Craig Briefs: Many state offices closed this week |

Craig Briefs: Many state offices closed this week

Daily Press Staff

Many state government offices will be closed Thursday as one of eight mandatory furlough days this fiscal year to help cut expenses and keep the state budget balanced during the economic downturn, a governor's office news release stated.

State offices also will be closed Friday, in observance of New Year's Day.

State driver's license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment's vital records office, state history museums, Attorney General's Office, Division of Wildlife Service Centers and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Thursday, with about 15,500 employees on unpaid furlough.

Colorado State Parks will be open Thursday except for visitor centers.

State troopers will be patrolling the highways. Department of Transportation snowplows and maintenance crews will be working as necessary, and the Traffic Operations Center will be running.

The state unemployment benefits office, state nursing homes, hospitals and care centers also will be open.

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The state Judicial Branch and courts, Treasurer's Office and Secretary of State's Office will be open, as well.

This will be the fourth closure day in fiscal year 2009-10, with the remaining four scheduled for Jan. 15, Feb. 12, April 2 and May 28.

The eight furlough days will save taxpayers an estimated $27.2 million, according to the news release.

VNA to offer a flu clinic today

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in flu clinic today for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations for all ages of the general public this week. The clinic is scheduled for 3 to 5:30 p.m. today at 745 Russell St. in Craig. H1N1 shots are free, and seasonal flu shots are $22 for adults and $14 or less for children.

For more information, call the flu hotline at 871-7684 or visit the Web site,

Class of 1980 plans for 30-year reunion

An organizational meeting for all 1980 Moffat County High School graduates is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Classmates are encouraged to attend to start the planning process for their 30-year class reunion.  For more information, call Terri at 824-2277 or Cyndee at 824-7207.

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