News briefs for Dec. 24 |

News briefs for Dec. 24

Patch offer too popular for one Quitline

So many state residents called the Colorado Quitline to get free nicotine patches, officials have had to add another telephone line.

Nicotine patches are meant to help smokers kick the habit and control cigarette cravings.

Karen DeLeeuw, director of the State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership, said that if callers receive a fast-circuit, busy signal when calling the Quitline at 1-800-639-7848, they should try to call (303) 398-6461, which is the new telephone number.

The organization, based at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, added the extra line to handle the large volume of calls it had received since Dec. 14, when it launched the program.

The Quitline, operated by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center under contract with the state, fielded more than 3,500 calls from Colorado smokers during the first week of the new campaign.

The campaign offers a free, eight-week supply of nicotine patches to Quitline participants.

Registration open for youth hockey league

Craig Youth Hockey’s instructional house league is accepting registration at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department at Craig City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St.

The house league is a recreational league. Play begins in January and lasts until March.

Protective equipment is available for $20 with a $10 refund upon return. Equipment handout will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena.

Practices will be at 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for skaters age 8 and younger (mites). Practices begin Jan. 2.

Practices will be at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for skaters age 9 and older (squirts and peewees). Practices begin Jan. 3.

The cost to play in the league is $79.

For information, call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Mark Bangs at 824-8211.

Commissioners have new phone number

The phone number for the Moffat County commissioners’ office has changed.

The main number for the commissioners is now 824-5517.

The new number is meant to give callers access to all commissioners.

The phone number for Stephanie Pearce, Moffat County administrative assistant, is now 824-9141.

The numbers changed after the county hired a new assistant to commissioners.

All other county phone numbers will remain the same.

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