Colorado parks department trying to identify man who chased an angry moose in Frisco

A man chased an angry moose onto a median in Frisco.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the public to help identify a man who was photographed standing a few feet away from an angry moose in Frisco on Friday afternoon.

A passing driver saw a man chase the moose onto the median in the middle of a busy stretch of Colorado Highway 9 south of Dillon Dam Road. The driver slowed down and his passenger snapped a photo of the man next to the agitated moose.

Summit County’s District Wildlife Manager Elissa Slezak said in a statement that the moose was clearly angry, noting pinned back ears and raised hackles. The man could have easily been attacked and injured or killed.

“It is likely this person does not realize how much danger he put himself in, or maybe he does not care,” Slezak said in the statement. “We hope a conversation with this individual can help him understand the danger involved.”

If identified, the man would likely be cited for harassment of wildlife. But Slezak said the biggest concern is to make sure the individual does not repeat his behavior.

Moose can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, are faster than humans and have a strong instinct for self-preservation, according to the parks and wildlife statement. They do not attack people unprovoked but they will defend themselves aggressively if threatened or harassed. The large animals do not fear people.

Anyone with information can call the Operation Game Thief anonymously at 877-265-6648. Awards are available if the information leads to an arrest or citation.

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Denzinger Family Dentistry owners find business growth in a quiet way – Louisville – Louisville Business First

It’s that all-too-familiar 3 a.m. sound that resembles saws cutting through wood. Lawn mowers rumbling across the grass. Motorcycles breaking the nighttime quiet.

Wives tossing and turning, and rolling their eyes. Husbands exiled to the living room couch with their bedrolls in their arms. Funny stuff.

If only snoring were as funny as the cartoons and TV sitcoms portray it. But it’s not very funny, at all. Quite the opposite.

In fact, said Mike Rowe, general manager of Denzinger Family Dentistry in New Albany, it can be a matter of survival.

“There are few life-and-death conditions in dentistry,” he said, “but sleep apnea is one of them.”

It’s also turned into a new line of business for the practice and has allowed it to expand into the Louisville market with the opening of a sleep apnea clinic last year in the East End.

Sleep apnea is a medical condition, not a dental issue. And yet, dentists are well-positioned to see signs and symptoms that most physicians are not.

“I’m in people’s mouths all day long,” said dentist Dr. Sara Denzinger-Rowe, the practice’s founder and Mike’s wife. “I can see the signs of abnormal sleep — the crunching and the grinding, the broken teeth and crenulated tongues, the clenched jaws that result in morning headaches.”

Broken teeth and headaches are not pleasant, but they’re nothing people can’t live with. However, high blood pressure, diabetes, periodontal infections and high cholesterol are not so easily dismissed.

“If your body can’t breathe, it will panic and do whatever it can to get breath,” Denzinger-Rowe said. “That could mean your heart will start racing, you’ll sweat, you might suffocate, go into cardiac arrest, have a heart attack or stroke. But you’re asleep, so you don’t know what’s happening.

She said research suggests about 30 percent of the American population has some level of apnea.

Though Denzinger-Rowe is inside the mouth, seeing issues and evaluating all sorts of dental problems, she’s quick to point out her limitations in confronting what is, in fact, a medical condition.

As dentists — even double-board-certified to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy — Denzinger-Rowe and her practice partner, Tracy Guilford, are prohibited from diagnosing the condition or initiating any treatment.

“That’s strictly the prerogative of an M.D.,” Denzinger-Rowe said. “All we can do is urge these patients to go see their primary care physicians.”

A problem, she said, is that too many primary care docs don’t address the subject, or look in people’s mouths, or do much more than a perfunctory “how are you sleeping?”

“We’ll initiate the conversation based on what we see during an oral exam,” she said. “Perhaps, we’ll tell a patient, ‘You have a really large tongue … or extremely crowded teeth … or you’ve crunched so hard you’ve flattened or broken your teeth.’ “We ask them if they’re tired during the day.”

Building the business

Denzinger-Rowe, the daughter of a New Albany orthodontist, graduated from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. In 2002, she opened a two-chair general dentistry practice in New Albany. In 1994, she married Rowe, who runs the business side of the practice.

