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The Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico, will be among about a dozen organizations taking part in a full-scale emergency drill in San Juan County on Wednesday.

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Lightning struck and killed a 24-year-old Durango man around noon on Sunday while he was mountain-biking near the Lizard Head Wilderness Area south of Telluride. The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that John Daniel Huisjen was biking with his girlfriend on the East Fork Trail when a thunderstorm moved in. The couple and other cyclists sought shelter below tree line but Huisjen was hit. An off-duty Telluride EMT started CPR, but life-saving attempts proved unsuccessful. Huisjen’s girlfriend was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

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Motorists are more likely to hit a deer in Utah than in the other Four Corners  states. That’s according to 2016 data compiled by State Farm. Odds of hitting a deer were 1 in 150 in Utah, which was deemed a high-risk state, while Colorado was medium-risk, with odds of 1 in 263. New Mexico and Arizona were judged low-risk states, with odds of 1 in 475 in New Mexico, and 1 in 1,175 in Arizona. Nationwide, the worst state was West Virginia, at 1 in 41.

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An overheating fan motor likely caused the fire that destroyed the Western Excelsior plant in Mancos on Monday.


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Utah’s governor has signed into law the toughest drunk-driving measure in the country.