Craig briefs: TMH prepares for possibility of Ebola
TMH employees are taking several steps to ready themselves for the possibility of needing to provide treatment to a patient with the Ebola virus. The hospital is actively attending and responding to all protocols broadcasted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Health Alert Network and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
A TMH preparedness team of leaders, physicians and safety experts has taken several concrete steps to ensure readiness. Steps include adapting the screening process in the emergency department and registration to identify potential patients early on, getting daily information and attending webinars weekly from the CDC and others, creating policies and procedures strictly for Ebola, running practice drills on isolation procedures and having Tyvek isolation suits complete with eye shields and hoods at the ready.
The hospital is prepared to respond to Ebola and is making exacting efforts to protect the public from an outbreak. If you have any questions, call Jennifer Riley at 970-824-9411.
Craig Daily Press begins Hunter Photo Contest
The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its annual Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will be collecting submissions through Dec. 12. All photos will be posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page, and whoever gets the most likes on their hunting photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send your photos to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. Additionally, many of the photos could appear in next year’s Colorado Hunter magazine.
For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.
Senior Center will hold Coffee and Conversation
Coffee and Conversation will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Bell Tower building in Craig. Lila Herod will be there to discuss ballot issues, and CNCC President Russel George will stop by to have coffee. Betsy Packard will be on hand to answer questions about the Medicare open enrollment. Craig senior citizens and the community are invited to attend. Please note that the Tuesday Coffee and a Conversations will continue to meet at the Bell Tower building. The move to the Boys & Girls Club has been canceled.
Field dressing big game class coming to fruition
With the big game hunting seasons upon us, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer a free Field Dressing Big Game seminar to show hunters how to care for their harvested animal, from the field to the table, according to a press release.
The class will take place at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the agency’s Horsethief Canyon State Wildlife Area near Fruita. Registration is required and is limited to the first 20 that sign-up. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/53580 or call 970-255-6100.
Colorado hunting regulations require that all big game animals be prepared for human consumption as soon as possible after being harvested.
“Field dressing is often the most challenging part of a successful hunt,” Dick Severin, instructor and assistant northwest region hunter outreach coordinator, said in a statement. “Hunters need to know how to field dress the animal properly, not only to comply with hunting regulations but to ensure the meat remains edible as well.”
Severin stressed that the course will provide great info for novices and experienced hunters as well. Instructors will demonstrate tips and techniques using an actual big game animal. In addition to field dressing, other topics include quartering, transporting the meat from the field, the best cuts for table fare and taxidermy.
Pile burning to begin on local forest lands
With the onset of fall weather and snow in the mountains, fire crews are beginning to burn slash piles at multiple locations across the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming, according to a press release.
It is estimated that thousands of piles remain on the two National Forests, even after multiple years of this type of work. Forest users and the public should be aware of and expect to see smoke, as many piles will be burned near communities and popular recreation areas. Questions should be directed to your local Ranger District Office.
“Our annual program of work now includes burning slash piles,” Vern Bentley, fire management officer for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, said in a statement. “We anticipate removing fuels by burning piles for years to come, and our crews are well trained in this type of work.”
Throughout the past few years, the two forests have completed many forest management projects, including removing dead trees from travel corridors and recreation areas, as well as reducing hazardous fuels generated from the bark beetle epidemic. Fuels remaining in these areas have been gathered into piles, either mechanically or by hand. The main objective of the pile burns is to reduce the remaining dead fuels, which is in the best interest of long-term public safety.
Recent periods of wet, cool weather have prompted crews to begin preparations for burning piles. While conditions in some locations are currently favorable, fire managers will continue to monitor weather forecasts prior to igniting piles. Burns are only initiated if conditions are within established parameters for safe, effective fires. Predicted weather needs to allow for safe burning and the elimination of any threat of fire spreading to surrounding vegetation. Pile burning will continue all fall and winter, as long as weather permits.
For more information, contact the following Forest Service Offices, visit http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter @MBRNFsTBNG.
■ Forest Supervisor’s Office, 2468 Jackson St., Laramie, Wyoming, 307-745-2300
■ Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger District, 2171 Highway 130, Saratoga, Wyoming, 307-326-5258
■ Douglas Ranger District, 2250 E. Richards St., Douglas, Wyoming, 307-358-4690
■ Hahns Peak-Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive, Steamboat Springs, 970-870-2299
■ Laramie Ranger District, 2468 Jackson St,, Laramie, Wyoming, 307-745-2300
■ Parks Ranger District, 100 Main St., Walden, 970-723-2700
■ Yampa Ranger District, 300 Roselawn Ave., Yampa, 970-638-4516
Health care premiums are dropping for the first time in a long time, and for the individual marketplace on the Western Slope, premiums are going down dramatically.