Briefs for August 17: Mountain Housing Workshop Day set for Sept. 7

The Colorado Mountain Housing Coalition is bringing to you, Mountain Housing Workshop Day on Friday September 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The agenda includes:

• Opening Welcome from Jennifer Kermode (8:30 a.m.)

• Workshop 1: (Hidden Homeless in Rural Mtns)

• Workshop 2: (Senior Housing in Rural Areas)

• Workshop 3: (Small Rental Development)

• Lunch

• Workshop 4: (Impacts of Lending Changes)

• Group Wrap-up & next meeting dates/location

• Adjourn

Please register by August 31 to: jenniferk@summithousing.us

VNA observing National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association encourages students and their parents to get current on back-to-school immunizations.

Low-cost immunizations are available for all ages by appointment or by dropping in Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 745 Russell St.

For more information, call 824-8233.

Jackson Lake State Park Hosts Dutch Oven & Chili Cook-Off

Jackson Lake State Park's Second Annual Dutch Oven & Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone who want to enjoy good food and have fun, are invited to enter the contest and enjoy the lake's recreational opportunities. All vehicles must have $7 daily pass.

Entries must be received by Sept. 7.

For registration forms and more information, visit www.parks.state.co.us/parks/jacksonlake, call at 970-645-2551, or email darby.shanks@state.co.us.

USDA to purchase $170 million in meat from producers affected by drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday it will purchase $170 million in meat and fish from producers affected by the worst drought in decades.

Last month, Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for federal assistance for Colorado farmers and ranchers whose crops, livestock and rural livelihoods have been affected by the drought.

"The administration's decision today will help Colorado farmers and ranchers who are already suffering financial losses due to this summer's severe drought," said Bennet in a news release. "It also underscores the need for the House of Representatives to pass the 2012 Farm Bill."

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