News briefs for Oct. 5

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This week is Fire Prevention Week. Make sure to test smoke alarms throughout residences and businesses. Craig Rural Fire Protection District, 419 Yampa Ave., will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Planned activities include a smoke detector class, hands-on fire extinguisher class, free hot dogs and soft drinks, blood pressure checks and fun activities for children.

Youth hockey hosts
intro to skating program
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 will be $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 today at Craig City hall
The meth task force will meet at 3:30 p.m. today 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.

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. Cost is $86 a person. Multiple child discounts and scholarships are available. Riders may bring their own ponies or use gentle, experienced ponies available. Helmets are provided. Class times are scheduled according to age group. Call Becky Thayer at 824-0311 for more information or to register.

Applications for Teen Idol auditions are due today
In true "American Idol" show format the audience will vote for their favorites during a show to be held February 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, 824-5746. Audition applications are due today. 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 if needed. Six finalists will be picked by a committee from the Sweet Adeline's Choir. Cash awards for finalists at the Teen Idol show in February will be $250 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third place. For more information, 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 the current 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 to 85 percent effect. The pertussis vaccine is not licensed for use in individuals over the age of six years and the pertussis immunity wanes over 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 at 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 awards ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Trapper Mining 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 Colorado Environmental Leadership programencourages 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.

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