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    Effects of opioids
    American Legion Young Guns program
    Building and real estate update
    Meridian Point Church Country Christmas
 

Frank A. Clark
  Effects of opioids
  Bill Radford

   Prescription opioids, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, are used to treat moderate to severe pain. As the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains on its website, they reduce the perception of pain by attaching to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are found on nerve cells in the brain and elsewhere. The medications can produce a sense of well-being, but they can also cause drowsiness, mental confusion, nausea and constipation.
   
   Opioid use can have other negative effects as well, said Dr. William Lippert, a pain management specialist with Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. Opioids, for example, decrease respiration -- slowing breathing to a deadly level in the case of an overdose. They also can affect hormones, decreasing libido and causing fertility issues, and may act to suppress the immune system, he said.
   Long-term use can lead to hyperalgesia,"a paradoxical response” causing an increased sensitivity to painful stimuli. On the flip side is the problem of tolerance: As time goes on, you need more of the medicine to achieve the same effect.
   
   Anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns; as many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction.
   
   So what's a safe use? "That's the million-dollar question," Lippert said. If someone has a total-knee replacement, which can be very painful post-surgery, and is put on "a legitimate dose" of opioid pain reliever for weeks, there is the potential for getting hooked, he said. If put on opioids for just a couple of days, "I think the risk is almost nil.”
  
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  American Legion Young Guns program
  Submitted by Chip Kossow

   The Young Guns program of the Dane R. Balcon Post 2008 of the Colorado American Legion just completed its first class. The three students were taught gun safety, proper handling and complete instruction on multiple shooting positions using air rifles.
   
   The National Rifle Association made the program possible through a grant to Post 2008 that supplied air rifles and other training equipment. Members of Post 2008, who are NRA certified instructors and range officers, taught the class.
   
   The training program is designed for youth ages 8 to18. The next class is tentatively scheduled for April. Look for information on Facebook for the Falcon American Legion Post and local community pages.
  
Three students from the Young Guns program of the Falcon Dane R. Balcon Post 2008 graduated from a class that provided gun safety and handling instructions, sponsored by an NRA grant: front row from left to right — Jennifer Kendig, Michelle Houchin, Melanie Outten and Cade Carney; back row men from left to right — Jeff Kohr, Max Heimer, Chip Kossow and James Kendig. Photo submitted
 
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  Building and real estate update
  By Lindsey Harrison

   Tiny houses
   The El Paso County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved a request to amend the EPC land development code to address recent interest regarding tiny houses. The amendments include the following:
  • Adding definitions of recreational vehicle, park unit and tiny house to Chapter 1
  • Modification of the definition of recreational vehicle park in Chapter 1
  • Amendment of the recreational vehicle park district standards in Chapter 4 to remove any reference to “temporary stay”
  • Modification of principle use table 5-1 to allow “tiny house, recreational vehicle park” and “tiny house, single lot” in the A-35 agricultural, A-5 agricultural, RR-5 residential rural, R-T residential topographic, F-5 forestry, MHP mobile home park, MHS mobile home subdivision, and MHPR mobile home park rural zoning districts
  • Adding use-specific standards for “tiny house, recreational vehicle park” and “tiny house, single lot”
  • Modification of the use-specific standards for a guest-house to allow for tiny houses
  • Modification of the development standards for temporary housing in Chapter 5 to include the use of tiny houses

   According to documents submitted to the EPC planning commission Nov. 7, the changes to the LDC were prompted by frequent inquiries the county received regarding regulations and allowances for tiny houses since the March 14 hearing on the Simpson Tiny Home variance-of-use request.
   
   St. Benedict’s Catholic Church
   The commissioners approved the final release of funds for grading and erosion control at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church for $12,037.75. All improvements have been completed and inspected.
   
   Bennett channel drainage improvement project
   The BOCC approved a non-exclusive permanent easement and real property donation from property owned by Daniel and Tia Ferguson Family, LLLP, in relation to the Bennett Channel Drainage Improvement Project.
   
   Santa Fe Springs
   The commissioners unanimously approved a map amendment to rezone the seven Santa Fe Springs PUDs from PUD to A-35 agricultural zoning. The property is located south of Judge Orr Road and east of Curtis Road and consists of 76 parcels, totaling 6,419.12 acres.
   
   Park-n-Ride
   The BOCC approved a contract amendment to the intergovernmental agreement between the county and the Colorado Department of Transportation for the Park-n-Ride facility at Highway 24 and Meridian Road. The original IGA, approved in 2009, included lighting, curb and gutter, sidewalks, handicap ramps, parking lanes and landscaping for the facility. The amendment adds construction of the extension of New Meridian Road from Highway 24 to Falcon Highway and improvements to the intersections of Old Meridian Road and Highway 24 and New Meridian Road and Highway 24. Those improvements include removing the traffic signal at Old Meridian Road and Highway 24 and converting access control at this location to a right-in/right-out configuration, and also completing the intersection of New Meridian Road and Highway 24 as a signalized intersection with adequate turn lanes at all approaches.
   
   Construction on the project is anticipated to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2019.
   
   The Trails in Latigo
   The commissioners approved a two-year extension of time to record the final plat requested by Falcon Latigo LLC for The Trails in Latigo Filings 9 and 10.
   
   Filing 9 consists of 191.23 acres, and is located at the southwest corner of the intersection of Eastonville Road and Latigo Boulevard. Filing 10 consists of 96.45 acres, and is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Eastonville Road and Latigo Boulevard. Both filings are zoned residential rural.
  
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  Meridian Point Church Country Christmas

   On Dec. 1 and Dec. 2, Meridian Point Church held the third annual Country Christmas. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which featured 25-plus craftsmen and several food trucks.
   

   
  
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