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Craig briefs: Participants interact at suicide awareness event







— One of the many messages that resonated during a Community Suicide Awareness Training seminar Tuesday was expressed by Craig Thornhill and several others in attendance: If in doubt, speak.

"When in doubt, call," said Thornhill, program director for Mind Springs Health, in Craig. "Period. Across the board. Call."

Moffat County United Way and Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide partnered to offer the training Tuesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig. About 75 people attended this free training. Attendees included a cross-section of professionals and residents who provided observations about their contact, direct and indirect, with suicide.

Meghan Francone, executive director of REPS, led much of the session. She rgot help from Molly Fiore, program director of SpeakUp ReachOut, the suicide prevention coalition of Eagle County; Norm Rimmer, school resource officer with the Craig Police Department; and Amanda Arnold, executive director of the Moffat County United Way.

The Mind Springs Health crisis line is 888-207-4004. The REPS crisis line is 970-846-8182 and the National Suicide Hotline is 800-273-8255.

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Coffee and a Newspaper slated for 7 am today

Join the Craig Daily Press at 7 a.m. today at The Memorial Hospital for the monthly Coffee and a Newspaper event. The newspaper will discuss retail marijuana with Craig residents and law enforcement and ask, "What would it take to get retail marijuana legalized in Craig?" For more information, call 970-875-1788. Free coffee and pastries will be provided.

Northwest Colorado Health: new VNA name

Beginning today, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will become Northwest Colorado Health, according to a news release from the organization. The new name is part of a comprehensive strategic effort led by the board of directors, leadership and staff at all levels of the organization. The shared goal is to better communicate who it is, what it does and why it's important.

The nonprofit organization started more than 50 years ago as a home health provider in Routt and Moffat counties. Through the decades, the agency's services have grown to include primary care at clinics in Steamboat Springs and Craig, public health disease prevention and wellness programs in Routt, Moffat and Jackson counties and home health and hospice services in Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. Northwest Colorado Health also owns and operates The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden and Rollingstone Respite House in Steamboat Springs.

The name Northwest Colorado Health better reflects the wide range of health services provided and people served.

Locations remain unchanged. Northwest Colorado Health's main offices and clinics are located at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 in Steamboat Springs and 745 Russell St. in Craig. Additional offices are located at 480 Rollingstone Drive in Steamboat Springs and 613 First Street in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Free dinner set for Friday in downtown Craig

Yampa Valley Young Professionals have teamed up with the Downtown Business Association to offer a free Yampa Valley Community Dinner to Craig residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Alice Pleasant Park in downtown Craig. Live entertainment and a cash-only beer garden will also be available until 9 p.m. The event is part of DBA's Friday Fest, which will feature a farmers market each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Kirstie McPherson at 970-629-5915.

Yampa River State Park to host weekend events

Yampa River State Park has events planned for Friday though Sunday at Yampa River State Park located at 6185 U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden.

■ 8 p.m. Friday or dusk: An interpretive ranger will fill the evening with tall tales, campfire stories, s'mores and a warm fire. Bring a camp chair.

■ All day Saturday: Spend the morning at the town park in Hayden and learn to fish at Huck Finn Days. Then, come to the park and learn how to become a junior ranger.

■ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: Learn about tracks. How big is a bear track? What does a porcupine track look like? Join Yampa River State Park's interpretive ranger and learn what animals footprints look like and create your own.