Briefs for May 4

County commissioners schedule special meeting

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The Moffat County commissioners will host a special board meeting at 10:30 a.m. today in the commissioner boardroom. The meeting is expected to last about 15 minutes and the commissioners are expected to sign a Department of Local Affairs Impact Grant contract regarding road improvements. The meeting is open to the public.

Deputy DA to attend special training session

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Ed Veronda, a deputy district attorney in the 14th Judicial District, was one of 50 prosecutors selected nationwide to attend the National District Attorney's College Trial Advocacy Training. Veronda works out of the Moffat County District Attorney's Office.

Past 14th Judicial District employees have attended the conference, including District Attorney Bonnie Roesink, deputy district attorneys Andy Heil and Jay Cranmer, of the Routt County office, and Dan Edwards, of the Grand County office.

The training will take place in Columbia, S.C., and will include a week-long course in litigation and trial advocacy, courses specially geared toward prosecution. The National College of District Attorneys is paying for all expenses.

"I'm excited about this opportunity to train one of our employees without having Moffat County pay a dime," Roesink said.

Roesink said Veronda and Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow, who also works out of the Moffat County office, have attended state-wide training for trial advocacy, sponsored by the Colorado District Attorney's Council.

Veronda will attend the conference in June. He was hired last year and has been a deputy district attorney in Moffat County for the past six months.

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.

May, June peak

months for ticks

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.

Tip 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.

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