Briefs for Oct. 30

Donate, save a life

This Halloween, Craig Intermediate School students will trick or treat for UNICEF, and with hopes of providing children around the world with necessary things they don't have -- water, nutrition, immunizations, and education.

CIS students are asking community residents to donate pennies to the cause. They ask that, when visiting homes on Halloween, residents leave a bowl of pennies by the door. The pennies will be placed inside orange boxes. Donation boxes are also available at local businesses.

VNA hosts free flu

vaccination clinic

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosing a free flu vaccination clinic Nov. 4 at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.

There is a limited amount of flu vaccine, so organizers advise those interested to arrive early. The clinic will be open at 8 a.m. and will close at noon, or whenever organizers run out of flu vaccine.

Call the VNA at 824-8233 for more information.

BLM reduces adoption fee for wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management's Colorado State Office announced today that it will offer mares that are at least four years old for adoption at a reduced fee of $25 each Nov. 3 and 17 at the Wild Horse Inmate Program in Cañon City.

Most of the mares have been exposed to stallions and are expected to be pregnant. The standard adoption fee for wild horses and burros is $125.

Although providing savings to potential adopters, the reduced adoption fee is aimed at moving more BLM-managed animals that are currently in holding facilities into good homes of private owners. The BLM's cost for maintaining wild horses and burros in short- and long-term holding facilities accounts for more than half of the agency's total wild horse and burro budget, which was approximately $37 million in fiscal year 2006.

Adopters will need to have a pre-approved adoption application and must make an appointment for these adoptions by calling the Royal Gorge Field office at (719) 269-8539.

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