Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing students were pinned Monday to commemorate their status as new Licensed Practical Nurses. Students completed an optional summer class and passed the National Exam for Practical Nurses to earn their licensure. Pictured, from left, are Kelsey De Spain, Emma Casterson, Tiffany Skelton, Mary Dean Balleck, Jeni Murphy, Dixie Poley and Cyndi Nielsen.

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Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing students were pinned Monday to commemorate their status as new Licensed Practical Nurses. Students completed an optional summer class and passed the National Exam for Practical Nurses to earn their licensure. Pictured, from left, are Kelsey De Spain, Emma Casterson, Tiffany Skelton, Mary Dean Balleck, Jeni Murphy, Dixie Poley and Cyndi Nielsen.

Craig briefs for Sept. 19

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A ceremony Monday marked the next phase in the education of seven nursing students at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Kelsey De Spain, Emma Casterson, Tiffany Skelton, Mary Dean Balleck, Jeni Murphy, Dixie Poley and Cyndi Nielsen received pins from Marilyn Hehr, CNCC nursing program director, in recognition of their newly-acquired status as Licensed Practical Nurses.

"It's a very meaningful ceremony," Hehr said.

Students were pinned after completing an optional summer class and passing the National Exam for Practical Nurses.

They plan to earn their Registered Nurse certification while working at local hospitals, including those in Craig, Steamboat Springs and Rangely.

Pinning ceremonies have been a tradition in the nursing profession for 100 years or more.

"It denotes the beginning of a new career for nursing students," Hehr said.

CNCC, however, has put its own touch on the tradition. Students of the nursing program's inaugural class of 2003 designed the pins.

Youth Bowling Clinic happening Saturday

On Saturday, the Bowling Center in Craig is hosting a youth bowling clinic for all children ages 7 to 18. The clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Bowling Center. Cost is $5, which includes shoes. This will be a two-week clinic, with a second session Sept. 27. For more information, call 824-2695.

Daily Press editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins Oct 1.

Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the paper's opinion piece for the following Wednesday and Saturday papers. Editorial board terms last three months.

To apply, call Editor Jennifer L. Grubbs at 875-1790, or e-mail jgrubbs@craigdailypress.com.

Humane Society show is Saturday at school

The Humane Society of Moffat County announced it is sponsoring the "Magic, Magic, Magic Show," an event to raise money for special needs at the animal shelter, care for abused and abandoned animals and medical expenses such as vaccination and the spay/neuter program.

The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Moffat County High School.

Reduced-cost prostate screenings scheduled

The Prostate Cancer Education Council is coordinating free and reduced-price prostate screenings in six Colorado locations. The screenings are part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, which began Sunday and will continue through Saturday.

Screenings take about 10 minutes, and patients can choose to have their cholesterol and testosterone levels checked during the examination.

Screenings are available at the following dates and locations:

Exempla Lutheran

3555 Lutheran Parkway, Suite 230

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

303-425-2929

Coordinator: Linda Fiske, RN

Screening date: Saturday

Peak Vista Community Family Health Center

225 S. Union Blvd.

Colorado Springs, CO 80910

719-776-5555

Coordinator: Britta Newcomer

Screening date: Saturday

UCDHSC: Anschutz Cancer Pavilion

1665 N. Ursula Street, Suite 1004

Aurora, CO 80045

720-848-9999

Coordinator: Sharon Gibson

Screening dates: Today and Saturday

The Urology Center of Colorado

2777 Mile High Stadium Circle

Denver, CO 80211

303-825-8822

Coordinator: Martha Rusehival, RN, BSN

Screening dates: Saturday

8 a.m. noon

Local Talent Concert auditions are Oct. 11 The Craig Concert Association will host tryouts for the Local Talent Concert on Oct. 11.

Tryouts will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Moffat County High School Auditorium.

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