Craig briefs for July 7

— The United States Department of Education's Institute of Educational Sciences announced this week that Colorado is one of 13 states to receive grant funds for its statewide educational longitudinal data system.

Colorado received $4.2 million of $62.2 million distributed. Grant awards ranged from $3.2 to $6 million.

Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District's assistant superintendent, said the district can benefit from the grant monies by having access to broad assessment data and sharing transcripts of transferring students with other districts.

"It's not a major piece of our assessment picture," Sheridan said.

High schools warns of scholarship scam

In a statement released Friday, Moffat County High School officials warned of two fundraising companies that are soliciting local businesses for advertising sponsorships.

These companies - Liberty Publishing and All School Fundraising - pass themselves off to businesses as working for the school district but do not, according to the statement. "Local businesses are discouraged from purchasing advertising or products from companies such as these," MCHS Principal Jane Krogman wrote in the release. "And MCHS administration and coaching staffs make every effort to purchase products for fundraising locally."

For more information, call the school district office at 824-3268 or the high school office at 824-7036.

Sheep Wagon Days needs crafts

Sheep Wagon Days is calling all crafts-people and anyone that can demonstrate sheep related or old-time techniques to school students. There is no charge for booths with educational demonstrations during Sheep Wagon Days, which are scheduled for Sept. 13 to 16 at Wyman's Living History Museum.

Craft booths with items for sale are $25 per day or $35 for booths with electricity. Sheep wagon tours and dog demonstrations are planned for the students Thursday and Friday, and craft vendors will be selling items to the public during the weekend.

Anyone, especially those with butter-making or leather-working skills, is invited to contact Melody Villard at 824-9302 or Nicky Boulger at 824-6346 to sign up.

Safeway offering year of free groceries

Safeway is sponsoring a contest to giveaway free groceries for a year to celebrate the produce and livestock of Colorado.

"We are excited to partner with Safeway to promote local products," said John R. Stulp, commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "Everyone can help support Colorado agriculture throughout the year by buying products with the Colorado Proud logo and the 'Better for you. Better for Colorado' tag line."

For complete rules and to enter the contest, visit www.9news.com and click on the Colorado Proud logo. Twelve $100 Safeway gift cards will be awarded July through October with the grand prize winner receiving a year's supply of groceries at Safeway (valued at $5,200). In addition to the contest, consumers can find recipes, produce picking tips, a crop calendar and a searchable Colorado products directory online.

Children may need immunization updates

Immunization requirements have changed and children may need shots before the next school year, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reports.

The Craig VNA office, 745 Russell St., will be holding a walk-in immunization clinic from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 16.

Shots are free for children 5 and younger and free to $14 for children older than 5. No appointments are necessary, but all children must be accompanied by an adult and have a shot record. A Spanish interpreter will be available.

The VNA offers immunization clinics every week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Call the VNA at 824-8233 with any questions or to make an appointment.

VNA: Protect yourself from West Nile Virus

Colorado is entering the peak season of West Nile Virus transmission. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers the following tip for individuals to protect themselves from West Nile Virus:

• Avoid outdoor activities, such as gardening, at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

• If outside at dawn or dusk, cover up by wearing light, loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.

• Use approved mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. DEET products generally provide the longest protection times. The other repellents do work but may need to be applied more frequently. Follow the product label for correct use. Products with 10 percent or less DEET are recommended for children.

For more information about West Nile Virus, go to www.FightTheBiteColorado.com, a Web site developed by The Department of Public Health and Environment and local public health agencies.

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