Craig briefs for Oct. 23

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Freeze on housing voucher program

— The Colorado Division of Housing has frozen the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher HCV program starting Nov. 1.

After Nov. 1, new vouchers will not be issued and no new families will be admitted, even if there are vacant vouchers. It is even more important that families who have HCV now hold on to them.

As of Oct. 21, all of Independent Life Center's vouchers were filled, so no one new can lease up.

When the freeze is lifted, sometime in 2009, the families already on the ILC waiting list will be served first.

Coping with ongoing conditions class Nov. 10

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Would you like to learn new ways to cope with an ongoing condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, arthritis or asthma, just to name a few?

Call Mary Morris at 970-824-1135 for more information about a free, six-session Healthier Living class starting Nov. 10 at Sunset Meadows I, in Craig. The class runs through Dec. 15 with sessions held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Yampa Valley Chorus names new director

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines recently named Emily Pfeifer as the choral group's new director.

She comes to the group with lots of expertise. She has a master's degree in choral directing and a bachelor's degree in vocal performance. Pfeifer's husband is a new deputy district attorney.

The Yampa Valley Chorus members will vote on and sign her contract Thursday night at Sunset Elementary.

The choral group also will be looking for new members in coming weeks.

For more information, call Brenda Hershiser, Yampa Valley Chorus team leader, at 824-5993.

Free flu shots available for VA patients

Free flu shots for veterans who are registered patients with the Grand Junction VA Medical Center are available on a walk-in basis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Patients who use the Veterans Affairs medical clinics in Craig and Montrose should call those clinics for details about how flu shots at those locations will be given, according to a news release from the Grand Junction Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prenatal program offered by VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is available to answer questions about healthy pregnancies and raising healthy babies. Anyone seeking information, or interested in qualifying for a prenatal program should call VNA registered nurse Hope Cook at 871-7622.

Cook will pass along information about nutrition, general health, pregnancy, labor and delivery, caring for babies and community resources.

Early voting going on now through Oct. 31

Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is going on now and lasts through Oct. 31. Registered voters may cast their ballots at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office inside the County Courthouse at 221 W. Victory Way.

The office is open for voters from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Residents may also vote by requesting a mail-in ballot. The Clerk and Recorder's Office will mail a ballot to a voter's address as long as the request is made by Oct. 28. Residents may also pick up a mailed ballot in person at the Courthouse through Oct. 31.

The Clerk and Recorder's Office must receive all mail-in ballots by 7 p.m. Nov. 4 or they will not be counted. Ballots that are postmarked by Election Day but are not received will not be counted.

Voters also may vote on Election Day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following vote centers:

• Centennial Mall in Craig, 1111 W. Victory Way

• Maybell Community Center, 103 Ellis

• Dinosaur Town Hall, 333 S. Stegosaurus

Red Ribbon Week about drug prevention

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the country, reaching millions of young people each year. Narconon Arrowhead would like to "remind you to do your part in taking a stand against drug and alcohol addiction," the organization announced in a news relase.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, Narconon Arrowhead offers free addiction counseling, assessments and referrals to rehabilitation centers nationwide by calling 800-468-6933 or logging on to www.stopaddiction.com.

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