News briefs for Oct. 4

Great for beginners or novice players, this program will have the basic instructions on how to skate and play hockey. All ages, including adults, are welcome. The fee for the Introduction to Skating and Hockey program is $25 and includes protective equipment. Skates will be available for $1 a session. Adult protective equipment is limited. You may register at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department, 300 W. Fourth St., or call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Loni Cleverly at 824-8324.

Meth task force meets at Tuesday at City Hall
The meth task force meets at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Craig City Hall. Members of the task force include Craig Mayor Dave DeRose, Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele and Annette Gianinetti, an administrative assistant in the Moffat County Sheriff's Office. Community members are encouraged to attend with ideas for awareness and funding.

Therapy Dog program screen classes are today
The Heeling Friends therapy dog program for The Memorial Hospital will conduct candidate team screening classes today. The classes will be in Steamboat Springs and are mandatory for anyone who wishes to join the group with a dog. There will be a carpooling option from Craig for interested members. The purpose of the classes is to inform candidates and prepare them for the entry tests.
To be eligible, dogs must be at least 1 year old and have lived with the owner for at least six months. Candidate packets are available now, and candidates will be asked to pass the Canine Good Citizen test before moving on to the Delta Society Pet Partners test for therapy animals. For more information or to receive a candidate's packet, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

Hayden Rec sponsors English riding seminar
The Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring an English riding seminar through the Downvalley Pony Club. The seminar will give riders exposure to English riding technique and style Saturday mornings on Oct. 16, 23 and 30 at the indoor area in the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden. The cost is $86 a person. Multiple child discounts and scholarships are available. Riders may bring their own ponies or ride available gentle, experienced ponies. Helmets are provided. Class times are scheduled according to age group. Call Becky Thayer at 824-0311 for more information or to register.

Auditions for 'Teen Idol' show are due Tuesday
In true "American Idol" show format, the audience will vote for their favorites during a show Feb. 5 at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Boys and girls ages 14 through 18 are encouraged to pick up applications for auditions from the MCHS Music Room or from Ivy Davis at 824-5746. Audition applications are due Tuesday. Auditions will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 18 at Sunset Elementary School. You may sing a capella or bring accompaniment. Six finalist will be picked by a committee from the Sweet Adeline's Choir. Cash awards for finalists at the Teen Idol show in February are $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place. Call 824-5746 or 824-8326.

Number of whooping cough cases is on rise
Colorado Department of Health is reporting a record number of pertussis cases in Colorado.
As of Sept. 22, 508 pertussis (whooping cough) cases have been reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. At that rate, Colorado is headed for the highest number of pertussis cases since 1956.
Pertussis is a bacterial infection that is spread by respiratory droplets and contact with respiratory secretions. Symptoms of pertussis usually develop seven to 10 days after exposure (range is five to 21 days). The disease begins with a cough that progressively becomes more severe until the person develops coughing fits. Vomiting, breathlessness, a change in facial color and a whooping sound may follow the coughing fits. Fever is absent or minimal.
The DtaP vaccine shortage is over and the Colorado Board of Health reinstated the fourth and fifth dose DtaP school immunization requirement. Studies indicate that the acellular pertussis vaccine is 80 percent to 85 percent effective. The pertussis vaccine is not licensed for use in individuals older than 6, and the pertussis immunity wanes with time. Thus, vaccinated adolescents and adults may be susceptible to pertussis.
Report pertussis cases that are lab positive and/or clinically diagnosed to your local health department or the CDPHE 1-800-866-2759.

Trapper Mining honored for environmental efforts
Trapper Mine has been recognized by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for outstanding environmental achievements.
Reduced waste streams, less emissions and implementation of a variety of pollution prevention methods and technologies that benefit the environment link more than 30 Colorado individuals, businesses and organizations recognized at an annual awards ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Trapper Mining Inc. of Craig has undertaken a series of voluntary efforts to improve mine reclamation in sediment control, plant community biodiversity, water development and wildlife habitat and response. Trapper Mining has reclaimed 3,361 acres of mined lands. The company has been recognized as one of the three best examples of successful reclamation in the nation and recently receive the Office of Surface Mining Good Neighbor Award to signify well-developed community relations
The Colorado Environmental Leadership program, created in 1998, encourages pollution prevention and environmental responsibility among businesses and municipalities throughout the state. Program eligibility requires the creation of verifiable environmental management systems, continual environmental improvement goals, community outreach efforts and environmental compliance audit programs.
Businesses, community groups, government agencies and other organizations can be nominated for an award in recognition of one or more significant environmental achievements.

Community Coat Drive covers a new season
The Community Coat Drive, sponsored by Love Inc. of Yampa Valley, announces some of the distribution locations, dates and times for used coats collected and cleaned during the drive. Volunteers will be available to assist people as they come in for a coat. Anyone who needs a coat may come to any distribution site and get a free coat regardless of income. The only rule is one coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for their children.
Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson St., will host coat distribution days from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday and Oct. 11 and 14.
The second distribution site will be hosted by the Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Fridays beginning Oct. 18 through Nov. 5 and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays.
People who would like to donate a coat for the coat drive can take the coat directly to Lloyd's Cleaners, 552 Breeze St., in Craig anytime until Oct 20. Call Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Voting help available for people with disabilities
Do you want to vote in the presidential election this year? Are you registered? Have you not voted because you can't get to the polling place, or read the ballot and are embarrassed to ask for help? Do you know where or how to register or where or how to vote?
Voting is our most fundamental right as Americans. Don't miss your chance to vote. The Independent
Life Center can help you register and help you vote. We remove the barriers to voting. If you want help with voting or needed information call Dave at 826-0833. We can help in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Crisis Support Services seeks on-call volunteers
Advocates -- Crisis Support Services is looking for on-call hotline volunteers for the domestic violence and sexual assault program. Forty hours of training are required and will start today.
If you want to make a difference, call Karen at 824-9709.

Sunrise Kids offers free lead poisoning workshop
Sunrise Kids LLC Preschool and Child Care is hosting a free workshop to address the dangers and prevention of childhood lead poisoning from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 700 School St. David Willer, environmental protection specialist with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, will speak about the symptoms of lead poisoning, its effects and prevention measures.
Children are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults, and it is estimated that as many as one child in every classroom has elevated blood-lead levels.
Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems. At very high levels, seizures, comas and even death can result.
Effects may persist beyond childhood.
To learn how to prevent lead poisoning, attend the workshop. Call 824-9307.

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