Craig briefs for Jan. 8

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Retirement party planned for DA

— Officials are planning a retirement party for the departing Bonnie Roesink, who serves as the 14th Judicial District Attorney.

The party is from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Center of Craig. Roesink said everyone in the community is invited to attend.

Roesink is retiring from law - at least for the moment, she said - which is why she decided not to run for re-election last November. Her last day as district attorney will be Tuesday.

Elizabeth Oldham, who was elected to Roesink's position in November, will be sworn into office the following day.

Post office asks boxes be cleared of snow, ice

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig post office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Post office requests include:

• Make sure the mailbox is visible and free of snow and ice.

• Make sure mailboxes are safely accessible for letter carriers.

• Clear the mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety and accessibility first and are instructed not to deliver to mailboxes and locations considered too difficult or unsafe to access.

For more information, call the Craig post office at 824-8506.

Folic Acid Awareness Week through Sunday

During National Folic Acid Awareness Week, taking place through Sunday, women of childbearing age are being encouraged to take a daily multivitamin and to eat foods rich in folate before becoming pregnant to prevent birth defects in their newborns.

The U.S. Public Health Service recommends all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid by taking a multivitamin daily and eating fortified grains. Fortified grains include enriched cereals, pasta, rice, bread, dried beans and peas. Peanut butter and orange juice also are good sources of folic acid. For more information about folic acid, visit the National Council on Folic Acid's Web site, www.folicacidinfo.org, or call 303-692-2700.

January is Colorado Radon Action Month

January is Colorado Radon Action Month, and Moffat County residents are urged to test their homes for radon, a radioactive gas responsible for approximately 1,400 Colorado cancer deaths each year. The colorless, odorless, tasteless gas enters homes through cracks in the floor or spaces around utility pipes and accumulates unless properly vented. Long-term radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers.

For a free, three-day Radon testing kit, call the Moffat County Cooperative Extension office at 824-9180 or the Routt County Cooperative Extension office at 879-0825.

Wellness Day offered Wednesdays in Hayden

Aging Well is offering a new, all-day program for adults ages 50 and older called Wellness Day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the new Haven Community Center in Hayden. Activities offered include exercise class, writing class, wellness checks with a registered nurse and foot care by appointment.

Lunch will be served for $2.50, along with this week's lunchtime presentation: "An introduction to the services offered by the Aging Well program, CNCC and the Routt County CSU Extension Office."

For more information, call Johanna Hall at the Aging Well Information Line at 871-7676.

Seedling trees for sale through April

The Colorado First Conservation District is taking orders for seedling trees. The deadline to order is April 15.

Order forms can be picked up at the Colorado County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., the Bureau of Land Management office, 455 Emerson, or the Colorado First Conservation District office, 145 Commerce St.

Trees will be available for pickup in early May. For more information, call 824-3476, ext. 101.

Winter Reading Program begins at public library

The 2009 Winter Reading Program ends March 27 at Moffat County Public Libraries. The program is available to all ages, and people may come in any time to register and pick up a reading log and packet.

During the three months of the Winter Reading Program, craft activities will be offered geared toward fifth-graders and older, as well as family game nights. The craft activities are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and March 12 at the Craig branch. Family game nights will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 and March 23, also at the Craig library branch.

Grand Futures offering TIPS training Jan. 22

Grand Futures will offer a TIPS training class Jan. 22. Registration is limited to 15 people, and the deadline to register is today.

To register or for more information, call Matt Beckett at the Grand Futures office at 824-5752 or 629-3020.

DOW Hunter Safety Class starts Jan. 26

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a week-long Hunter Safety Class starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26. The class will take place at St. Michael Catholic Church Hall, located at Seventh and Barclay streets in Craig.

Online course completion can be arranged during this time. For more information or to reserve a seat in the class, call 824-3628.

Wildlife photographs on display in Oak Creek

The Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main Street in Oak Creek, is featuring Daniel Ellertson's wildlife photographs on display on the Artist's Wall. Call 736-8245.

Nicotine quit kits areavailable from Quitline

Free nicotine patches or gum are available by calling the Colorado Quitline at 800-QUIT NOW (784-8669). Pick up your free quit kits, with no patches or gum included, at the the Craig VNA office at 745 Russell St. or Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

High school PAC seeking members

The Moffat County High School Parent Accountability Committee is seeking members and officers. The committee weighs in on high school administrative decisions and is designed to keep parents informed about upcoming events.

The group meets at 6 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane. For information, call 824-7036.

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