usually walks her dogs through her neighborhood, but decided to go to the park and walk them for the first time Tuesday for a change of pace. (Alex McIntyre/amcintyre@greeleytribune.com)

The National Recreation and Parks Association suggests people use open spaces, rather than playgrounds, and bring their own balls and toys. 

“Users should take their own precautions and bring hand sanitizer as we can’t disinfect playground equipment,” the statement says. 

Using open space also helps ensure people can stay at least six feet away from each other. The Centers for Disease Control recommend this distance to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

The post suggests warning other trail users when passing them to maintain proper distance. Warnings can be signaled by voice, bell or horn. Walkers and joggers should step off the trail to allow others to pass. 

Guests need to bring their own drinks, too. Greeley’s water fountains may be disabled. Fountains that are still operational should not be used for personal safety. 

Lastly, Greeley’s park restrooms are closed until May. Guests should time their outings so they are not dependent on public facilities. 

“There is a fluid and evolving situation,” the post says. “This guidance is current today but could change in the future.”

Other non-emergent city facilities are closed until further notice. This includes city hall, municipal court and the recreation center. 

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