Craig briefs: MCHS class reunion for 1994 graduates in June

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The Moffat County High School Class of 1994 is holding its 20th class reunion on June 13 and 14. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/mchs1994reunion?ref=h1 or call Jaime at 970-629-5440; Marci at 970-629-5096; Cameron at 970-629-5978; or Stacey at 970-629-0880.

Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays through the year. As the sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647 or Randy Morton at 970-620-1326.

Community foundation scholarship offered

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation now has an online application for its scholarships offered to high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties.

Scholarship criteria and the link to the application can be found at www.yvcf.org/scholarships. Email erin@yvcf.org for more information.

Discuss alcohol with your teens this spring

With prom and graduation approaching fast, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition wants to extend a helping hand to parents during this important, yet chaotic time, according to a press release.

Grand Futures will promote a parent education campaign that highlights helpful and important information for parents about the importance of talking to their teens about underage drinking and other drug use. The campaign also stresses ways to keep kids drug-free, such as modeling good behavior, locking up alcohol or drugs in the home and connecting kids with alternative activities, such as after-school programs.

Parents can visit the Grand Futures website at www.grandfutures.org or connect directly with the Speak Now campaign at www.speaknowcolorado.org.

Driving under effects of marijuana is illegal

As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Recent changes that loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults 21 and older do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.

All CSP troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.

Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers.  The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency’s ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.

VNA offers vaccines for STD awareness month

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Protect yourself or your children from cancers caused by HPV for just $21.50 for uninsured and underinsured individuals. The HPV vaccine is for males and females ages 11 to 26 years. HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact and can cause cervical cancer strands and other cancers.  Call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association Monday in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 to make your appointment.

Livestock assistance sign-up underway

The Colorado Farm Service Agency announced that farmers and ranchers can now sign up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, according to a FSA press release.

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program and the Livestock Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock grazing and deaths and losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In addition, enrollment begins Tuesday for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program in 2011, when the programs expired, through 2014.

LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as wildfires. TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.

Producers also are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment. A complete directory of Colorado FSA Offices can be located at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=co&agency=fsa, or visit us online at www.fsa.usda.gov/co.

CDC warns of rabies, hantavirus this spring

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath, with large ears), according to a press release from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. Be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns. You can become infected when you inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings. Air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach (one cup bleach per gallon of water) to spray materials you have used for cleaning mouse droppings. For more information visit www.cdc.gov/hantavirus.

Bats, fox, porcupines and other small rodents can have rabies. Never touch these animals. Did you know:

■ Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually from bites.

■ Not all bats have rabies, but most human cases in the United States are caused by bats.

Bat bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.

Rock scaling operations to cause delays on I-70

Crews successfully have moved both westbound and eastbound traffic onto the detours that will be in place for the duration of construction of the westbound Twin Tunnels project, through December 2014, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Now that traffic is traveling on the detour routes, crews have begun rock-scaling efforts. The work began Monday and will continue throughout the remainder of the week and into next week. Rock scaling will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. During this time, traffic will be stopped in both directions for a period of 30 minutes while crews perform the rock scaling.

The westbound I-70 Twin Tunnels project is part of a package of improvements designed to ease congestion on the I-70 mountain corridor. This $55 million project will widen the westbound tunnel bore in Idaho Springs to accommodate a future third westbound lane, but it will not add a third highway lane at this time. For more information, call 303-327-4034 or visit www.coloradodot.info/projects/i70twintunnels.

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