Craig briefs: Art Walk needs artists, musicians, chocolatiers |

Craig briefs: Art Walk needs artists, musicians, chocolatiers

The annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

The Downtown Business Association is looking for artists, musicians and chocolatiers to fill downtown businesses with art, food and music.

Artists and musicians can call Kandee Dilldine at KS Kreations at 970-824-2151.

Chocolatiers should call Nadine Daszkiewicz, with the Kitchen Shop, at 970-824-8148.

VNA hosts new diabetes prevention programVNA hosts new diabetes prevention program

VNA hosts new diabetes prevention program

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a Diabetes Pre-vention Program for individuals who have prediabetes or are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

This is a year-long program with sessions occurring weekly for six months, then monthly for six months. Weekly sessions will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 28 through May 12 at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St. Participants will work with a lifestyle coach and make realistic, achievable goals around nutrition, exercise and other factors to cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by at least 50 percent.

The program is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7696.

Vesicular stomatitis spreads through stateVesicular stomatitis spreads through state

Vesicular stomatitis spreads through state

The Colorado Department of Agriculture's State Veterin-arian's Office has placed nine locations in four Colorado counties under quarantine after horses, mules and cattle herds tested positive for vesicular stomatitis, according to a news release.

Rio Blanco, Delta, Mesa and Garfield counties are still under quarantine, while Moffat and other counties across the state have been released from quarantine.

"Now that all areas of the state have had freezing temperatures, the insect populations are dormant. The remaining quarantines are in Western Slope beef herds that likely became infected prior to the weather changing. We are releasing quarantines based on the time from when the last new case of VS was recognized on a facility. At this time, it is anticipated we will be releasing the remaining quarantines in early January," State Veterinarian Keith Roehr said in a statement.

Livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact their local veterinarian. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA-approved vaccines for VS. While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.

"While we cannot disclose the exact location of the infected livestock, it is not very contagious from animal to animal. The primary method of spread is through insect vectors, primarily biting flies. The key to remember is to take steps to reduce the fly populations near livestock," Roehr said.

Poker Run takes place Jan. 30 at reservoirPoker Run takes place Jan. 30 at reservoir

Poker Run takes place Jan. 30 at reservoir

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will host its annual Poker Run on Jan. 30 at Freeman Reservoir. Registration begins at the trail head parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The event's card stations are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $10 per hand or three hands for $25. Prices will be awarded at the awards banquet at 5:30 p.m. at the O.P. Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way. Proceeds go to the local student scholarship fund. For more information, visit north