Briefs for Nov. 20
The Craig Community Neighborhood Watch will have a community meeting Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital, 745 Russell St., in the cafeteria. This will be the first of four consecutive meetings intended to jump-start the watch. The meetings are open to all members of the community and offer a chance to meet other residents and discuss strategies and goals of the neighborhood watch. Additional meetings will be held at the same location and time Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14.
Division of Wildlife taking applications for hunt
The Colorado Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with the Northwest Colorado Habitat Partnership Program, will be conducting a distribution management hunt in the Maybell area for antlerless elk during December and January. Applications will be collected Nov. 22 through Dec. 7 at the Division of Wildlife Craig Warehouse, 1715 N. Yampa Ave. in Craig. A hunt list will be established through two random drawings Dec. 1 and 8. Interested parties must apply in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Seniors may need
The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care has recommended that adults check with their health care providers to see if they need pneumococcal vaccination. According to Jane Brock, M.D., CFMC Medical Officer, data suggests 28 percent of Colorado residents 65 and older need the vaccine.
Unlike the influenza vaccination, Brock said that most seniors 65 and older need only one pneumococcal vaccination in their lifetime; a booster shot may be required for those who received their shot before the age of 65.
“With the influenza vaccine redistribution under way, it is even more critical that Colorado residents receive the pneumococcal vaccine,” Brock said. “If you do develop influenza, a pneumococcal vaccination may give you protection against one of its known complications.”
Unknown Writers Contest accepting submissions
Unknown writers from Colorado have a chance to become known through the “Unknown Writers Contest” sponsored by the Denver Woman’s Press Club. The annual event has categories for fiction, poetry and nonfiction. The contest is restricted to Colorado residents older than 18 who have never been commercially published (paid for their work). There is an entry fee of $20 for each entry, and the deadline is Feb. 1. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. For contest rules and more information, visit http://www.denverwomanspressclub.org or call 303-839-1519.
Avalance Information Center begins season
The Colorado Geological Survey’s Colorado Avalanche Information Center began its 22nd season of providing mountain weather and avalanche forecasts to the public in communities across the state Nov. 12.
Nick Logan, associate director, said 61 people were caught in avalanches last year. The three fatalities were 50 percent less than the annual average for Colorado. Three people have died in avalanches this winter in other states.
To help keep this from happening here, the CAIC staff teaches numerous avalanche awareness courses that are offered throughout the winter.
“Our goal is to have no avalanche deaths or serious injuries, so we help people learn as much as possible before venturing into the backcountry,” Logan said.
CAIC staff members taught classes to more than 2,800 people last year. In addition to formal classes, the CAIC has two publications available, “The Snowy Torrents” and the newly revised “Avalanche Wise: Your Guide to Avalanche Safety in Colorado.”
To get snowpack conditions and mountain weather forecasts, Western Slope residents can call 668-0600 in Summit County and Vail, 920-1664 in Aspen, 247-8187 in Durango and 349-4022 in Crested Butte.
For more information about CAIC programs or to order copies of CAIC publications, call the Colorado Geological Survey at (303) 866-4762 or visit the CAIC Web site at geosurvey.state.co.us/ avalanche.
Additional community coat drives announced
The Community Coat Drive sponsored by Love INC of the Yampa Valley has announced dates and locations for its upcoming coat drives. Used coats are collected and cleaned for the drive, and volunteers are available to assist people as they come in for coats.
Anyone who needs a coat may come, regardless of income. The only rule is one coat per person per year.
Parents may pick up coats for their children.
Coat drives have been scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church , 630 Green St. Drives also are scheduled at First Congregational from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.
Call the church at 826-6836 or Love INC of the Yampa Valley at 826-4400 from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Don’t quit smoking cold turkey; get help instead
Research shows that people who quit tobacco with the help of cessation services have up to a 25 percent better chance of quitting successfully than those who quit “cold turkey.” Moffat County residents who smoke or chew have taken advantage of Colorado’s free Quitnet cessation service (co.quitnet.com). Great American SmokeOut Quit Kits sponsored by the VNA Tobacco Prevention Program and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are available until Friday at Kmart, City Market and Safeway Pharmacies and at the VNA office on Russell Street.
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