“I’m responsible for operations and marketing; Sara is responsible for the clinic,” Rowe said. “She doesn’t have to worry about payments or billings; I don’t have to worry about anything that happens in the clinic.”

A line he uses to explain their business relationship is: “She doesn’t write any checks and I don’t pull any teeth.”

So, as she began to identify sleep apnea as a health issue that needed addressing, he began to identify a unique business opportunity.

“We sent Sara and Tracy to a weekend course in Baltimore, and they came back on fire,” Rowe said. “This was something the community really needed.”

The two dentists spent two and a half years traveling all over the country, taking course work and continuing medical education on sleep apnea — “thousands of hours of classroom time,” Rowe said.

Eventually, they received board certification from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine.

Once sleep apnea has been diagnosed by an M.D., the two board-certified specialists are able to receive referrals, to explore treatment options and fit appliances. They offer oral appliance alternatives to patients who are diagnosed as having mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or those who find the traditional CPAP machines and masks uncomfortable. (CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.)

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Dentist Sara Denzinger-Rowe holds a mandibular advancement device for sleep apnea treatment.

As the sleep apnea practice grew, they opened the Crossings Sleep Apnea Clinic in 2014 as a separate business owned by Rowe, Denzinger-Rowe and Guilford. It’s a 13,000-square-foot building directly across the parking lot from the Denzinger Family Dentistry facility.

“We have seen steady revenue growth from it,” said Rowe, “but we didn’t get into it with immediate financial objectives. It was, and still is, much more of a strategic play. From the standpoint of investing and allocating resources, general dentistry still makes more sense. But from a strategic perspective, the sleep apnea practice is incredibly important.”

Last summer, they opened a second office, the Louisville Dental Sleep Medicine clinic on DuPont Circle.

The dental practice has about 65 employees and six more work at the two sleep apnea clinics.

“Opening … in Louisville has given us our first ‘metro’ brand,” Rowe said. “We had always been just a Southern Indiana brand until then. It has been very helpful because many of our referring physicians have offices on both sides of the river and we are now able to accommodate all of those patients. We are also able to be in network with the medical insurances in both states, which is an important part of our strategic plan.”

Without giving specifics, he said the overall business saw “a major increase” with the opening of the Louisville location.

So is that the future of the business?

“We do plan to have more sleep apnea clinics,” said Rowe, “but we don’t see them overtaking the general dentistry part of the practice.”

A tale of two businesses

Rowe said that focusing on sleep is “a window into taking a more complete look at how the use of the mouth affects a person’s total health.”

It also helps create ongoing relationships with physicians, “so we can communicate better about common patients, exchange medical records, provide referrals and insurance benefits.”

“Few dentists are doing these things,” he said, “and we think we are seeing a convergence of dentistry and medicine, which we view as an overwhelming good.”

If the convergence happens, Rowe regards it almost as incidental.

“We don’t see a lot of people coming to us for sleep apnea then joining us as a general dentistry patient,” Rowe said. “Most people already have a dentist, and we want them to know they can come to us simply as a sleep patient. If they need dental help, obviously we can provide that.

“But the objective never really was to drive patients to the practice. It was much more about expanding our services and opening discussions that extend beyond traditional dentistry, to more issues that affect total health and quality of life.”

Whether from the standpoint of financial strategy or holistic health, Rowe said that “in the last five years, our company has more than doubled.” And the sleep apnea practice continues to grow.

“We see hundreds of people a month for sleep apnea,” Rowe said.

An increasing number of those patients are children.

“Sleep apnea knows no age boundaries,” said Denzinger-Rowe. “When children don’t sleep well, they become hyperactive and can’t focus, which becomes misinterpreted as a behavioral issue. But the poor child is merely exhausted.”

She said bed-wetting can also be related to sleep apnea.

“We work closely with pediatric ear, nose and throat doctors,” she said. “All medical specialties are happy to be able to refer back to us. We become part of their bag of tools.”

