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Craig briefs: CPW reminds people to not touch young wildlife

This is the time of year when wild animals give birth to their young, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals, according to a press release.

"We know that people are trying to be helpful, but the young animals are best cared for by their own parents," said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "The best thing people can do is to leave young wildlife alone."

During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.

"The animals have not been abandoned. Young animals are often left alone to allow the mother to feed, to help them avoid predators and to learn how to live in the wild," DelPiccolo said.

Deer provide a good example of how wildlife adapt behaviors to help them survive. Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When the mother doe senses a predator might be close by, it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.

Class of 1994 reunion slated for this weekend

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The Moffat County High School Class of 1994 is holding its 20th class reunion Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/mchs1994reunion?ref=h1 or call Jaime at 970-629-5440; Marci at 970-629-5096; Cameron at 970-629-5978; or Stacey at 970-629-0880.

Letters of intent for grant due Monday

Letters of intent for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation annual Community Grants are due Monday.

Nonprofits that serve Routt and Moffat counties are invited to apply. Visit http://www.yvcf.org for the letter of intent application. Questions can be directed to erin@yvcf.org.

Measles cases on rise in the United States

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing a high number of reported measles cases, many of which were acquired during international travel, according to a release.

A total of 129 measles cases have been reported in the U.S. in 2014, the highest number reported since 1996. Of these cases, 34 were imported from other countries, such as the Philippines. The Philippines has been experiencing an explosive outbreak of measles, with about 20,000 confirmed or suspected cases reported during January and February, including 69 deaths.

Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains contagious for as long as two hours on surfaces and in the air. Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death. CDC recommends international travelers, school age children and college students receive two MMR vaccinations. Children between ages 1 and 3 years old should receive one dose of MMR, but two doses if they are traveling internationally.

For more information about getting vaccinated against measles, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 or contact your health care provider.