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Craig briefs: Scholarships available for high school seniors

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation now has an online application for its scholarships offered to high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties.

Scholarship criteria and the link to the application can be found at http://www.yvcf.org/scholarships. Email erin@yvcf.org for more information.

Scam alert issued for all YVEA members

We have received several calls from members alerting us that they have received calls from people fictitiously representing Yampa Valley Electric Association. The people are telling members that they have not received payment for their November bill and power will be disconnected if a payment is not received. This is a scam. The number from caller ID is 866-373-4410 and when called is answered as "Disconnection Department." This is a not a legal or recognized representative of YVEA. If you receive a call of this nature, call your local police department or YVEA at 970-879-1160 and report it. Remember to never give personal or bank information to unknown parties.

YVMC presents April Lactation Conference

In partnership with Colorado WIC, Yampa Valley Medical Center will present a two-day conference for health care professionals to help equip them to effectively assess and manage lactation challenges in expectant mothers, breastfeeding women and nursing infants. The two-day, low-cost regional trainings will provide up-to-date, evidence-based, clinically relevant information. Professionals can find more information and register for one or both days online at http://www.teachsourceinc.com. Dr. M. Neifert will be the presenter.

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The following health care professionals are invited to attend: primary care physicians and resident physicians; mid-level practitioners (PAs, NPs, CNMs); nurses (hospital, office, community and public health nurses who work with mother-baby pairs); lactation consultants and breastfeeding counselors; Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children staff (RDs, RNs, educators, breastfeeding peer counselors); childbirth and breastfeeding educators; and other health workers who care for pregnant women.

CPW warns to keep dogs from wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is issuing a warning to people whose dogs chase wildlife: Keep them under control and away from deer, elk and other wild animals, or face the possibility of steep fines and the loss of a beloved pet.

Dogs that chase wild animals can cause them extreme stress and injuries from bites, wildlife officials said.

By late winter, many big game animals susceptible to dog harassment are pregnant females. As they run to escape, deer and elk expend crucial energy that can lead to an increase in the mortality rate of the animals or their unborn calves and fawns.

To report any instance of dogs chasing wildlife, the public can call the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or Colorado State Patrol. In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274, including surcharges.

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.

Meeker to host Carson and Barnes Circus

Ticket sales for the circus will begin in the coming weeks. The event will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 in Meeker. More information will become available later this month.

The Carson and Barnes Circus has been on the road for 80 seasons this year. It is the largest tented show in the United States, traveling approximately 230 days each year, playing two shows in each town every day. 

For more information or to buy tickets, call 970-878-5510.