Craig briefs: Workforce Center hosts career fair Thursday
April 15, 2014
The Discovery Expo Youth Career and Job Fair will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at Colorado Northwestern Community College's Craig campus, 2801 W. Ninth St.
The event will feature numerous businesses seeking young employees and is sponsored by the Colorado Workforce Center, Craig Daily Press, CNCC, Moffat County High School Student Council and Craig Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, call 970-824-1112 or 970-824-3246 or visit http://www.connectingcolorado.com.
Click It or Ticket effort cites 1,716 rural drivers
Many rural drivers took their life in their hands, and now, they are out $65 because they didn't do something that takes less than two seconds — buckle their seat belt. During the Click It or Ticket rural enforcement period that occurred from March 31 to April 6, law enforcement agencies throughout rural Colorado issued 1,716 citations to drivers who weren't buckled up, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release.
"In 2013, 70 percent of unbuckled fatalities involved a person being ejected from their vehicle. I can't help but wonder what would have happened in those cases if the people had been wearing their seat belt," Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in a statement.
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The next Click It or Ticket enforcement period will take place again statewide from May 12 to 25. Drivers stopped for a traffic violation not wearing a seat belt will be ticketed and fined $65.
Meeker to host Temple Grandin on April 26
Join the Meeker Future Farmers of America alumni to hear Temple Grandin speak at 5 p.m. April 26 at the Meeker High School Auditorium. Temple is an American doctor of animal science. She teaches at Colorado State University and is an autism activist, according to a press release.
This event is an opportunity to hear her story. Purchase tickets at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce or online at the chamber website. Adults are $10 each, children 3 to 12 are $5 and children 3 and younger are free.
Boaters reminded of duties as season starts
Boating season has begun across the state, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding everyone heading to their favorite lakes or reservoirs to be safe this year, according to a press release.
Following the state's boating laws not only can help prevent deaths and injuries, it will help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species, a serious threat to Colorado's waters. In Northwest Colorado, several boating areas officially have opened for the season with more to open as the weather warms up.
At Highline Lake State Park, northwest of Grand Junction, a dredging operation to remove a buildup of silt has been completed. The popular lake opened to boating and other water recreation Monday.
The required equipment may vary depending on the type of watercraft. At a minimum, boats must have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device per person on board. Youths 12 and younger are required to wear an approved PFD at all times while on a boat. Other required equipment includes an approved sound producing device, a Type IV throwable device and a fire extinguisher on some motorboats.
In 2013, 20 percent of all boat accidents involved the use of alcohol, drugs or both. Boating under the influence can be punishable by a year in jail, a loss of boating privileges for three months, fines as much as $1,000 and 96 hours of community service.
Community calendar is online, in newspaper
The Craig Daily Press has a robust and thorough community calendar that can be found on page 4 of the Craig Daily Press or online at CraigDailyPress.com/events. Check out the newspaper's calendar for your event needs. If you'd like to submit a calendar event, email your listing to editor@CraigDailyPress.com, or call 970-875-1790.
New data reveals all of state at risk for radon
Twelve Colorado counties previously considered to be at moderate risk for radon exposure have been upgraded to the high-risk category, according to a press release. The change means all 64 Colorado counties are categorized as Zone 1 for radon, or high-risk by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Counties in Zone 1 have an estimated indoor radon average greater than four picocuries per liter (pCi/L), the action level where EPA recommends homeowners install mitigation equipment.
The 12 affected counties are: Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Eagle, Hinsdale, La Plata, Mineral, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache and San Juan. Although the designation does not mean that every home in the county will have radon above the action level, state officials strongly encourage all Colorado residents to test their homes for radon and to consider installing mitigation systems if radon levels exceed four pCi/L.
A colorless, odorless radioactive gas, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon, which occurs naturally from the decay of uranium in soil, is abundant in Colorado. The only way to know if your household is being exposed to radon is to test. Test kits are inexpensive and the tests are easy to perform. For additional information, visit http://www.coloradoradon.info.