Briefs for April 4

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture is urging Northwest Colorado sheep and goat producers to attend a workshop about genetic testing for resistance or susceptibility to scrapie. Scrapie can have devastating effects on a flock if not contained. Through genetic testing, the disease can be limited.

Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats. There is no cure or treatment. Symptoms include weight loss, behavioral changes, loss of coordination, itching and rubbing and weakness. It is estimated that U.S. producers incur between $20 and $25 million annually because of the disease.

The workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Colorado State University Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Topics of discussion will include scrapie disease, genetic testing of rams and ewe lambs, scrapie tagging rules and national animal identification.

For information, call Ed Kline at (303) 249-0685 or the extension office at 824-9180.

Free KOA camping offered May 12

Gordon and Christina Garant and Patricia McCaffrey of the Craig KOA Kampground will be offering free camping to the public on Friday, May 12 as part of KOA's third annual Come Camp With Us Day event. A limited supply of KOA Kamping Kabins also will be available.

Experienced campers can take advantage of the free opportunity to bring their recreational vehicles and prepare them for the summer camping season. Donation boxes will be available in KOA stores for KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. Funds raised will be used to send them to one of 34 special summer camps around North America. Go online to www.koa.com to make reservations.

Farm Bureau gives safety seminar Monday

The Moffat and Routt county Farm Bureaus are having a motor carrier safety and regulatory seminar at 7 p.m. Monday at the Colorado State University Moffat County extension office, 539 Barclay St.

The purpose of this open forum is to talk about issues relating to the federal and state motor carrier safety regulations, agricultural requirements and exemptions and safety regulations concerning reflectors and load limits, as well as Colorado Department of Transportation regulations and port of entry regulations for agricultural haulers.

Safety materials will be available at a reduced price.

Sgt. Mark Savage of the Colorado motor carrier safety division of Colorado State Patrol will present information.

For information, call Shirley Lawton at 824-3338, or Richard Connell at (970) 242-5590 or (970) 216-2041, or e-mail him at rconnell@colofb.com.

Scholarships available for bilingual students

Seventy-five $2,000 scholarships are available for Spanish-speaking, bicultural high school students who want to pursue careers in the health care industry.

The scholarships, funded by the PacifiCare Foundation, are offered on behalf of the UnitedHealthcare Latino Health Scholars program, which helps educate and encourage Hispanic and Latino students to pursue career opportunities in health care.

High-school seniors with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and who are fluent in Spanish and English are eligible. Applicants must show proof of acceptance into a university, community college or accredited technical college and must be enrolled in an approved healthcare program at the time they receive the scholarship. Applications are due May 29 and are available online at www.pacificarelatino.com.

"The Office of Minority Health cites a nationwide shortage of bilingual and bicultural health care professionals and calls for improvements in recruiting and retaining minority students into health care professions," said Russell Bennett, vice president of Latino Health Solutions at UnitedHealthcare.

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