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

Lee Greenwood

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


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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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Stealth dentistry charges bring in millions for NHS

About half of NHS patients pay for their dentistry

Hundreds of thousands of patients are paying a “stealth tax” when they have an NHS dental checkup, making the government millions of pounds a year.

Within five years NHS patients at a third of surgeries will be paying more than their treatment costs as dental fees continue to rise, an analysis has shown. This will raise £20 million for the government, leading to claims of a “rip-off” tax on treatment.

Just over half of NHS patients pay for their dentistry, with children, pregnant women and those receiving low-income benefits exempt from the charges, which are considerably lower than private treatments.

After charges rose at the weekend, a checkup costs £21.60, fillings and teeth extractions cost £59.10 and complex work such as crowns and bridges costs…

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Dentist Threatens to Report Parents Who Don’t Bring Kids in for Regular Checkups

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Dental care is important for kids. No one is really going to dispute that claim. While young children are going to lose their baby teeth at some point anyway, setting the habits for good oral hygiene is vital.

However, imagine how you would feel if your dentist essentially threatened to report you for neglecting your child if you don’t come in for cleanings according to their schedule? For Trey Hoyumpa, that threat slapped her in the face when she received a letter saying as much.

Hoyumpa then posted it on Facebook for the world to see.

Hoyumpa accuses the practice of some pretty awful things, things which are sketchy enough I’d refuse to let my kids go back with them. Then there’s the letter, which, in part, reads:

According to law, failure to bring your child in for dental care is child neglect. Pennsylvania Act 31 (Child Abuse Reporting and Recognition Requirements) states that health care providers must report your failure to bring your child to the dentist for evaluation and care. A copy of Act 31 is enclosed for your reference. Smiles 4 Keeps has not reported your child’s outstanding treatment as of yet. Since this law is in effect, we hope this letter encourages you schedule an appointment to follow through with needed dental treatment for your child.

Now, let’s take a step back on this for a moment.

Yes, dental care is important. It’s especially important when we’re dealing with something like an abscess or potentially threatening condition, but it’s also important for routine care. I get that. I really do.

However, here’s the text of Act 31. It’s clearly about mandatory reporting, but there’s nothing at all defining neglect to include missing dental cleanings or even routine checkups. It’s merely saying they’re required to report signs of abuse.

Have they seen any?

While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does consider the failure of a parent to provide dental care as a sign of child neglect, even they acknowledge that kids can do just fine without such treatment for some time. What we’re missing here are a couple of key data points. Namely, how delayed the treatment is.

The fact that Smiles 4 Keeps hasn’t actually called the authorities indicates it hasn’t been that long. If it was of a sufficiently long time, they’d be bound by Pennsylvania state law to make a call. They haven’t. They explicitly state they haven’t.

Instead, it looks like they’re just using Act 31 to bully people to come and see them more often, threatening to call child protective services of that county. That’s a problem Considering the other practices alleged, something is seriously amiss.

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