Craig briefs: County Democrats to reorganize


The Moffat County Democratic Party is slated to elect new officers for the next two years during a meeting next week.

The reorganization meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. All Democrats are welcome to attend the meeting.

Counselors to discuss 8th-grade registration

Moffat County High School counselors will talk to parents Monday during the Craig Middle School Parent Advisory Committee meeting about the eighth-grade registration process for high school.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school library.

All CMS parents are encouraged to attend.

New quilt guild seeks votes for new name

A newly formed quilt guild is seeking votes for its new name. Guild members have suggested names that residents can vote on Feb. 14 during the Art Walk in downtown Craig.

Ballots are 50 cents each, with all proceeds being used as seed money for the new group. All those voting for their favorite quilt guild name will go into a drawing for an MP3 player and other prizes.

Guild members will have a table at the Center of Craig during Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. Visit the guild's table to buy a ballot, learn more about the Guild, purchase a guild membership, view quilts and purchase items for sale by local quilt makers.

The name receiving the most votes will earn the nominating quilter the reward of a tabletop quilt made by Irene Beard and quilted by Sharon Lausin.

Library announces February story-times

The Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries, 570 Green St., hosts story-times at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the children's room.

Library staff asks attendees to arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of story-time to avoid distracting other attendees.

The following story-times are scheduled:

• Thursday - Valentine's Day

• Feb. 19 - Presidents' Day/Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday

• Feb. 26 - Responsible Pet Owner Month

The library also will host a fifth-grade and older craft night from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the library. A variety of art materials will be supplied for children to create unique valentines.

Free car clinic takes place Feb. 14

A free car care clinic is scheduled for Feb. 14 for single mothers, seniors and disabled residents. The clinic will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 1150 W. Ninth St.

It is a small group project by First Baptist Church.

At the clinic, volunteers will check all fluids and top them off, if needed; test anti-freeze; air up tires and check the treads; check lights, battery connections, horns and wipers; and arrange for discounted repairs and oil changes, if possible.

The clinic is by appointment only. For more information, call Love INC at 826-4400.

Heart Month raises smoking awareness

During the month of February, people across the nation are raising awareness about heart disease and taking steps to lower their risk, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Two of the ways to reduce the risk of heart disease are to stop smoking and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. According to studies, long-term exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with a 25- to 30-percent increased risk of heart disease in adult nonsmokers.

Colorado implemented the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, its statewide smoke-free law, July 1, 2006, and extended it to casinos July 1, 2008. Research shows that smoke-free laws and policies to eliminate smoking indoors are credited with decreases of exposure.

"An important first step for people who want to quit smoking is to make a smoke-free home rule," said Elizabeth Morgan of the VNA. "Studies show that people are about two times more likely to quit if they make a smoke-free home rule. They are also up to five times more successful in their attempt to quit if their home is smoke-free."

Those who want to quit smoking can seek help and support from the Colorado QuitLine, a free telephone coaching service for quitting tobacco that offers a free supply of the patch (as many as to 8 weeks when qualified).

To contact the QuitLine, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit for Web-based cessation tools. QuitLine coaches are available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For local assistance, contact Elizabeth Morgan at the Steamboat VNA at 970-875-1882 or or Barb Parnell at the Northwest Colorado Community Health Center in Craig at (970) 871-7691 or


CarolT 8 years, 1 month ago

The anti-smokers lied that smoking bans supposedly cause "immediate, dramatic" declines in the number of heart attack admissions in the Pueblo study. What they didn't tell you is that the death rates from acute myocardial infarction actually increased in the year after the ban, the same time they were boasting that the number of admissions declined! That suggests to any intelligent person that people were dying because they weren't admitted to hospitals when they should have been! And in the Indiana study, they exploited an anomalous spike in acute MIs during the "before" section of the study, to make the "after" part look better!


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