Craig briefs: Moffat County Libraries will close for holiday

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All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day weekend. If you have any questions, call the library at 970-824-5770.

Grand Olde West Days is seeking participants

The Downtown Business Association will host its annual Grand Olde West Days parade Saturday with parade lineup starting at 1:45 p.m. The parade will start at 3 p.m. Parade organizers still are seeking participants to march in the event, including floats that reflect your interpretation of the Grand Olde West Days celebration. To register for the event, contact Steven Fulton at 970-620-1738 or sfulton711@yahoo.com.

Cops and Kids event is May 28 at Safety Center

The Moffat County Safety Center will be hosting its annual Cops and Kids Day from 5 to 7 p.m. May 28 at the Safety Center’s pond.

Officers, deputies and patrolmen will be helping kids fish. Attendees will enjoy hot dogs and burgers for dinner, provided by the Moffat County VFW.

Prizes, such as lures and fishing poles, will be handed to young fishing enthusiasts including awards for biggest and smallest catch, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

Children ages 12 and younger (and special needs kids ages 18 and younger) are welcome to participate for free.

Horse tests positive for equine herpes in state

A horse in Colorado has tested positive for equine herpes. The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has notified Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office that the horse showing signs consistent with equine herpes myeloencephalitis May 14 has tested positive for EHV-1. The horse was euthanized because of complications from the neurologic form of EHV-1.

A second horse that resided with the EHV-1 positive horse has developed a fever and is considered a suspect case but is not displaying any neurologic signs at this time. This second horse attended some of the same events within the rodeo/barrel racing circuit as the original horse. Because of these developments and the recent history of other EHV-1 cases in other states, the state veterinarian’s office in Colorado recommends that equine event organizers and horse owners competing in the rodeo/barrel racing circuit exercise extreme caution with regards to the planning and holding of equine events.

“Disease prevention practices and good biosecurity should be implemented,” state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said in a statement. “Owners should consider the risk for exposure to EHV-1 at upcoming events to be elevated, and owners may want to consider keeping their horses at home to limit their individual risk.”

The EHV-1 positive horse and its stable mates have traveled to events in Colorado during the past few weeks, and there is a potential link to other horses that have attended the National High School Rodeo and Colorado Junior Rodeo Association events located in:

■ Henderson (April 26 and 27)

■ Eagle (May 2 to 4)

■ Rocky Ford (May 10 and 11)

The Colorado State Veterinarian’s office is in the process of contacting all Colorado contestants involved in these events.

Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable. EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.

Discuss alcohol with your teens this spring

With 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 other 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.

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