Craig briefs: Craig police to host drug take-back day

The Craig Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a prescription drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Centennial Mall. The event is an opportunity for Craig and Moffat County residents to properly and safely dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs, which often are abused through recreational use or overuse.

The service is free and anonymous. Police will ask no questions about the types of medications they will be collecting. For more information, call 970-826-2360.

St. Michael’s kitchen to hold fundraiser tonight

St. Michael’s Community Kitchen is having its first Empty Bowl fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and younger and family tickets are $45. Tickets are on sale at K&S Creations, The Kitchen Shop and St. Michael’s Community Kitchen. Admission includes soup, bread, dessert and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit St. Michael’s Community Kitchen. Roughly 400 handmade bowls have been created for the event. A silent action also will take place. Nine restaurants are donating soup for the event, including Carelli’s, Castle Ranch Steakhouse, Gino’s, JW Snack’s Gulf Coast Bar & Grill, Double Barrel Steakhouse, Vallarta’s, Cool Water Grill, Village Inn and Tin Cup Bar & Grill.

Moffat to rally for coal in Denver on Wednesday

Moffat County residents who are worried about impending Environmental Protection Agency energy regulations are heading to Denver on Wednesday to rally in support of traditional energy.

In conjunction with the Denver rally, there will be a sendoff rally in Craig that morning from 6 to 7 a.m. in the Kmart parking lot. The sendoff rally is for those who would like to show support but can’t take the day off. McDonald’s is hosting a pancake feed during the sendoff rally. There also will be two giant cards for everyone to sign that will be delivered to the EPA.

People who are interested in carpooling to Denver can call the Deer Park Inn at 970-824-9282.

The caravan will leave at 7 a.m. from the Kmart parking lot.

“EPA carbon dioxide regulations on existing power plants could devastate our local economy,” said Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid.

The EPA will be hosting public listening sessions in Denver as it develops carbon pollution regulations for existing power plants, which inspired organizations like Friends of Coal (www.friendsofcoal.org) to rally against possible restrictions while the listening sessions take place at noon Wednesday and protest on the steps of the state Capitol. Additionally, anyone looking to sign a petition can do so at The Flower Mine Shop.

Western Slope veterans to access procedures

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., who serves on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, announced an agreement between the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Community Hospital to make routine surgical procedures accessible again for Western Slope veterans, according to a press release. The local partnership will save thousands of Western Slope residents costly and time-consuming trips to the Front Range or Utah for critical health services.

The plan, which will be finalized in November — nearly two years after the Department of Veterans Affairs suspended the medical center’s surgical designation — allows Grand Junction VA Medical Center personnel to use Community Hospital’s facility to perform the life-saving operations. For more information, call Mike Saccone at 202-224-4334.

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