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Red Cross seeking Moffat County volunteers for free disaster training

American Red Cross of Western Colorado will be training Moffat County volunteers on disaster cycle services, psychological first aid, and more during sessions Saturday, Aug. 24, according to a news release from the organization.

“Have you ever heard of the five Initial Actions?” the Red Cross asks in its release. “If we are asked to respond to a disaster, such as a wildfire, typically these are the first five actions we take or activities we are planning for: sheltering, feeding, staffing the emergency operations center, damage assessment and public affairs and fundraising. There are many moving parts when these actions take place and we need your help to do it.”

The Red Cross is seen as the primary disaster relief agency in many rural counties throughout the nation.

“In many counties, Red Cross is looked to as the primary agency to provide mass care services to community members that have been impacted by disaster,” the release said. “If there are evacuations and a need for sheltering, we will be notified, and we need your help to be successful. We need to ensure that we have volunteers trained so we can respond quickly and efficiently.” 

Josh Stewart, the Red Cross’ volunteer recruitment manager in Colorado and Wyoming, said local Red Cross volunteers have dwindled over the years.

“We are thrilled to offer this training in Moffat County,” Stewart said. “We have gone through some attrition over the last few years and we need to build up our team in the area. These trainings provide the perfect starting point for any community member that is interested in becoming part of the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  While we have some great folks in this part of our territory, we do absolutely need more volunteers. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you’re interested in signing up.”

For more information about training or volunteering with the Red Cross, contact Stewart at 970-242-6646 or joshua.stewart@redcross.org.

Yampa River flow slowing in Moffat County, but mosquitoes sticking around with moisture

It was raging at more than 10,000 cubic feet per second and still hasn’t relinquished much of the low-lying areas of Craig, but the Yampa River’s baseflow continues its drop after peaking June 23.

According to United States Geological Survey data, the Yampa River’s June run was a torrent — rising up to 10 feet on the river gauge below Craig. The Yampa River is now flowing at a slower, but still a quicker pace than normal at a little more than 3,000 cubic feet per second.

“The snow is melting and will continue to melt and then we’ll be done with the runoff,” said Erin Light, an engineer with Colorado’s Division of Water Resources. “We’re certainly way at the tail end of the runoff. But some of that runoff is still coming off. Also the snow at the lower elevations is soaked into the ground and creating an underground source of water in the Yampa — a higher baseflow. So I do think we will see a higher baseflow because of all the moisture.”

This time last year, the Yampa River in Craig was but a trickle — about 225 cfs on July 13, 2018, according to USGS data. But Light said there’s nothing in that data suggesting residents of the Yampa Valley should be worried.

“I’m not seeing anything alarming given the weather we’ve had over the last six months seeing these flows this high,” Light said. “Yeah, it is substantially above normal, but we also had a slow warming up, a slow runoff, and a very high water year. So, this is not alarming to me in any way.”

Some residents were alarmed when a mosquito tested positive for West Nile virus early this month — a product of the high water sitting across much of the area. City and county officials soon began their yearly ground and aerial spraying for mosquitoes, including Friday in Maybell and possibly into Monday, July 15.

Adam Tucker, a pilot whose Mountain Air Spray company has flown the skies above the Yampa Valley for decades, said they are using Perm-X 3030, a common adulticide for mosquito control.

“It’s permethrin,” Tucker said of the pesticide’s active ingredient. “It’s widely used. They make clothing with permethrin in it.”

According to a 2011 amended registration found on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, Perm-X 3030 can be toxic to aquatic organisms in bodies of water when runoff occurs. The EPA advises to not apply Perm-X 3030 over bodies of water and to properly dilute treatments in aerial applications to .0007 pounds per acre.

Tucker said his company follows the EPA’s guidance closely in this area.

“The chemicals are all regulated by the EPA and the EPA says they’re safe at the levels we’re using them,” Tucker said Thursday. “They’re labeled for the exact uses were doing.”

Jesse Schroeder, Moffat County’s weed and pest director, said he will continue to communicate with residents about the days and times of vector control operations.

“That’s the purpose of our public service announcements on this is to let the folks know what the application times are going to be, so they can choose to be inside,” Schroeder said Thursday. “We want to give them enough headway to do that.”

In the EPA’s amended registration for Perm-X 3030, the agency said the treatment is highly toxic to bees on blooming crops.

Beth Conry, the former president of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, said residents and their governments often overreact to increased mosquito presence in an area and end up killing more than just mosquitoes.

“We think that spraying will fix this problem, but it really doesn’t,” Conry said. “It creates a lot of problems.”

Conry said larvacides are a good alternative to killing adult mosquitoes with pesticides. She said if adulticiding is used, spraying at night or later in the evening is better to spare pollinating insects like bees.

Schroeder said his agency is doing that in their treatments.

“That’s another reason we apply late in the evening to avoid as much of that as possible because the bees go home at night,” Schroeder said. “We do take all of that into consideration. We want to save the bees too.”

Tucker said the real public health concern isn’t the chemicals used to control mosquitoes — it’s the mosquitoes whose diseases kill almost a million humans across the globe every year.

“The thing to keep in mind is the mosquito is the public health issue,” Tucker said. “It’s always the mosquito, not the chemical.”

Craig City Councilors weed through new marijuana ordinance

Municipal voters in Craig could have three marijuana questions on the November ballot after city councilors hashed out much of the city’s new marijuana ordinance late Tuesday night.

