Craig briefs: Baumgardner: Prison decision right

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State Rep. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, who recently wrote a letter to Gov. Bill Ritter urging him not to close the Rifle Correctional Facility, issued the following statement Friday in response to an announcement by Ritter that the facility is no longer being considered for closure:

"Losing the facility would have been a devastating blow to the people of Rifle, particularly when so many jobs are already leaving as rig after rig shuts down," Baumgardner said. "I want to thank Sen. Al White, R-Hayden, for all of his work on this issue and recognize the governor for doing the right thing by taking this facility off the chopping block. Everything we do should protect jobs and the economy."

Relay for Life seeking volunteers for event

The Craig Relay for Life committee is seeking chairpersons and team captains for the 2009 event.

The committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 102 at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane, to discuss the event's kickoff.

Team captains can register for $75 now through March 11, the event's kickoff, at www.craigrelayforlife.com.

Craig Relay For Life is looking for an event chair, team recruitment chairs and a sponsorship chair. Anyone interested should call Jeremiah Herman at 970-254-5584.

Seeking Operator Awards nominations

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission seeks nominations for its annual Outstanding Operator Awards.

The awards honor members of the oil and gas industry in Colorado for 2008 projects that merit special recognition based on extraordinary achievement in any of the following areas: exploration, water quality protection, production enhancement, surface owner impact mitigation, enhanced recovery, noise impact mitigation, new technology application, visual impact mitigation, well completion/stimulation, reclamation, horizontal drilling, E and P waste management, optimization and cost reduction government coordination, pipeline/gathering system projects, community relations and environmental protection.

Any oil and gas operator or other interested stakeholder may nominate a company for an award by submitting to the COGCC a detailed narrative of the qualifying project, including photos, diagrams and other appropriate information. Nomination forms are available on the COGCC Web site.

Nominations must be received no later than May 1 in the COGCC office at 1120 Lincoln St., Suite 801, Denver, CO 80203. COGCC staff will review all nominations, collect relevant data, conduct field inspections as appropriate and present findings to the commission for final recommendation of awardees. Award presentations will take place July 8 at the Colorado Oil and Gas Association's Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Strategy Conference and Investment Forum.

Queeda Mantle Walker releases her 2nd book

"Last Ranch in Hell's Canyon" by Queeda Mantle Walker is now available in Craig. In this second book, Walker describes the further adventures of her family led by her parents, Charley and Evelyn Mantle.

With enough detail to keep readers moving, she describes marriages, children, careers and her father's adventures in Brazil and Australia. It is a personal story that is a sequel to her first book published in 2005, "The Mantle Ranch."

Walker will visit Craig in May to sign copies of her book. Copies are available for $15.95 at Downtown Books, Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Wyman Museum.

VNA urges flu shots for children and adults

Colorado is one of 16 states that reported widespread flu activity in the most recent national report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week ending Feb. 7.

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding parents of children younger than 5 to completely vaccinate their children against the flu. That may mean receiving two flu vaccines at least four weeks apart. Flu vaccines are available for children and adults. Please call the VNA at 879-1632 in Steamboat and 824-8233 in Craig for appointment and drop-in clinic times.

Free cardiovascular assessments offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free cardiovascular assessments Wednesday.

The assessments run from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St.

They will include a full cholesterol panel, glucose level test and body mass index.

Call 846-9855 to make an appointment.

VNA support group is open to grieving adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a Grief and Mourning Support & Education Group at noon every Tuesday at the Craig VNA office, 745 Russell St.

The group, which has begun meeting, is open to any adult grieving the death of a loved one.

For more information, call Neil Folks at 871-7660.

Democrats sponsoring chili supper fundraiser

The Moffat County Democratic Party is sponsoring a chili supper fundraiser Saturday at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. Proceeds from the event, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

The suggested donation for adults is $5. There is no cost for children younger than 12.

Meeting to focus on TMH finances today

The Memorial Hospital is hosting a public meeting on hospital finance, TMH announced in a news release.

The meeting will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in the Platinum Room located in the basement of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Craig office, 745 Russell St.

"The purpose of the meeting will be to provide a general basic overview of hospital finance and how hospital accounting works," according to the news release. "In addition, attendees will hear a brief presentation about Medicare changes on the horizon and how they may or may not impact TMH."

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Attendees should ask any questions they have. If a question cannot immediately be answered, it will be researched and answers provided publicly, the hospital reported.

Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer, at 826-3109 or e-mail samantha.johnston@tmhcraig.org.

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