Briefs for May 5, 2011: Governor orders flags lowered today |

Briefs for May 5, 2011: Governor orders flags lowered today

Gov. John Hickenlooper has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff today on all public buildings in the state in honor of Maj. Philip Ambard, who was killed in Afghanistan last month.

Ambard, 44, was killed April 27 at Kabul International Airport along with seven other U.S. military personnel and an American civilian contractor. He was assigned to the 460th Space Communications Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora and worked as an assistant professor at the Air Force Academy.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Colorado Springs, and five children. A memorial service is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today at the Air Force Academy Chapel.

Flags also to be lowered in honor of fallen law enforcement officers

Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an order that flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings in the state Friday in honor of Colorado law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Hickenlooper will deliver remarks and present the Colorado Wreath at 10 a.m. Friday at the annual Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at the Colorado State Patrol Academy in Golden. Since 1979, the names of 236 Colorado law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty have been added to the memorial.

This year, seven names will be added:

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• Weld County Deputy Samuel K. Brownlee, who was killed Nov. 23, 2010.

• Black Hawk City Marshal Robert A. Clark, who was killed July 10, 1869.

• Las Animas County Sheriff Juan C. Tafoya, who was killed Feb. 6, 1872.

• Trinidad Police Department Officer John Solomon, who was killed Nov. 21, 1895.

• Las Animas County Deputy William Green, who was killed April 21, 1896.

• Las Animas County Deputy William Kelly, who was killed April 21, 1896.

• Denver Police Department Officer William O. Steam, who was killed Feb. 18, 1921.

VNA now offering shingles vaccine

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering the Zostavax vaccine for shingles.

Those 60 or older who are low-income and uninsured (without Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance) may qualify to receive the vaccine at no cost. A $14 administration fee applies.

The vaccine is offered through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

Patients may apply for this program by making an appointment in the Craig office by calling 824-8233.

Variety show postponed to May 13

The variety show typically held on the first Friday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 has been postponed.

The show will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. May 13.

For more information, call Bill Ronis at 620-6589.

Post office to host food drive May 14

On May 14, Colorado and Wyoming letter carriers will collect food on their routes to feed the hungry in their communities.

All the food collected goes to local community food banks and pantries for distribution to those who most need it throughout the year. In 2010, Colorado and Wyoming residents combined to donate nearly one million pounds of food in the postal drive to feed the hungry in their states.

Items most needed are canned meats, soups, fruits and vegetables; dry/non-perishable packaged items with lots of protein/carbohydrates like powdered milk, pasta, cereals; and dried packaged vegetables like mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Postal customers wishing to donate food should put canned, packaged and non-perishable food items in a plastic bag, and leave it by their mailboxes on May 14 before mail delivery.

Dance scheduled for May 21 at Lodore Hall

A country dance is scheduled for May 21 at Lodore Hall in Browns Park.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and dancing starts at 7 p.m.

Ad mission is free, and dinner will be available. The event includes cake walks, a cake drawing, a quilt auction and door prizes.

For more information, call 269-3000 or 272-3213.

Health care speaker to present at Tea Party meeting

As part of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., Dr. Kelly Victory, who also spoke in Craig in 2010, will be addressing the topic of health care.

Victory has more than 15 years of experience in the field of health care as a trauma and emergency specialist, and in other capacities.

Also appearing at the meeting will be Joyce Shaffer, a country singer who has performed at numerous events across the country, including speaking engagements with Sarah Palin.

For more information about the meeting, call Billie Jacobs at 824-0339.

McDonald's to offer reading program for elementary students

McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald will be in Craig on May 17 with the school show "Read to Achieve."

The famed clown will make appearances at all four local elementary schools throughout the day. Ronald McDonald will also appear at 11:30 a.m. at the McDonald's restaurant, 1080 W. Victory Way.

The show includes a magic act, information on how children can access library resources and presentations on famous people who had their lives enhanced by reading.

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