Craig briefs: County commission in action |

Craig briefs: County commission in action

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

• Discussed a new contractual agreement with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association to restructure the county’s public health system.

The state Legislature passed the Public Health Revitalization Act in 2008, which created different requirements for local public health entities. Moffat County does have its own public health department but has contracted with the VNA to provide those services – such as government-funded nursing programs and early childhood care.

County officials do not want to change the local system, which they think is an effective and streamlined use of local resources, and so hope to fit the current partnership arrangement into the state’s new requirements.

The Commission plans to meet with Sue Birch, VNA chief executive officer, at 8 a.m. Thursday to discuss the new contract. The commissioners said their goal is to have all public services remain effectively the same for the public as they do now.

• Approved, 3-0, a $8,080 bid from Yampa-based Ager Drilling Services to drill for limestone pits for the road and bridge department. Ager will core-drill two holes and drill four other test holes off County Road 10.

The county hopes to use limestone for its gravel roads in the future. Officials believe it will be a sturdier and smoother road base.

• Approved, 2-0, personnel requisitions for two part-time crisis intervention specialists for the Crisis Intervention Team, and a part-time maintenance position for Sherman Youth Camp.

All positions are budgeted for.

VNA offers required school vaccinations

Parents, now is the time to take a look at school immunization requirements and recommendations, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Some colleges require the meningococcal vaccine for entering freshmen. Other recommended vaccines include Hepatitis A and HPV (females only).

Other school requirements for fall 2009 are as follows: Tdap for students entering sixth and 10th grades and for students who did not previously receive a Tdap in seventh, eighth, 11th or 12th grade. DTaP, Polio, MMR and Varicella (chicken pox) are required for students entering kindergarten (additional immunizations may be required if your child is not up to date).

VNA provides immunizations for children from no charge to $14; the VNA never refuse a vaccination to a child because of an inability to pay. For more information, call 824-8233.

Donations accepted for local injured man

Two local families have opened a donation account for Craig resident Ricky Bustad, 37, who was hospitalized after crashing his motorcycle west of Hayden.

Richard and Gayle Kendall and Roger and Betty Miesner, longtime friends of Bustad’s extended family, opened an account at Bank of the West in Craig on his behalf to help with medical costs.

Residents who wish to make a donation can do so by making a deposit in Ricky Bustad’s name at Bank of the West, 139 E. Victory Way. Cards and well wishes also can be sent to Amy Bustad, c/o Carolyn Moehle, 6853 Moore St., Arvada, CO 80006.

Date announced for first Farmers Market

The first Farmers Market of the year is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. June 18 at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. The market features regionally homegrown and handmade products for sale. For more information, call Kay at 620-4917.

Health & Fitness offers boxing class for youths

A new boxing program is beginning for youths ages 10 to 17. Holistic Health & Fitness, 420 Breeze St., will host an orientation for its kid’s boxing program at 7 p.m. June 5 at the fitness center. Parents need to attend the orientation if they would like their children to participate. For more information, call Karrie Booth at 824-4700.

CNCC adult learning going to New England

Colorado Northwestern Community College is sponsoring an adult learning adventure trip to Vermont from Sept. 19 to 25. In Vermont, students will view shipwrecks from the 1800s in Lake Champlain, go to museums, Revolutionary War sites, a seventh-generation maple farm and many other historic sites.

The group also will tour Boston, including Beacon Hill and the Old North Church.

Registration for the tour is limited. For more information or to register, call Mary Morris at 824-1135.

VNA is trying to help smokers quit habit

$2,062. That’s the amount of money a pack-a-day smoker spends on cigarettes each year, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reported May 6. “Cigarettes are up to $6 per pack – can you really afford this habit?” the VNA stated in a news release.

The VNA and Colorado Quit Line can help. You can get free counseling, patches and gum through the Colorado Quit Line at 800-QUIT-NOW or

VNA now offering respiratory screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association now is offering free screenings for patients who have been experiencing breathing problems or have been diagnosed with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other related respiratory illnesses in Moffat, Routt and Jackson counties. Spirometry testing, pulmonary functions studies, prescription medications and disease management are available at a reduced charge based on income.

For more information or to schedule a screening, call registered nurse Victoria Barron, Community Health Educator, at 970-875-1883.

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