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Craig briefs: Conferences for MCHS parents and teachers

Parent-teacher conferences at Moffat County High School will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday. Choir, drama band and art teachers will be available only Tuesday. Parents can come and meet teachers and be involved with education.

Middle school to hold conferences Thursday

Parent-Teacher Conferences for Craig Middle School will be held from 4:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday. Staff members will not be available prior to 4:15 p.m. Parents may pick up their students' first quarter report card and conference with their students' teachers beginning at 4:15 p.m. Conferences will be held in an Open House format. We ask that if you need more than five to 10 minutes with each teacher that you make an appointment to meet with your child's team of teachers during a school day.

Immunization clinic to be held at middle school

Craig Middle School will be hosting an immunization clinic from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at 915 Yampa Ave. on the night of parent-teacher conferences. TdAP, Menactra and flu shots will be available. The cost per shot is $21.50 for those 18 and younger and $25 for adults. FluMist is available for $35. All types of insurance accepted. Bring a copy of your insurance card so that the school can bill accordingly.

Teen motor vehicle fatalities rise in 2012

Parents of teenagers might think they don't have influence on their kids, but when it comes to safe driving, they do — and it could mean the difference between life and death. From 2004 to 2011, rates of motor vehicle crash deaths among 15- to 19-year-olds in Colorado dropped more than 67 percent, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation. However, in 2012, Colorado experienced a 10 percent rise in teen fatalities from 2011.

"The pairing of statewide education and heightened enforcement has contributed to a significant decline in teen driving fatalities, but the increase in 2012 is cause for concern," said Ali Maffey, policy and communication coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. "Before teen drivers get behind the wheel on their own, experts suggest parents sign a contract with their teenager outlining clear rules and specific consequences if rules are broken. This accountability goes a long way in decreasing a teen's risk of motor vehicle crash or fatality."

In conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, through Saturday this week, the Colorado Teen Driving Alliance launched a new online parent course providing step-by-step instructions on how parents can support their teens through Colorado's Graduated Driver Licensing laws. The course was prompted by a new Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment survey of 738 parents of teens throughout Colorado showing only 6.4 percent of parents could accurately identify components of graduated driver licensing laws, including curfews, passenger restrictions and seat belt requirements.

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"The best way to put yourself at ease is to get up-to-speed on the process of getting a license, understand the specific restrictions for teen drivers and treat the learning process as a true partnership with your teen by helping each other navigate Colorado's laws and safety guidelines," said Carol Gould, highway safety manager at CDOT.

Teen drivers must log 50 hours of practice driving with a parent or legal guardian. The online parent course guides parents through lesson ideas to cover during those 50 hours. To learn more about Colorado's graduated driving licensing laws visit http://www.coteendriver.com.

Colorado new vehicle registrations are up

Colorado new car and truck sales are up 12.5 percent for the first nine months of 2013 compared to the same time in 2012. Registrations also are up 4.5 percent for September compared to the same month a year earlier, according to the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. 

 New vehicle registrations for Dodge, Ram, BMW and Porsche each increased more than 30 percent during the first nine months of this year. Dodge led the way with a 51 percent increase, followed by Ram and BMW, which were both up 33.2 percent, and Porsche ended the period up at 30.5 percent.

 Meanwhile, the used vehicle market in Colorado was down 1.5 percent in September 2013 (vehicles 7 years old or newer) though improved 3.1 percent, year-to-date.

 For a complete copy of the September 2013 Colorado Auto Outlook Report, email The InterPro Group at pr@interprogroup.com or call 303-503-6677