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Craig briefs: Colorado Lottery kicks off campaign

For the first time in 10 years, the Colorado Lottery will launch its Statewide Proceeds Campaign. Having funded the way Colorado plays for the past 31 years, the lottery has returned more than $2.5 billion into the state for parks, recreation, open spaces, conservation education and wildlife projects, according to a press release.

This summer, the lottery will promote awareness of "Where the Money Goes" and the positive effects associated with those funds. From rural community playgrounds to Staunton State Park near metro Denver, the message is that many recreation areas and activities enjoyed by Coloradans every day are made possible by Colorado Lottery dollars.

The lottery also has four new scratch tickets called "Where the Money Goes." The $2 scratch games feature graphics related to each of the four beneficiary agencies that distribute Colorado Lottery funds throughout the state: Great Outdoors Colorado, the Conservation Trust Fund, The Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife and Building Excellent Schools Today. The lottery also will have a Second Chance Drawing in September that gives players a chance to win one of three prizes, each consisting of one annual Parks and Wildlife Park Pass and a $500 Visa gift card.

CDOT starts promoting motorcycle safety

Motorcycle crashes killed 86 riders and passengers on Colorado roadways last year, and 69 percent of the motorcyclists were at fault, according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

As motorcyclists across the state gear up for riding season, CDOT has launched a motorcycle safety campaign, "Ride Wise." The campaign showcases real Colorado riders, each with more than 30 years of experience on their saddles, who rely on safety training to hone skills needed to ride safely.

The campaign targets older, male riders who have hundreds of miles on their bikes, but little to no hours of formal training. Of the 86 riders and passengers killed in 2013, 90 percent were males and nearly 6 percent were above the age of 45.

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To resonate within the biking community, the campaign uses a series of videos and print advertisements featuring real Colorado riders with heart-stopping stories. View one of the videos at: http://tinyurl.com/ridewise.

VNA warns of rabies, hantavirus this spring

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice (brown on top and white underneath, with large ears), according to a press release from the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns. You can become infected when you inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings. Air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach (one cup bleach per gallon of water) to spray materials you have used for cleaning mouse droppings. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus.

Bats, fox, porcupines and other small rodents can have rabies.

■ Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually from bites.

■ Most human cases in the United States are caused by bats.

■ Bat bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor.

CDOT asks drivers to drive distraction-free

In recognition and support of the National Safety Council's designation of April as "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," the Colorado Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign focused on the notion that a sending a text message while driving is like wearing a five-second blindfold, according to a CDOT press release.

CDOT and the NSC remind everyone this April to combat distracted driving by doing the following:

■ Put your cellphone out of reach while driving to reduce the temptation to pick it up.

■ Recognize that hands-free devices offer little safety benefit, as they distract from your brain's ability to multitask.

■ Understand the dangers of cognitive distraction to the brain.

■ Be vocal with family and friends about the dangers of distracted driving.

There are many statistics surrounding this issue, including the fact that with each text sent or received, a driver's eyes are diverted from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds — enough time to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph — blindfolded.