Two dead, 20 hurt
in mining accident

Two workers were killed and 20 others injured in a mining accident near the southwestern Colorado town of Ouray.

Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said the sheriff’s office was called to the Revenue Virginius mine about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. The miners were trapped underground, and the dead were confirmed Sunday afternoon.

Star Mine Operations, which owns the mine, could not be reached for comment, but Whitmore said the company has accounted for all of the workers.

She said 20 people were taken to hospitals, and all but two have been treated and released. The circumstances of the accident and the workers’ conditions were not released.

— Associated Press

New Mexico
Albuquerque voting
on late-term abortions

A city in one of the poorest states in the nation has become the abortion debate’s latest battlefield and a testing ground for whether abortion limits can be imposed on the local level.

Early voting had begun in Albuquerque for an election Tuesday that will decide whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Although similar bans have been passed by state legislatures, New Mexico’s largest city is believed to be the first municipality in the country to place such an initiative on a local ballot.

The “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance,” which needs a majority to pass, would have statewide impact because the only late-term abortion providers in the state are in Albuquerque. Women living out of state fly in for this type of care, said Micaela Cadena, policy director at Young Women United, which is fighting the measure.

— Los Angeles Times

Man charged in delay
of treatment for sons

A man was charged with child cruelty after he walked his two sons more than a mile to a friend’s home after a car crash, delaying medical treatment for injuries including broken bones, state police said.

Investigators said Justin Galenski’s two sons, ages 4 and 9, did not receive medical attention until the day after the crash on a snow-covered road the night of Nov. 12. Police said Galenski and his sons walked to the home of a friend of Galenski’s, a registered nurse.

Police were contacted the following day by the boys’ mother, who was concerned about the delayed treatment. Injuries included concussions, a broken arm and a broken clavicle, police said.

Galenski, 40, of Fairlee, was charged Saturday and is due in court next month. He said Sunday that he loves his sons and that the crash was an accident. State police said they received a report of a car crashing into a tree in Strafford on Nov. 12 but that the vehicle had been removed by the time troopers arrived.

— Associated Press