Briefs for Sept. 2, 2011: Lightning causes four fires reported Thursday

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More than 6,000 lightning strikes were recorded across Northwest Colorado on Wednesday, according to a release from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit.

Four of the five wildland fires reported Thursday were caused by lightning. Three of the incidents are in western Moffat County and two are in Rio Blanco County.

Engine crews from Dinosaur National Monument, Browns Park Wildlife Refuge and Bureau of Land Management are responding to the fires.

Lunch Chamber mixer set for Sept. 9

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ next After-hours Mixer is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

The event is free and includes lunch.

RSVP by calling 824-5689 or emailing office@craig-chamber.com.

Craig Book Club to meet Thursday

The Craig Book Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at First Congregational Church, 630 Green St.

Bonnie Thompson will review “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese, a current bestseller. The hostess is Shirley Brinks.

For more information, call 824-5824.

VNA offers free cardio screenings

In honor of National Cholesterol Education Month, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free cardiovascular screenings every Tuesday in September at the Community Health Center.

Screenings include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and body mass index.

To schedule a screening appointment, call Karla Larsen at 875-1880.

Library closed for Labor Day

All branches of Moffat County Libraries will be closed Saturday through Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

For more information, call 824-5116.

Horizons offers free developmental screenings

Horizons Specialized Services, 439 Breeze St., is offering free developmental screenings for children from birth to age 3.

The screenings will address questions about when children should be walking and speaking as well as concerns about hearing and vision.

To make an appointment for a screening, call Judy at 824-7381.

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