Craig Briefs: BLM Emerald Mountain closures set to be lifted

Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area near Steamboat Springs will open Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday.

The Emerald Mountain SRMA is usually closed from Dec. 1 to June 30, however warmer temperatures allowed BLM to open it early this year.

Residents reminded by CDOT to share the road

Colorado Department of Transportation launched a statewide campaign to reduce bicyclists and pedestrian deaths in Colorado. CDOT would like all who use the road — cars, bicyclists and pedestrians — to use responsibility is sharing the road.

 Since 2002, pedestrian fatalities in Colorado jumped 9.8 percent and bicyclist deaths rose 44 percent. More recently, Colorado saw a 66 percent rise in pedestrian fatalities and a 63 percent increase in bicyclist fatalities from 2011 to 2012.

VNA: Be sure to check child’s vaccine record

Several adolescent vaccines are given in a series, which if not finished, leaves your child incompletely protected. Protection provided by some childhood vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough), begins to wear off by adolescence. Three vaccines are recommended at ages 11 and 12. If your teen missed these shots, Visiting Nurse Association officials advise they should “catch up.” The shots can be given at any medical office visit, camp or sports physical:

■ Tdap vaccine is a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis, or whooping cough, can keep kids out of school and activities for weeks. It also can be spread to babies, which can be very dangerous. In Colorado, the Tdap vaccine is required for entry into sixth grade.

■ Meningococcal vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis (a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord) and its complications. A booster dose is recommended at age 16.

■ HPV vaccine protects girls and women against the types of HPV that cause cervical cancer most commonly. HPV vaccine also can protect boys against genital warts and other cancers. Immunization against HPV is a series of three shots over six months.

■ Every year, children and adolescents should receive an influenza (flu) vaccine, too, because even healthy kids get the flu, which can be serious.

For families with health insurance, all or most of the cost of vaccines is covered. For families without insurance, children 18 and younger are eligible to get vaccines at low or no cost through the Vaccines for Children program. You can find out more about the VFC program or about these vaccines by contacting your health care provider, the Northwest Colorado VNA at 970-824-8233, or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teens or 1-800-CDC-INFO.

School district provides summer meals to kids

The Moffat County School District’s Food Services Department will provide summer meals to all children 18 and younger at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Meals will be provided between 11:20 a.m. and noon Mondays through Fridays. 

Meals must be eaten on site. There is no cost, and children do not have to be a member to enjoy lunch.

County seeks to address residents’ unmet needs

The Moffat County Collaborative Council for Children and Families is seeking input from parents to identify the community’s unmet needs for children and families.

The mission of the council is to improve the safety and well being of Moffat County children and families through collaboration and education with families, the community and stakeholders.

Parents can access the survey online at www.survey

monkey.com/s/mocofamilies. Participants are asked to complete only one survey per family. Input from spouses and children is encouraged.

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