Craig briefs for Feb. 19

'Changing economy' topic of talk

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The Colorado Environmental Coalition and Friends of Northwest Colorado will present economist Peter Morton on the "Changing Economy of the Rocky Mountain West," at 6:30 p.m. today at the Center of Craig.

There is no cost.

"The economy of the intermountain west is no longer one predicated on cows and coal, but one of wildlands, wildlife and Wi-fi," the Environmental Coalition wrote in a press release. "Please join economist Peter Morton as he speaks about boom and bust and the changing West's economy."

For more information, call Sasha at 824-5241 or e-mail sasha@cecenviro.org.

This week is 'Through With Chew Week'

This week is "Through With Chew Week," a campaign to decrease spit tobacco and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using this product. In addition, the "Great American Spitout" is Thursday.

Tobacco-free quit kits for chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, and in Craig at 745 Russell Street. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process.

Research shows you are seven times more likely to end your tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if you are trying to quit on your own.

Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $100 value. Nicotine gum also is available. Simply call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

Daily Press seeking names of professionals

The Craig Daily Press is asking for the public's help in identifying some of the area's top professionals younger than 40 years old. The newspaper is seeking nominations, and the professionals selected will be featured in upcoming editions.

Nominations may be e-mailed to the paper at editor@craigdailypress.com or by calling editor Jerry Raehal at 824-7031, ext. 204, or assistant editor Joshua Roberts at 824-7031, ext. 210.

Art show at Steamboat Mental Health Center

Dennis Dickson, now of Craig and formerly of Steamboat Springs for eight years, is having an art show featuring pencil drawings at the Steamboat Springs Mental Health Center.

The art show runs through the month of February, with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 879-2141.

Salazar accepting academy applications

The Grand Junction Office of U.S. Congressman John T. Salazar is accepting applications for students who are interested in attending a military service academy.

All application materials for the class of 2013 must be received by Oct. 17, 2008, to be considered in the nomination process. For information or to request an application packet, call George Delahanty at (970) 245-7107.

VNA to begin Hospice daffodil fundraiser

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program is conducting its annual daffodil fundraiser in the spring.

It is one of two fundraisers the VNA conducts for the Hospice program. Pre-sales are Feb. 12 to March 3. Deliveries are March 18.

The VNA is looking for volunteers to help sell, wrap and deliver the daffodils. Wrapping takes place March 17.

"If you or your spouse, cousin, uncle, parent, old war buddy, sibling, co-worker, staff member, child, barber, mechanic, accountant, grandma, butcher, doc, lawn boy, aunt, housekeeper, friend, partner or attorney would like to volunteer to assist us with this fundraiser, we would greatly appreciate it," said Cole White, VNA director of community care, in a press release.

For more information, call White at 871-7663.

Packets to help combat underage drinking

An informational packet designed to help parents learn about the dangers of youth alcohol use is now available through the Youth Wellness Initiative.

The tool kit includes tips on how to engage teens in conversations about drinking and gives suggestions about how parents can increase monitoring of teens' activities in order to decrease access to alcohol.

Strategies are given for building a healthy support structure for children to better enable them to withstand peer pressure and make good choices.

Parents can request a kit by calling Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 879-6188.

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