Briefs for May 3

Ritter urged to sign energy bill

In a letter to Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday, CLUB 20 urged Ritter to sign into law HB-1139, regarding the distribution of energy impact funds to local communities.

HB-1139, sponsored by Rep. Bernie Buescher (D-Grand Junction), will increase the distribution of energy impact funds from severance taxes to affected counties from 15 percent to 30 percent and decrease the equivalent amount of general grant distributions from the Department of Local Affairs from 85 percent to 70 percent.

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CLUB 20 is a 50-year-old coalition of the individuals, businesses, organizations and towns in Western Colorado's 22 counties, and exists to advocate for the interests of this region on both the state and national level. Information about the organization can be obtained by contacting the CLUB 20 office at 970-242-3264 or visiting its Web site, www.club20.org.

Immunization clinic

for children May 12

The Visiting Nurse Association in Craig will be holding a children's immunization clinic with the Craig Fire Department from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the Fire Department, 419 Yampa Ave.

There will be free shots for children under 6 and hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children who get vaccinated will also get to go on a ride with the firefighters and see all the gear the fire department uses. For children ages 6 to 18 a sliding scale fee will be used and shots will be free to $14. Children must bring an updated immunization record. For more information, contact the VNA at 824-8233.

Tick exposure at its peak in May, June

April through June are the peak months for tick exposure and the onset of tick-borne diseases, according to a Visiting Nurse Association press release. There are several diseases that can be transmitted by ticks in Colorado and avoiding tick bites is the best prevention.

Tips for avoiding ticks include:

1. Wear light colored clothing. This makes it easier to spot ticks.

2. Apply a small amount of insect repellent to exposed skin, especially ankles and legs

3. Conduct regular tick checks from head--to-toe, focusing on the neck and beneath the hair.

If you find a tick, don't panic. Use tweezers to grasp the tick where it has entered the skin and slowly and firmly pull it out. If you become ill after a tick bite, contact your health care provider.

COMA volunteers

taking respite

Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse will suspend executive committee and public meetings in May, June and July.

The club's leaders wish to give volunteers some time off. Some project work will continue through this time period.

For more information, call 824-COMA (2662).

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