That latest number includes two new fatalities that were announced Thursday and at least three presumed deaths. The Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is reporting 143 people missing from Boulder and Larimer Counties and three more counties that are eligible for individual disaster assistance from FEMA.
On Thursday, the Boulder County Coroner’s Office announced that a body found in a St. Vrain drainage area was identified as 80-year-old Gerald Boland, a longtime Lyons basketball coach and math teacher. Boland was the fourth flooding death reported in Boulder County.
“Obviously we’re never happy when we find another fatality, but considering everything that’s happened it’s been a relief that it’s not hundreds,” Gabrielle Boerkircher, spokeswoman for the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management, told Reuters.
Boland had reportedly already reached an evacuation center safely, but went back to look for his wife who was evacuating separately. She was rescued from her car, which had been caught in the floodwaters, but Boland never made it.
Nineteen-year-old couple Wesley Quinlan and Wiyanna Nelson were remembered by their friends and family on the “Today” show earlier this week. Quinlan had tried to save Nelson when she was suddenly swept downstream by the fast-moving floods as the couple and their friends were trying to head for safety. The two friends who were with Quinlan and Wiyanna survived.
The body of Joseph Howlett, 72, was also discovered this week in his Jamestown home that had caved in with 12 feet of rocks and mud. Authorities say he died when the flooding first began but were not able to immediately reach his body.
Three people in Larimer County are presumed dead: a 46-year-old man whose home was washed away in Drake, who is not being identified, and Patty Goodwine, 61, and Evelyn Starner, 79, who went missing in the Cedar Cove area of Big Thompson Canyon.
In El Paso County, the body of Danny Davis, 54, was found on Sept. 12 in Fountain Creek and on Monday the body of James Bettner, 47, was found in Sand Creek.
The body of Carroll White, 83, was also discovered Monday in Clear Creek. He had reportedly been standing on the bank when it gave way and was swept into the river.
Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura had been tried three times before and sentenced to up to 30 years in prison, but his lawyers appealed and the Supreme Court annulled Moura’s latest conviction. The high court said he wasn’t given enough time to prepare his defense during the 2010 trial. The state prosecutor’s office said the 43-year-old Moura is in the same prison he’s been held in since 2010.
Local media quoted Stang’s brother David, who was present at the trial, as saying: “Justice has been made. I am very happy.”
Phone calls and an emailed request for comment from David Stang went unanswered Friday.
Prosecutors contend that Moura and another rancher hired gunmen to kill Stang. The defense said there wasn’t enough evidence linking Moura to the crime and planned to appeal.
After beginning Thursday morning, the lightning-quick trial ended late that night in a state court in Belem, the capital of the violence-wracked Amazonian state of Para. State prosecutors said the trial moved quickly because it was Moura’s fourth and most of the legal processes had been taken care of in previous trials.
Regivaldo Galvao, another rancher also charged with planning Stang’s murder, was sentenced to a 30-year jail term in 2010. Last year, the Supreme Court ordered his release, saying he had the right to remain free pending the outcome of his appeal process.
Earlier this year, Stang’s confessed killer was released from prison after serving less than nine of the 27 years he was sentenced to. A Para state judge said Rayfran das Neves Sales was entitled to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.
Another man charged with taking part in Stang’s killing is in prison, and a fifth suspect is at large.
Stang was born in Dayton, Ohio, and spent three decades trying to preserve the rain forest and defend the rights of poor settlers who confronted powerful ranchers seeking their lands in the Amazon’s wild frontier. Stang was gunned down with six shots fired at close range from a revolver.
The northern Brazilian state of Para is notorious for land-related violence, contract killings, slave-like labor conditions and wanton environmental destruction.
More than 1,200 activists, small farmers, judges, priests and others have been killed over attempts to preserve the rain forest in the last two decades, according to the Catholic Land Pastoral, a watchdog group that tracks rural violence in Latin America’s largest nation.
The killings are mostly carried out by gunmen hired by loggers, ranchers and farmers to silence protests over illegal logging and land rights. Yet killings over land are seldom punished.
1973: Out tennis player Billie Jean King squared off against Bobby Riggs in what the press dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes.” King when on to defeat Riggs and made history for women in sports.
1996: President Bill Clinton announced he would be signing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) into law, thus making marriage federally recognized as being only between one man and one woman. At the time Clinton stated, “…this legislation should not, despite the fierce and at times divisive rhetoric surrounding it, be understood to provide an excuse for discrimination, violence or intimidation against any person on the basis of sexual orientation.” (Yeah, right!) Clinton later flipped on the issue, and stated he regretted signing DOMA into law.
2011: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the ruling that kept lesbian, gay and bisexual people from openly serving in the military, was repealed.
(h/t to Policymic).
As you wrap up another workday, the last thing you may be inclined to do is sit there and think about what happened. But if you want a more relaxing, stress-free evening, reflecting on the good stuff will go a long way.
