News briefs for Nov. 19
The Colorado Geological Survey’s Colorado Avalanche Information Center began Nov. 12 its 22nd season of providing mountain weather and avalanche forecasts to the public in communities across the state.
Nick Logan, associate director, said 61 people were caught in avalanches last year. The three fatalities were 50 percent less than the annual average for Colorado. Three people have died in avalanches this winter in other states.
To help keep this from happening here, the CAIC staff teaches numerous avalanche awareness courses that are offered throughout the winter.
“Our goal is to have no avalanche deaths or serious injuries, so we help people learn as much as possible before venturing into the backcountry,” Logan said.
CAIC staff members taught classes to more that 2,800 people last year. In addition to formal classes, the CAIC has two publications available, “The Snowy Torrents” and the newly-revised “Avalanche Wise: Your Guide to Avalanche Safety in Colorado.”
To get snowpack conditions and mountain weather forecasts, Western Slope residents can call 668-0600 in Summit County and Vail, 920-1664 in Aspen, 247-8187 in Durango and 349-4022 in Crested Butte.
For more information about CAIC programs or to order copies of CAIC publications, call the Colorado Geological Survey at (303) 866-4762 or visit the CAIC Web site at geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.
Additional community coat drives announced
The Community Coat Drive sponsored by Love INC of the Yampa Valley has announced dates and locations for its upcoming coat drives. Used coats are collected and cleaned for the drive, and volunteers are available to assist people as they come in for coats.
Anyone who needs a coat may come, regardless of income. The only rule is one coat per person per year.
Parents may pick up coats for their children.
Coat drives have been scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 26 at the First Congregational Church , 630 Green St. Drives also are scheduled at First Congregational from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.
Call the church at 826-6836 or Love INC of the Yampa Valley at 826-4400 from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Don’t quit smoking cold turkey; get help instead
Research shows that people who quit tobacco with the help of cessation services have up to a 25 percent better chance of quitting successfully than those who quit “cold turkey.” Moffat County residents who smoke or chew have taken advantage of Colorado’s free Quitnet cessation service (co.quitnet.com). Great American SmokeOut Quit Kits sponsored by the VNA Tobacco Prevention Program and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are available until Nov. 26 at Kmart, City Market and Safeway Pharmacies and at the VNA office on Russell Street.
Employees who smoke are less productive
Productivity is lower among employees who smoke. Employers are encouragesmoking cessation by providing “Quit Kits” to interested employees until Nov. 26. Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Tobacco Prevention Program at 879-1632, ext. 39, or Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 824-5752.
Flu shots available
for prioritized groups
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 months to 23 months, adults ages 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, health care workers with direct patient care or out-of-home care givers, household contacts with children younger than 6 months, and individuals with a chronic medical condition. Flu shots cost $18. Clinics will be at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., from noon to 4 p.m. today. For more information, call 824-8233.
Young Life group
offers snow camp
Moffat County Young Life is sponsoring a snow camp for seventh- and eighth-graders in December. The camp will be at the Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista and costs $125 a child. An informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the former Greyhound Bus Station, 470 Russell St. Call David Pressgrove at 629-9600.
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