News briefs for Sept. 28

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Baggs man shoots himself accidentally

The Baggs Police Department, in cooperation with the Craig Police Department, reported Wednesday that a man in Baggs, Wyo., shot himself by accident in the early in the morning.

The man was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment.

Police reported that Carlos Marquez, 28, was handling a pistol when it discharged and struck him in the left thigh. He was transported to the Craig hospital by private vehicle. The Craig Police Department responded to the hospital, assisted with the investigation and provided an officer to help with translation.

An investigation reveals that Marquez was the only person awake at the time of the incident, which occurred inside his mobile home. Police said the investigation indicates Marquez was attempting to dislodge a round stuck in the chamber of the pistol when the gun discharged.

VNA offers tips for avoiding flu virus

Another flu season is rapidly approaching. Although some cases of the flu can be mild, each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from complications from influenza, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

The VNA has three tips to keep the flu out of your home: get vaccinated against influenza, always wash your hands vigorously with soap and hot water, and regularly disinfect kitchen, bathroom and other household surfaces where germs and bacteria thrive.

For more information, call the VNA in Steamboat at 879-1632 or in Craig at 824-8233 or log on to www.nwcovna.info and click on Flu Season 2006.

Love & Logic Parenting Class begins Monday

The Love & Logic Parenting Class starts a seven-week session from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Moffat Count Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St.

The class will cover topics such as winning arguments at bedtime, grades, chores and other everyday situations. The class is designed for anyone who would like to learn new skills and ideas for raising responsible children.

Classes are on Mondays through Nov. 13. The cost is $30, which includes a book and materials. To register or for more information, call Brenda Stene at 824-8282, ext. 16.

Extension deadline for income tax nearing

Taxpayers who could not submit their income tax filing by the April 17 deadline have until Oct. 16 to do so, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Oct. 16 is also the deadline for income tax filers to claim the state sales tax or TABOR refund of $15 for individuals, or $30 for joint filers.

Girl Scouts set to sell nuts starting Friday

Girl Scouts across the Western Slope will be selling nuts beginning Friday, with delivery just in time for Thanksgiving.

The scouts will offer nine types of nuts, including Pecan Supremes, Butter Toffee Peanuts and chocolate covered treats.

Products will range in price from $4 to $6. Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council serves 2,200 girls in 13 counties across the Western Slope.

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