Briefs for June 25

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Chamber Connection newsletter delayed

The Chamber Connection, a four-page Craig Chamber of Commerce newsletter, was scheduled for publication today. However, due to technical difficulties the pages will be delayed until the July 2 edition of the Craig Daily Press.

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Dinosaur center statement available

The National Park Service is making available for public review the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Quarry Visitor Center Treatment Project, for Dinosaur National Monument.

The Quarry Visitor's Center was closed July 12, 2006, due to structural instability, and five alternatives have been designed to address the structural shortcomings associated with the center.

The preferred alternative includes a shelter and interpretive shelter at the fossil wall, with an administrative structure constructed at the shuttle parking area.

Input is welcome on the QVC project, and information can be found at http//parkplanning.nps.gov/dino.

Copies of the DEIS can be found at the Vernal, Utah, and Craig libraries, and at the Superintendent's Office, Dinosaur National Monument.

Pikeminnow found near Hayden

In early June, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew positively identified a Colorado Pikeminnow in the Yampa River a few miles downstream of Hayden, the furthest upstream identification for the species since the 1980s.

The federally endangered fish once was abundant in the Colorado River basin, and is known to travel considerable distances to find suitable spawning grounds.

Critical habitat for the fish includes the Yampa River from Craig downriver to the confluence with the Green River at Dinosaur National Monument.

Shingles vaccine available at VNA

Zostavax, the shingles vaccine, now is available at Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association for adults age 60 and older.

The vaccine helps to prevent shingles and also can reduce the pain associated with shingles.

VNA will offer the vaccination for $190 per shot. The shot is not covered by Medicare at this time.

In some cases, VNA can provide the vaccine free of charge to uninsured, low income adults through Merck's Patient Assistance Program. For more information, call the VNA in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 at 879-1632 or in Craig, 745 Russell St. at 824-8233.


Federal Duck Stamps now on sale

The new official 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp, produced through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, went on sale nationwide at Post Offices and sporting good stores on Friday.

The 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp, priced at $15, features a painting of ring-necked ducks by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. The new $5 Junior Duck Stamp also will be available June 22.

While not valid for postage, the Federal Duck Stamp, besides being required for hunting migratory waterfowl and gaining access to national wildlife refuges, serves as a major funding source for supporting wetland conservation and conserving America's natural resources.

Proceeds from Junior Duck Stamp sales also are used to support environmental educational programs nationwide. Funds from Duck Stamp sales and the Duck Stamps Program are handled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Since 1934, when Congress established the Federal Duck Stamp, 120 million stamps have been sold raising more than $670 million. With these funds, more than 5.2 million acres of wetland habitat have been purchased, not only to benefit waterfowl, but also other wetland-dependent fish, wildlife, and plant species.

For more information about the Federal Duck Stamps Program, go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Web site at fws.gov/duckstamps

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