News briefs for Jan. 10

Craig Performing Arts Project will hold auditions for its first production, "Something's Afoot," a murder mystery musical, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig. Cast auditions are for four women and six men.
All are singing roles. Please come with a prepared song and sheet music or tape/CD accompaniment. Actors may audition with a prepared monologue or a cold reading from the play. Scripts and character descriptions are available at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries before auditions.
Callbacks and auditions for actors unable to come to the first audition will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Center of Craig. Call the library at 824-5116.

Diamonds & Spurs
fund-raiser set for Jan. 29
The Craig Rotary Club will host the fourth annual Diamonds & Spurs fund-raising dinner dance. The event is at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
This popular community event is a great opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of fine food, dancing and fellowship.
The dinner will be catered by Halandras Catering, and the menu will include a variety of options.
Local disc jockey Tracy Lawton will play classic rock, oldies and country tunes until midnight.
Tickets are $60 a person, and corporate tables are available to accommodate between eight and 10 people. Ticket holders must be at least 21 to attend, and this will be a nonsmoking event.
Ticket proceeds benefit the Moffat County High School Scholarship Fund and other local Rotary charities.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Marilyn Bouldin at 824-1119 or Sam Johnston at 824-7031.

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 be offering $5 mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be included in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are ages 18 and older. The coupons will be distributed until the supply is depleted,, so call early.
If smokers have questions about this offer, they can call Judy Hiester, Tobacco Prevention Program coordinator for the Northwest Colorado VNA, at 879-1632 or 824-8233.

Coloring and poster
contest set for Saturday
On Saturday, the VFW Post 4265, 419 East Victory Way, will host a coloring contest for grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 upstairs from 9 a.m. 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.a.m. 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. Cookies and beverages will be served. Rules for the contest have been given to CMS and CIS. Call Dora Watson at 824-2251.

Health officials lift
flu-shot restrictions

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Douglas H. Benevento has announced that restrictions on the use of the flu vaccine in the state have been lifted.
It's not too late to get a shot and be protected this year from the flu. These shots will be provided from the limited, scattered supply of flu vaccine available in Colorado.
Information about where to obtain flu shots can be obtained on the department'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 between the ages of 2 and 65 with underlying chronic medical conditions such as heart disease; lung diseases, including asthma; diabetes; kidney disease; blood disease; or are immune compromised as a result of infection or medications they are required to take.
n Women who are pregnant during the flu season.
n Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
n Children ages 24 months to 18 years who are on chronic aspirin therapy.
n Health-care workers who come into direct contact with patients.
n Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months.

Help available for people with emergency needs
The Colorado State Department of Human Services is under an order of District Court Judge John W. Coughlin to assure timely case processing for clients with emergency needs.
If any client who has submitted an application and all required verification for food assistance, Medicaid, Colorado Works, old-age pension, aid to needy, disabled or long-term care is not approved or denied within 45 days of application and is in an emergency situation defined below, The Colorado Department of Human Services will force a payment within five working days despite the computer system's inability to generate a payment if all eligible criteria has been met.
Emergency situations include:
n Immediate hunger
n Client is without medication or medical treatment when such absence endangers the applicant' or recipients' health or life
n Client is without shelter or is facing imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure.
n Client is without utilities or is at imminent risk of utility shut-off.
n Client is facing any other circumstance that puts the applicant or recipient in imminent peril of physical injury, harm or extreme hardship.
The Moffat County Department of Social Services closely monitors all applications that are past the 45 day limit. As of Dec. 30, 52 applications are overdue.
If anyone applied 45 days ago or more and eligibility has not been determined or is a recipient whose benefits have been reduced, terminated or suspended in error and is one of the emergency situations listed above, they may call 1-800-536-5298 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also may call the local department at 824-8282.

Ten free trees available from Arbor Day group
Ten free flowering trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during January.
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Feb.1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book with information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31, or go online to arborday.org.

'Family Connections'
for teens, parents begins
The Moffat County School District and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are offering an exciting new award-winning program called Creating Lasting Family Connections. The program is designed to improve self-esteem and communication skills and help youths be successful by learning to stand up for themselves and avoid alcohol and drugs.
The program is available to CMS students and their parents. The cost is free and meets at the School Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays until Feb. 8. Call Westley du Pont at 824-1022 or Cindy Biskup at 824-5752.

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