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Craig briefs: Moffat County Draft Horse Show is Saturday

The Moffat County Horse Power Draft Horse Show and competitions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Local and out-of-town work horse owners will show off their horses. The event is free. For more information, call Mardi Anson at 970-629-2380.

Plein air painting kicks off Wednesday in Meeker

The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a plein air painting competition with a grand prize of $1,000 from Wednesday through July 4. Paintings have to be on stamped boards, framed and turned in by July 2. There will be a meet and greet July 3 and a Quick Draw on July 4. There is an entry fee of $15 per board and the paintings must be of areas within 50 miles of downtown Meeker.

Call the Meeker Chamber at 970-878-5510 for more information. A plein air painting outing is offered by Hayden artists. Artists will congregate at 8:30 am Tuesday at the Granary in Hayden and travel to the Elkhead Schoolhouse north of town.

Rio Blanco art auction is seeking original art

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society will host an art auction during the Fourth of July holiday in Meeker. It would like one or two original pieces of art to display beginning July 1 at the Fawn Creek Gallery with a silent auction. Dee Weiss, the owner of Fawn Creek, is donating mount, mat and shrink wrap to promote the show. Call Sparky Pappas, of RBC, at 970-878-9982 at the museum for more information.

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MCHS Class of 1974 to host 40th reunion Aug. 1

Moffat County High School Class of 1974 will host its 40th reunion at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Popular Bar.

On Aug. 2, the class will have a dinner at the Tin Cup restaurant at the golf course with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner. The fun will continue Aug. 3 with a farewell gathering at 9 a.m. at the O.P. Bar and Grill for breakfast and visiting. If you are a classmate and have not been notified or need more information, call Joe Brookshire at 970-824-8574 or email j.brookshire@bresnan.net.

CDOT asks Coloradans 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, friends and co-workers 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.

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 news 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. Never touch these animals. Did you know:

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

■ Not all bats have rabies, but 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.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/rabies.