News briefs for Sept. 29

In true "American Idol"format, audience members will vote for their favorites during a show Feb. 5 at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Teens ages 14 to 18 are encouraged to pick up applications for auditions from the MCHS Music Room or from Ivy Davis. Call Ivy at 824-5746. Audition applications are due Oct 5. Auditions will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 18 at Sunset Elementary School. You may sing a cappella or bring your own accompaniment. 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. Call 824-5746 or 824-8326.

State reports increase in cases of whooping cough
Colorado Department of Health is reporting a record number of reported pertussis cases in Colorado
By 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 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 Mine 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 Friday at an annual awards ceremony at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The Colorado Environmental Leadership program, created in 1998, encourages pollution prevention and environmental responsibility among businesses and municipalities throughout the state.

Community coat drive
covers a new season
The Community coat drive, sponsored by Love Inc. of Yampa Valley, announces distribution locations, dates and times: Hayden Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson St., will distribute coats from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 4, 7, 11,and 14.
Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig will distribute coats from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Fridays beginning Oct. 18 through Nov. 5 and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
People who would like to donate a coat can take it 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.

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