Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss shopping local |

Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss shopping local

The Craig Daily Press will host its next Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. Dec. 3 at The Memorial Hospital. The topic will be about shopping local for all your holiday needs. Join Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley for the discussion. Coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.

‘Hire a Veteran Month’ is November in Colorado

November is “Hire A Veteran Month” in Colorado and during these four weeks, the Department of Labor and Employment will be using a targeted social media outreach effort to highlight services the agency makes available to veterans and employers, according to a press release.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has veteran employment specialists in workforce centers across Colorado connecting veterans with employment services including resume assistance, workshops, interviewing skills and more. During these four weeks, veterans can turn to Facebook ( and Twitter ( to learn about jobs, find their nearest veteran employment specialist and engage with service providers.

Although at 7 percent, Colorado’s average unemployment rate for veterans (from October 2013 through September 2014) is down from what it was in years past, veteran unemployment is still well above the non-veteran population’s average unemployment rate of 4.3 percent. More than half of the 231,100 veterans in Colorado’s labor force are veterans of the first and second Gulf wars. To target that demographic during “Hire A Veteran Month,” the Department of Labor and Employment will be launching an active social media campaign. The Pew Research Internet Project cites 74 percent of online adults are using social networking sites, and that percentage increases to 82 percent for people 30 to 49 years old.

Village Inn launches 1st responders campaign

To celebrate the holiday season, Village Inn is kicking off its second annual Serving Those Who Serve Us campaign to honor those who serve the community and cannot always be home for the holidays, according to a news release.

Whether it’s a doctor or nurse on call, a firefighter working on Christmas Eve, a police officer on duty Thanksgiving night or active or retired military personnel from the local community — Village Inn wants to make sure these first responders still have a sweet and happy holiday.

With Serving Those Who Serve Us, Village Inn gives people the chance to nominate local heroes to enjoy The Best Pie In America by receiving a dozen free whole pies to enjoy and share with their family and colleagues during the holidays. Launched last year, the Serving Those Who Serve Us program received hundreds of nominations and honored first responders all over the country for service to their local community.

Nominators are limited to one nomination per holiday that can be made online through or by clicking on the link to the nomination form on Village Inn’s Facebook page. Selected winners will be notified and a pie delivery will be coordinated.

Nominations for Village Inn’s “Serving Those Who Serve Us” began at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 and ends at 9 a.m. Dec. 31.

Driving under effects of marijuana is illegal

As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Recent changes, which loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults who are 21 and older, do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.

All CSP troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.

Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers. The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency’s ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.

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