Briefs for Feb. 22, 2011: Agencies presenting suicide prevention trainings today

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The Craig Veterans Telehealth Clinic and the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center are hosting suicide prevention training sessions today in Craig.

The first session is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265, 419 E. Victory Way. The second session is set for noon at Colorado Northwestern Community College, room 201, 50 College Dr.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

Blood drive set for today at TMH

A community blood drive will take place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. today in the conference room at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, 750 Hospital Loop. One blood donation can help three people, according to a news release.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Bonfills Appointment Center at (800) 365-0006 opt. 2, or (303) 363-2300.

You may also visit www.bonfils.org.

Michelle Moore is the local contact, and she can be reached at 826-2274.

Fire board praises Craig Fire/Rescue for safety habits

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Board used its monthly meeting Feb. 17 to praise Craig Fire/Rescue for safety precautions while dealing with structure fires this year.

“Firefighting is an inherently dangerous profession,” board member Chris Nichols said. “Firefighters take calculated risks based on their training. Everything you do is risky.”

During his report, Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Bill Johnston reported that there have been no injuries or accidents since his last report.

During the board meeting, the department also approved bills, which totaled $26,791. The department also accepted the resignation of Ricardo Aragon, a probationary firefighter.

Council hosting three meetings tonight

The Craig City Council is hosting a town hall meeting from 5:15 to 6 p.m. today with Congressman Scott Tipton at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St. After the gathering, at 6:15 p.m., the council will meet with the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership to discuss the county’s economic development plan.

The regular council meeting will follow.

All meetings are open to the public.

Third annual Preparedness and Self Reliance Fair set for Friday and Saturday

The 2011 Community Preparedness and Self Reliance Fair is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St., in Craig.

The fair runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

It will include information and demonstrations throughout both days on topics such as three-month storage plans, 72-hour kits, pressure cookers, fire safety, financial planning and will preparation, and ham radios.

There will also be drawings for a 72-hour kit, emergency crank radio, boxes of water and cans of food. This is the event’s third year.

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