“They’re appropriately trained for the follow-up treatment,” said Rowe, of his wife and Guilford. “And we also take medical insurance — the docs like that. We’re in a network with Anthem, Humana, Tricare and Medicare. Very few dentists take Medicare, but this is a medical issue.”

“Insurance helps so much because without it people might not follow through on their treatment,” said Denzinger-Rowe. “People will say, ‘Well, it’s just snoring — I can live with that.’ The sad fact is, maybe they can’t.”

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Denver 4th graders start petition to end swearing

DENVER — Usually, it’s the adults telling the kids not to swear. But now it’s the kids scolding the adults.

Fourth grade students at Carson Elementary School in Denver are letting all of us adults know, they don’t like our cursing. “It honestly makes me feel uncomfortable,” said one student.

“I’ve heard adults cursing, and it really just makes me grimace,” said Sonja Hammond-Smith, age 10.

So the class started the Bleeping Campaign to end swearing and they are getting a lot of attention. They’ve made a website, slide show, t-shirts, posters and petitions to stop swearing at sports venues. They are asking the stadiums to create swearing free zones where families will feel comfortable. “It would be much more enjoyable for everybody,” said student Max Resnik.

They haven’t seen any action yet, but these kids did get the Mayor’s attention on Facebook, and their teacher says they’ve learned an important lesson.

“It’s showing the students that they have a voice,” said Karin Larson, 4th grade teacher. Maybe the adults are learning a lesson too!

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Dentist offering free work Friday in Fairview Heights

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL — Need some dental work? How about getting it for free. Smiles by Design is hosting adult free dentistry day from 8am until 12pm.

If you live near Fairview Heights you can participate on a first come first served basis. Patients can choose a free cleaning, filling or extraction at 5953 North Illinois Street.

FREE DENTISTRY DAY is almost here! Those in need can come by Smiles By Design this Friday, April 27th, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to receive a free filling, basic cleaning, or simple extraction!

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Veteran diagnosed with skin cancer after dentist spots mark on face

A routine trip to the dentist last year may have played a key role in saving an Oregon veteran’s life. Shawn Montgomery, who visited the Portland Community College Sylvania Dental Clinic last April, had a small discoloration on his face that concerned his dentist.

Dr. April Love suggested he see a dermatologist about the mark, which turned out to be stage 2 melanoma, Fox 12 reported. Montgomery, who is now cancer-free, wound up having an egg-sized growth removed from his face.

“I was shocked,” he told Fox 12. “It really didn’t hit me until the second procedure until they had to take a large chunk out of my face.”

Montgomery told the news outlet that up until his diagnosis, he didn’t really understand what melanoma was.

“I thought they were just going to take a little snip out of there,” he said.

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Rural Colorado horse owners training to evacuate their animals in case of a wildfire

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KIOWA, Colo. — Colorado’s dry winter has fire officials very concerned about the threat of wildfires – and with good reason: Several have already sparked this spring on the plains.

For many homeowners, one of their priorities is protecting their animals. Dogs and cats are one thing, but evacuating your 1,500-pound horse is another.

That’s why the Douglas Elbert County Horse Council (DECHC) has been holding a preparedness class for homeowners for the past six years.

A large group of residents attended the training at the Kiowa Fairgrounds on Saturday. As part of the training, a volunteer taught horse owners how to quickly and efficiently load their horses.

When seconds matter, efficiency is key.

"That’s the biggest thing we do," said Jan Wehrly with DECHC. "That’s why we do this clinic, is to get people aware that when they get a pre-evac (notice) to get their animals out."

Wehrly said a lot of people own horses as backyard pets and don’t even own a trailer.

"If you have a horse, for God’s sake have a trailer," she said.

The DECHC is comprised of all volunteers who will help take care of horses if they are ever evacuated because of a fire. They just want to make sure the horses are evacuated properly in order to get the assistance they need.

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Free fair concerts include Village People, Lee Greenwood

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The San Diego County Fair’s free concert series will include performances by the Village People, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall and Lee Greenwood.

The Paddock Concert Series offers weeknight concerts that are free with fair admission. There will be 10 concerts in June and July. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are held on the Paddock Stage.

