Briefs for June 18

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Colorado State Patrol to increase enforcement in highway work zones for the duration of the summer.

The increased enforcement is part of the Slow for the Cone Zone campaign, which is designed to eliminate unsafe driving practices and reduce fatalities in construction and maintenance work zones.

Last year's Slow for the Cone Zone overtime resulted in 1,839 citations. Thirteen were for DUIs, and more than 1,300 were written for "hazardous violations," which include unsafe driving practices such as speeding, ignoring traffic control devices and improper lane changes.

Work zone safety enforcement activities will be increased in the following Western Slope road areas: I-70 through the No Name Tunnel and I-70 between Rifle and Silt.

Elections under way for YVEA directors

Elections are under way for the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors.

Members of the cooperative should have received ballots in the mail this week, YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said. Ballots may be cast at the association's annual meeting at 10 a.m. today in the Hayden High School auditorium.

There are two contested races this year.

In District 2, which encompasses parts of Moffat County north and west of Craig, Lynn Bower is challenging incumbent Franklin "Pud" Stetson. Bower and Stetson both live in Moffat County.

The open seat in District 6 is also up for grabs. District 6 is in Routt County north of Steamboat Springs.

Wayne Adamo, John Chapman, Bill Haight, Tim McCarthy and Jo Semotan are running for the District 6 seat.

Chappell said the board of directors serves a variety of functions for YVEA.

"The board of directors sets policy and procedures and oversees the financial condition of the association," he said.

Information sought

on endangered places

Colorado Preservation Inc. is seeking information on Colorado's endangered places.

The Denver-based historical preservation society is compiling a list of the most endangered buildings and neighborhoods in the state.

Sites that make the list will receive statewide publicity and technical assistance from Colorado Preservation.

The deadline for submission is Aug. 1. For a nomination form, visit www.coloradopreservation.org or call (303) 893-4260.

Memorial fund set up for Gotwald's children

A memorial fund has been established at Bank of the West in memory of Kenny Gotwald. Proceeds from the fund will benefit Gotwald's children, Rachel and Mikie. Call Earlita Ross at 824-0365.

Donate items for July's Hayden Summerfest

The Hayden Recreation Board is seeking vendors of arts, crafts, children's items and garden items for the fourth annual Hayden Valley Summerfest, to be held July 2.

Vendors must have or apply for a Colorado state sales tax license and a Hayden sales tax license. Call Lindsay at 276-3741.

Help available to assist smokers with quitting

At 19.6 percent, Colorado has the fourth lowest smoking rate for men in the United States. Nationally, 24.1 percent of men smoke, which costs the United States $54.3 billion a year for health care-related treatment. In Colorado, 322,000 men smoke, and state health care-related treatment costs exceed $730 million a year.

Despite this encouraging low state ranking for male smokers, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Tobacco Prevention Program continues to encourage smokers to quit.

For some men, Father's Day can be an incentive to quit smoking. It's one of the best gifts a man can give to his family and he can lean on his family for support through the quitting process.

For Fathers and others who want to quit smoking, the English or Spanish Colorado Quitline at 1-800-639-QUIT (7848) and the Colorado QuitNet, at www.co.quitnet.com offer smoking cessation services free of charge.

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