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The Albany Restaurant manager Maren Kallas puts closure notices on the windows of the restaurant and the Albany Liquormart Thursday, March 19, 2020, in downtown Cheyenne. The Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department issued an order Thursday to close restaurants, bars, gyms,…

Man faces assault charges after fight in Sanborn Park in Greeley

Greeley Co. / Greeley Tribune - 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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Coronavirus cancellations and closures: See how COVID-19 is affecting events, businesses

A slew of cancellations and postponements have been announced due to the coronavirus pandemic. Find a list of Northern Colorado cancellations here.

       

24 Hour Fitness offering free at-home workouts

Greeley Co. / Greeley Tribune - 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

Greeley Co. / Greeley Tribune - 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

Greeley Co. / Greeley Tribune - 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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Larimer County restaurant inspections: 9 restaurants pass

Larimer County restaurant inspections for the middle of March.

       

NBA telling teams to keep players, staff out of facilities

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

Greeley Co. / Greeley Tribune - 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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