News briefs for Nov. 11 |

News briefs for Nov. 11

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering several drop-in flu clinics this month for all prioritized groups. To qualify as “prioritized,” individuals must fall under one of the following categories: children ages 6 to 23 months, adults age 65 and older, women who will be pregnant during influenza season, residents of nursing homes and long term care facilities, children 6 months to 18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy, healthcare workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers and household contacts with children younger than 6 months old. Flu shots cost $18. Clinics will be held at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., from noon to 4 p.m. Friday ; from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday; from 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday; and from noon to 4 p.m Nov. 19 . For more information, call 824-8233.

Online quitting resource for chew tobacco users

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is on Nov. 18, and those who use smokeless tobacco are encouraged to participate along with smokers to quit or reduce their use. is a free, self-help quitting program that is now being offered as part of a research study by Oregon Research Institute sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Smokeless tobacco may be a factor in 9,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. More than 6 million Americans use smokeless tobacco regularly. Research shows that chewers and dippers have similar, or even higher, levels of nicotine in their bloodstreams than smokers who smoke a pack of cigarettes or more a day. For more information or to enroll in the program, log on to

Transportation available to children’s play day

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig is hosting another play day from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The school district will provide transportation to the club. Boys and Girls Club members can ride their regularly assigned buses in the morning, but parents will be responsible for picking up their children in the afternoon. The play day is open to all members of the club at no charge (nonmembers can call the number below for more information). Snacks will be provided, but children need to bring their own lunches.

Members should also be aware that the Boys and Girls Club will be closed to all activities Nov. 24 to Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, call Rob Winn at 826-0411.

Anglers round table

to discuss regulations

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be hosting an Anglers’ Roundtable meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Carpenter Ranch, three miles east of Hayden. The main agenda is to solicit issues from anglers about fishing regulations. The DOW also will give brief summaries of recent fish management activities in the area. All are invited to attend; refreshments and snacks will be served.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission reviews statewide fishing regulations every five years and is about to begin the review process for the next five-year period (2006-2010). The meeting is an opportunity for anglers to have input on fishing regulations before they are put into place. Suggestions from the meeting will be compiled for an initial presentation to the Wildlife Commission in March 2005. Call Bill Elmblad at 255-6187.

Classes for caregivers available to ease stress

The Visiting Nurse Association and the Alzheimer’s Association are offering classes to help those who have lost loved ones or who are caregivers to their loved ones get through the holidays.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers “Handling Holiday Stress,” a class to help caregivers enjoy the holidays with their loved ones. It is a free program and will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Sand Rock Ridge Care and Rehab, 943 W. Eighth Drive.

The VNA offers “Getting Through the Holidays,” a free class to help those who have lost loved ones deal with the stress of the holidays . The class will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the VNA Building, 745 Russel St., in the Silver Room.

Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 824-3985 or the VNA at 824-8233.

Self-help housing comes to Hayden and Oak Creek

Hands On Housing, a self-help housing program sponsored by the U.S.D.A. and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, will be hosting an informational meeting at 7 p.m.Nov. 15 in the U.S.D.A. Rural Development Office in the Country Mall, 356 Ranney St., Suite 20. The program is currently seeking families or individuals interested in building and owning their own home in Hayden or Oak Creek. Call the Yampa Valley Housing Authority at 970-870-0167.

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