Craig briefs: Intro to public health offered in June |

Craig briefs: Intro to public health offered in June

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials is offering Introduction to Public Health in Colorado from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18 and 8:30 a.m. to noon June 19 at The Haven Community Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane, Hayden.

Topics include public health history, the structure of Colorado’s public health system, health disparities, the 10 essential public health services, emergency preparedness, chronic disease, environmental health and health statistics.

This course is a must-have for any person new to the field of public health or those who have worked in only one aspect of public health and would like to learn more.

The cost of $40 per person includes all materials, a light breakfast each day, lunch on day one and beverages. Register online at:

American Legion pool closed for the summer

The American Legion’s open swimming is now closed for the summer.

The Legion does not have a lifeguard to staff the pool this summer, the organization said in a news release.

Senior swimming will be closed from June 8 to 19 for pool maintenance. It will reopen June 22.

SHARE registration scheduled Wednesday

SHARE Craig registration is scheduled for 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St.

Distribution Day is scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m. June 20, also at the church.

For more information, call Karen Gibson at 824-7939.

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.

Workshop to address prairie dog conservation

Conservation of prairie dogs in Northwest Colorado will be the subject of a one-day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 10 at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Highway 13.

The workshop is an early step in the implementation of the Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan, which is being developed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and various stakeholders.

The purpose of the planning effort is to ensure conservation of prairie dogs and to avoid the need for a listing of the species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

At the workshop, interested stakeholders will consider the options presented in the conservation plan and help identify specific management actions that will be most effective at the local level. Stakeholders will discuss issues unique to Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, rank proposed conservation strategies and develop an outline for a local action plan.

Although many interested stakeholders have been personally invited to attend the day-long workshop, it is open to members of the public who are interested in participating in the group discussions to develop the local conservation solutions and strategies. More than 40 stakeholders have been invited to participate, including private landowners, conservationists, concerned citizens and representatives of local, federal and state agencies.

“This work session is not an opportunity for people to explain how they feel about prairie dogs,” said Brad Petch, DOW senior wildlife conservation biologist for Northwest Colorado. “We understand the debate, but we need to move past it to make sure we conserve this species and avoid the need for it to be federally listed.”

Anyone who did not receive an invitation and information packet, but who would like to attend the full-day workshop should contact Brian Holmes, DOW conservation biologist, at or 970-878-6063.

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