Findings from a study published in the Academy of Management Journal suggest that taking just a few minutes to reflect positively on the events of the day led to decreased stress — and a healthier, more relaxed evening. Melissa Korn notes in the Wall Street Journal:
It’s no surprise that positive thinking can ease tension. But it might prove more practical than employers’ current approaches for fighting workplace stress, such as offering flexible work arrangements or creating a new org chart that doesn’t actually change daily life at the office, says Theresa Glomb, a work and organizations professor at University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and co-author of the report.
The experts at meQuilibrium teach that attempting to minimize or shrink stress isn’t enough. You get stronger by flexing your attention muscle — and controlling where it goes. And while the idea isn’t to repress or ignore the bad stuff, it’s well worth taking the time to acknowledge the good.
Here’s three ways to put this into practice before you head home.
1. Don’t let one bad event rule the day. Every day has them: an awkward or uncomfortable moment with a coworker, a dressing down by the boss, a slip-up. It happens. But if you let that one moment define the day, you’re doing what we call “magnifying” — or exaggerating aspects of a situation and underestimating others. Recognize the discomfort — and identify what good may come out of it. For every one less-than-stellar moment, think of two other good things that happened. And they don’t have to be career changing. Having a great lunch with a friend counts. (Read more about how thinking traps trip you up.)
2. Ask yourself why. Glomb told Korn that while listing good things is key, “the real impact comes from writing down why those things led to good feelings. That act highlights the resources and support a person has in their work life — such as skills, a good sense of humor, an encouraging family or a compassionate boss.” If you felt positive about a meeting you had with a colleague, why? Was it because the exchange felt energized and promising, or was just a lot less painful than you expected? Maybe you felt productive, appreciated. Identify the why and you extend the benefits of the reflection.
3. Make it a habit. Okay, you did it! Now the key is to do this tomorrow. And the next day. Decide what you can do to make this ritual simple, quick, and meaningful. What tools appeal to you? Perhaps you love jotting things down in your Moleskine notebook (I do love the feel of a roller pen across those smooth pages).
If you’re digitally inclined, there are loads of productivity apps out there. But one I have personally used for years is iDoneThis — it’s the inverse of a to-do list. Your to-DONE list is where you put in what you got done today. The web interface is refreshingly simple and plain. It shoots you an email at whatever time of day you like, and asks you to take five minutes to jot down what you got done. Reply to the email and it populates the cloud-based calendar on your computer or handheld app. Or you can input in the app directly. (You can also use this tool to track team accomplishments.) Don’t forget to add the “why” or a line or two about why this matters, to get the full benefit of the day’s reflection.
Building balanced awareness of your day also matters. And that’s why another thing worth doing is noting where your emotions and mood take you off the rails (which undoubtedly results in the less-than-stellar moments). Check out meQ’s own app, which is designed to let you track your moods and emotions throughout the day. When you’re aware of where things go awry, you’ll be more capable of addressing them — and feeling better about it.
Jan Bruce is CEO and co-founder of meQuilibrium, http://www.mequilibrium.com, the new digital coaching system for stress, which helps both individuals and corporations achieve measurable results in stress management and wellness.
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Researchers Yuna L. Ferguson of Knox College and Kennon M. Sheldon of the University of Missouri found in two experiments that you can actually think your way to bliss.
In the first experiment, 167 college students listened to Copland’s “Rodeo,” which is considered “happy” music. They were divided up into two groups: One was instructed to make a conscious effort to feel happier, while the other group was “asked to avoid exerting a conscious effort to increase their mood and to relax and passively observe their natural reactions instead,” researchers wrote in the study.
Researchers found that the study participants who were instructed to try to feel happy, in addition to listening to the happy music, experienced the most elevated moods after listening to the music.
‘This demonstrates that the combination of intentions and proper method is important in raising positive mood,” they wrote in the study.
The second experiment took place over a longer period of time, and involved having 68 college students listen to various types of “positive” music over the course of two weeks. Similar to the first experiment, researchers split the participants into two groups: one was told to focus on being happier while the other wasn’t told to make a decided effort to try to be happier. Again, the group of people told to focus on making themselves happier reported greater boosts in well-being than those who weren’t given such instructions.
Trying to be happy, the research suggests, could be an effective way to achieve the numerous health benefits that come with greater well-being and a more positive life outlook. Happiness has been associated with improved physical and mental health, greater relationship satisfaction, lower rates of disease and increased longevity.
Conversely, sustained anger and other negative emotions can take a significant toll on physical and mental health. A 2012 University of Granada study found that a pessimistic or fatalistic attitude toward the past, present or future is associated with lower quality of life and a more negative perception of a person’s own health.
But the researchers also found that good intentions alone are not enough to boost happiness — they must be supported by other activities that support positive well-being. Couple your desire for happiness with research-backed positivity-boosters like exercise, sleep and social interaction to elevate your mood and improve your outlook on life.
“While we may not be able to change our genetic makeup or specific life circumstances,” the study’s authors conclude, “we may be able to direct our intentional behavior in such ways that are beneficial to our well-being.”
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