News briefs for Jan. 7

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The city of Craig Animal Control Department's annual pet vaccination and license clinic will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in the building under the grandstands.
Law requires rabies vaccinations and city licenses and this is a great time to protect pets at a reduced cost. For more information, call Kathie Johnson at the Craig Police Department at 826-2374.
The Humane Society of Moffat County will be hosting a pet food and supply drive at the vaccination/license clinic. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the Humane Society table.
Also, the Western Agility Group of Northwest Colorado will attend and will hand out information on testing dogs to earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate. They will offer testing that day.

Monetary quit help
available for smokers
Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
This year is no exception, and Colorado's free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
For a limited time, the Colorado Quitline, 1-800-639-QUIT (7848), will offer $5 mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 and older. The coupons will be distributed until the supply is depleted, so call early.
If you have questions about this offer, call Judy Hiester, Tobacco Prevention Program coordinator for the Northwest Colorado VNA, at 879-1632 or 824-8233.

Coloring and poster
contest set for Jan. 15
On Jan. 15, the VFW Post 4265, 419 East Victory Way, will host a coloring contest for grades 1, 2, 3 and 4, upstairs from 9 to 11 a.m. Crayons and coloring pages will be provided, though participants may want to bring their own crayons.
They also will host a poster contest for grades 5,6,7 and 8 upstairs from 9 to 11 a.m. Colored pencils and markers will be provided. Participants must bring their own poster boards no larger that 18x24 inches or bring their finished posters. Parents or guardians must be with the students to sign forms. Rules for the contest have been given to CMS and CIS. Call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Health officials lift
flu shot restrictions
Information about where to obtain flu shots can be obtained on the state Department of Public Health's Web site at www.immunizecolorado.com, or by calling (303) 692-2633 in the Denver metropolitan area or 1-888-692-0269 statewide to hear a recorded list of flu clinics in various sections of the state. The Web site is maintained by the Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Coalition of which the Department of Public Health and Environment's Flu Program is a member.
Individuals who can receive the flu shot include:
n General public.
Categories of at-risk individuals include:
n All children ages 6 to 23 months.
n Adults ages 65 and older.
n People ages 2 to 65 with underlying chronic medical conditions such as heart disease.

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