News briefs for April 15

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Members of Moffat County Youth United Way -- and their counterparts in five other communities -- are working to educate residents about 211 -- the health and human service information hotline.

The campaign is part of a community service project required of members of El Pomar Youth in Community Service.

In exchange, EPYCS groups have a shot at $7,500 annually in El Pomar grants they can use to offer grants themselves to community organizations.

Moffat County's youth accept requests from organizations that serve senior citizens, youth or families.

"This is an excellent learning experience for them and they have fun doing it," Moffat County United Way Executive Director Corrie Scott said.

According to Scott, they chose to market the 211 program because it's a new program in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties. 211 in a hotline people can call for a huge variety of reasons. People can get information on tax assistance agencies, be linked to suicide call lines or find medical resources.

"We just need to do a better job marketing," Scott said. "What better way than to have kids tell the community about it."

Call Scott at 824-6222 to schedule a presentation.

CSU Extension Office To host workshops

If you are excited about getting out in your yard again and would like to learn how to save money, enjoy native plants, use less water, and decrease the amount of work that goes into your yard in the future, then plan to attend a Xeriscaping Workshop being offered by CSU Cooperative Extension, April 19, 26 and May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Moffat County Extension Office. Topics to be covered will include plant selection, mulching, plant grouping, shrubs and ground covers, trees, lawn areas and understanding your soil.

For more information or to register, call 824-9180. Each class costs $20 per household, or $50 for all three sessions.

Craig Rotary Club offers two leadership trainings

The Craig Rotary Club is offering two all-expenses-paid five-day leadership trainings this summer for Craig youths. These programs are action-packed, fun-filled adventures that help build confidence and leadership skills.

Young Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp will be held Aug. 1 to 5 at the Ponderosa Retreat Center in Larkspur. This camp is for current seventh-graders who are interested in making new friends and want to become better leaders.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp is July 31 to Aug. 5 at the YMCA Conference Center in Estes Park. This conference is for current 10th- or 11th-graders who want to participate in team building, motivational speakers, exchange of ideas and leadership development.

For more information and applications, call Kathy Bockelman at Craig Middle School at 824-3289, Paula Duzik at the high school at 824-7036 or Rotarian Marilyn Bouldin at 824-5459. The deadline to apply is April 29.

VNA hosts community health center meetings

The Visiting Nurse Association of Northwest Colorado will host community meetings to present the concept of a community health center to the health-care community and general public. Meetings are at 7 a.m. Friday in Steamboat Springs at the Yampa Valley Medical Center Conference Room 1 and at noon Friday in Craig in The Memorial Hospital Board Room. Everyone is invited. Call Cece Carskey at 879-1632 with questions.

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