Craig briefs for July 25

Panel to discuss ethnic services

The Equality in Health cooperative is hosting two discussion sessions to better enable health care workers in Moffat and Routt counties to provide service for people of different ethnicities.

Although the panel in Craig is hosted at the Visiting Nurse Association, 360 E. Victory Way, all healthcare workers are encourages to attend.

Different topics to be addressed include what kind of health care was normal for Hispanic/Latinos before they moved to the Yampa Valley, what immunizations are common and what typically is done when a family member falls ill.

The panel also will address members of the Hispanic/Latino community to find ways health care workers can encourage better preventative care and overcome different barriers new community members have to treatment, such as child care, cost and transportation.

The first meeting is 4 to 6 p.m. July 31 in the Platinum Room at the Craig VNA. The second meeting is 4 to 6 p.m. in Conference Rooms 2 and 3 at the Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Dr. in Steamboat Springs.

Truck rips out power poles, leaves scene

A handful of Hayden residents were left without power Monday afternoon when a truck traveling near Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue struck a power line crossing the road, which ripped two power poles out of the ground.

The vehicle's driver "split," Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said. The power line was high in the air, and the truck that hit it has to be quite tall, Birch said. He said the incident could have resulted in a fatality had there been anyone in the area at the time of the accident.

There were no eyewitnesses to the incident, but neighbors said they heard a large truck driving westbound at high speed shortly before power was lost. Birch said YVEA was tied up for about six hours repairing the power lines.

Anyone with further information about the accident is asked to call the Hayden Police Department at 276-3741.

Hayden man arrested in marijuana case

A 20-year-old Hayden man was arrested July 18 on suspicion of providing marijuana to a minor.

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said Jeremy Travis Retter was arrested at his apartment in the 300 block of W. Lincoln at about 6:30 p.m. after one of Retter's relatives called police to report the smell of marijuana coming from the home.

Hayden police Officer Darin Falk later contacted Retter and another minor at Hayden Town Park.

After interviewing Retter and finding marijuana in his home, Retter was arrested on suspicion of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana, Birch said.

Birch said he hopes Retter's arrest will send a message to the community.

"We will continue to aggressively investigate all drug activity, especially that involving our kids, to protect them and keep them safe," he said.

Retter's bond was set at $10,000 during a Routt County Court hearing Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m July 25.

HPV vaccine available for children 9 to 18

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is now available through the Colorado Vaccines for Children program for eligible girls ages 9 to 18. The vaccine protects against four major types of HPV. For more information, call the VNA at 879-1632.

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