The series will begin with a performance by Refugee, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, on Wednesday, June 6. Formed in 2017 by six seasoned New York musicians who love Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the band plays tribute to the late Tom Petty.

The Village People, featuring Victor Willis, will perform on Thursday, June 7. The Village People have been making music for 40 years with hits like “YMCA” and “Macho Man.” Willis, the original lead singer, has returned to the role for the group’s 40th anniversary.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall will perform on Wednesday, June 13. Alpert rose to fame as a solo artist and as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, has sold over 72 million records and has nine Grammy awards. He is also one of the founders of A&M records, which was one of the largest independent record companies in the world, according to his bio.

Hall made her name as the lead singer of Sergio Mendes’ group, Brasil ’66, singing lead on songs like “Mas Que Nada,” “Fool on the Hill, “Day Tripper” and more. She also sang the title song for the 1983 James Bond film “Never Say Never Again.”

The series continues with the New York Bee Gees, performing on Thursday, June 14. Composed of several musicians from Long Island, the band includes several members or former members of acts including The Alan Parsons Project, Happy Together Tour, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Riot and more, according to the band’s biography.

Fuerza de Tijuana will perform on Wednesday, June 20. This group has been playing Mexican regional music for more than seven years, including hits like “Soy el mismo,” “Voy a pasarla muy bien” and “El Americano.”

Michael Jackson tribute band “Who’s Bad” will perform on Thursday, June 21. This is the longest-running Michael Jackson tribute band and the only one that predates Jackson’s death, according to the band’s biography.

Banda Machos, a Mexican band originally from Villa Corona in the state of Jalisco, will perform on Wednesday, June 27. The band has been together for more than 26 and has recorded over 22 albums. It sings a combination of Banda music, Quebradita and Ranchera.

Blues musicians Jason James will perform on Thursday, June 28. He has opened for a number of well-known musicians, including J. Geils, Rick Derringer, Eddy Clearwater, Roomful of Blues, Big Jack Johnson Ronnie Earl, Bill Kitchen and Taylor Dayne. He has also worked with Jerry Lee Lewis and played guitar for Bo Diddley.

Tito Jackson joins B.B. King’s Blues Band for a performance on Tuesday, July 3. The group will perform songs from the late blues musician, including “The Thrill is Gone,” “Every Day I Have the Blues” and “Why I Sing the Blues.”

The series will conclude with country music icon Lee Greenwood, performing on Wednesday, July 4. Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his name and many chart-topping singles and hits, including “It Turns Me Inside Out” and “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose.” He is also known for writing “God Bless the USA,” which has been voted the most recognizable patriotic song in the United States, according to his bio.

For more information on these and other concerts the San Diego County Fair is presenting, visit sdfair.com.

Email: entertainment@pomeradonews.com

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Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson motivated by trade rumors

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) is stopped by the Los Angeles Chargers in the second half on October 22, 2017 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Photo by Lori Shepler/UPI

Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson told a Denver television station that he will use trade talk to motivate him this season.

Anderson acknowledged that he was aware that he "can be traded at any time" in an interview with KUSA Sunday, a day before the Broncos begin offseason workouts.

"Just focus on me," Anderson said. "Use it as motivation. But I’m going to focus on myself. I still have a job. Try to help my team win games. But at the end of the day, getting shopped around or rumors I was getting traded, I’m going to use it as motivation to show the organization I can still play at a high level."

If the Broncos cut Anderson, they will clear $4.5 million from the salary cap. The chances of that scenario happening would increase if they decide to select a running back in the NFL Draft, which is April 26-28.

Last year, Anderson rushed for 1,007 yards on 245 carries.

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1 person treated after exposure to chemical

GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Several people complained about burning in their throats and eyes after exposure to a chemical Thursday afternoon.

South Metro Fire Rescue responded to 5340 South Quebec Street for around 3 p.m. They determined the irritant was likely a small amount of Potassium Perchlorate. It’s commonly used as an oxidizer in fireworks and other types of pyrotechnics.

One person was taken to the hospital as a precaution due to the exposure.

South Metro Fire Rescue says they’re cleaning up and disposing of the substance. There’s no threat to the surrounding area and they do not believe the incident is suspicious.

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