Craig briefs: Child Passenger Safety Week runs until Sunday
September 16, 2014
Now that students are back in school most parents are getting back into the routine of the daily drive to school, it's time to educate parents on the importance of keeping their kids — especially 8- to 15-year-olds — safe in their vehicle. Child Passenger Safety Team Colorado is participating in National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sunday through Saturday, and National Seat Check Saturday this Saturday, to help raise awareness about this serious issue.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 15, which means that Child Passenger Safety applies not only to infants and toddlers but also to tweens who typically ditch the booster seat too early or sit in the front seat before they're physically ready. Older children more often are restrained improperly than younger ones. Only 78 percent of 5- to 15-year-olds were properly restrained, compared to nearly 93 percent 4-year-olds and younger in 2013.
The minimum fine for each unrestrained child is $82. Last year, 1,123 CPS citations were issued in Colorado — don't be one of those parents this year.
Hunters mind national monument regulations
With the arrival of hunting seasons on lands surrounding Dinosaur National Monument, hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted in the monument. Although most of the monument boundary is well marked, hunters are responsible for ensuring they do not hunt within the monument.
The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibits the killing or removal of any animal, living or dead, and any animal parts, including shed antlers, from federal lands within the monument without authorization. Violators will be prosecuted and are subject to penalties including fines, jail, restitution and the forfeiture of vehicles, equipment and personal property associated with the violations.
Call rangers at 970-629-8683 or 970-629-2707. If unsuccessful with either number, call the Craig Regional Dispatch at 970-824-6501 for Colorado.
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National Take Back day slated for Sept. 27
The National Take Back Initiative for prescription drugs will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Centennial Mall parking lot in Craig, according to a press release.
The day will provide an opportunity for individuals with personal prescriptions who missed the previous events or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them. During the past six events, nationally, more than 4.1 million pounds of medications have been collected. In Colorado alone, in excess of 127,400 pounds have been collected, an indication of this serious problem.
The collection is limited to household waste and cannot include chemotherapy or radioactive substances, sharps or syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, pressurized canisters or illicit drugs.
CNCC board seeks 2 members to fill vacancy
The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control is seeking Moffat County residents to fill two vacancies. Interested individuals should be forward thinking and motivated to invest the time necessary to ensure the future success of CNCC.
Richard Haslem submitted his resignation, effective July 31. He and his wife retired and moved to Montrose. Rick Johnson recently announced that he is retiring and moving out of state. His departure date is unknown.
The board is responsible for maintaining the local mill levy and managing the local budget for the district. The college campus is also in the process of recruiting a new vice president. Other important topics surrounding the campus include growing enrollment, developing programs and courses that are academically challenging and removing barriers for students who seek education.
Those interested in serving on CNCC's Board of Control must submit a letter of interest to Christine Mixon, CNCC, 2801 W. Ninth St., Craig, CO 81625. The deadline to submit a letter is Oct. 1. Current board members include Chair Mike Anson, Treasurer Lois Wymore, Secretary Jennifer Riley and Rick Johnson.
CNCC fundraiser dinner to create scholarships
Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation will host a fundraiser dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the college. The "Opening Doors" dinner and auction — part silent and part live auction — will feature donated items from local businesses, individuals and artists. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Anthony Premaine, and food will be catered by Mountain Meats.
Funds raised by the event will be matched dollar for dollar and will help provide scholarships. Tickets cost $30 per person or $100 for a table of four.
Call the CNCC front desk at 970-824-1101 for information or to reserve tickets.