Among the highlights of the new proposal are a 5% sales tax and 5% excise tax on marijuana in Craig that councilors will use to fund Moffat County Libraries’ Craig branch and the Museum of Northwest Colorado for a period of five years, after which any new city council can appropriate the additional tax dollars at their discretion.

The taxes narrowly passed a 4-3 vote with councilors Andrea Camp, Paul James, and Steve Mazzuca dissenting.

The sales and excise taxes are in addition to existing local and state taxes on marijuana sales in Colorado.

Councilors also decided to ask the marijuana ballot question of voters in two separate parts:
• Should retail sales through dispensaries be allowed in Craig?
• Should all other areas of marijuana business be allowed in Craig, including warehousing, courier operations, manufacturing, growing, and testing?

A third ballot question will ask voters whether the proposed sales and excise taxes should be passed.

According to City Attorney Sherman Romney, if the ballot questions are approved by voters, Craig’s marijuana ordinance would be finalized and voted on by city council.

“City council would still have to pass it after the election; do a first reading and second reading,” Romney said. 

Licenses

Councilors started their license discussion with the idea that four licenses be allowed for each area of marijuana business in Craig, though James did not exactly concur with fellow council members on that number.

“I think the market will dictate how many will be successful,” James said.

Councilors ultimately decided the city would begin by allowing residents to apply for three licenses for each area of marijuana business in Craig. Applications fees for the licenses would be non-refundable. If an application is denied, the city would keep that money to help offset the cost of ongoing operations and enforcement.

Zoning and hours of operation

Councilor Chris Nichols made many of the marijuana motions Tuesday and was first to suggest allowing just retail sales inside many of Craig’s business zones — including the city’s commercial zone, both industrial zones and both mixed use zones.

Council passed the retail sales zones unanimously, but Nichols was the only dissenting vote for allowing the other areas of marijuana business into the same zones to include Craig’s agricultural zone for larger marijuana operations.

Council also determined that marijuana businesses be kept at least 800 feet from parks, residences, schools, child care facilities, and churches. Potential operation hours in Craig would be from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Security, background checks, shopping local

Councilors at first were torn on whether to require background checks, though City Manager Peter Brixius and Craig Police Department’s Jerry DeLong told council they didn’t think it was needed.

“I’m suggesting we don’t,” Brixius said of the city conducting extensive background checks. “I’m suggesting we find whether they’re a legal resident of the United States and go from there.”

Chief DeLong agreed.

“For us to do the same background check as the state does, no,” he said when asked if he thought his office needed to do additional background checks.

Councilors also decided not to require a portion of any retail operation’s marijuana be grown locally.

Lastly, despite reservations from both DeLong and Capt. Bill Leonard, councilors declined to require offsite video surveillance recording to deter burglaries.

“I just don’t think we should be forcing businesses to be paying more money,” James said.

Taking in all the sights: Fuller Center Bike Adventure spruces up Craig as part of national cycling ride

Every year, Jeff Bracken sees a little less of the world.

So to raise awareness and fight back against the Usher Syndrome Type 2 that’s taken much of his sight and hearing, Bracken, 33, of Shelbyville, Kentucky, joined the Fuller Center Bike Adventure across the United States, which made its way through Craig this week.

“I want to get this in before I lose more and I can’t see,” Bracken said.

Bracken has been traveling with the Fuller Center riders since May 24 along the ride through much of the American west this summer. The route takes riders on a loop that stretches from Glacier National Park in Montana to northern Arizona. A network of churches, schools, homes, and volunteers help house the riders so they can do work projects for those in need at each stop.

A second wave is scheduled to arrive July 9 in Craig.

Vicki Burns and Neil Folks settle down after feeding some 30 riders with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure Tuesday, July 2.
Clay Thorp/Craig Press

Vicki Burns and Neil Folks of Craig both helped set up 13 different work sites for the group across the city.

“We have 13 different projects lined up, whether it’s trimming trees or mowing a lawn,” Burns said Tuesday at a welcoming picnic for the rider’s arrival. “…we have a roof repair, plumbing repair.”

Susan Pratt and Libby Bauman trim the bushes outside a local church in Craig.
Clay Thorp/Craig Press

Burns said the group will also be washing church windows and generally helping to “clean things up around town.”

Bracken, the tallest among the group of riders, had no problem Wednesday washing the high windows of a local church in Craig.

California’s David Erquhart, 64, is a support driver for the group. He said the trip so far has been different than his usually vacations across the nation.

“We’ve been across the country dozens of times, but never 80, 100 miles a day,” Erquhart said, adding the slow journey makes the trip and the people along the way something to remember.

“You get to see a lot of cool things and meet a lot of nifty people,” Erquhart said.

Erquhart pointed out Bracken — at six feet, two inches — despite his partial blindness, typically leads the group of about 30 riders through the mountains.

“He’s normally at the front of the pack,” Erquhart said.

Which is quite a feat as Bracken was forced to relinquish his driver’s license due to his poor eyesight.

“I miss a lot of scenery,” Bracken said. “I can see in front of my face. It’s like looking through two toilet paper rolls. I have to pay attention to the white line.”

David Erquhart eats at a picnic in Craig’s City Park Tuesday, June 2 with fellow riders from the Fuller Center Bike Adventure.
Clay Thorp/Craig Press

But Bracken can’t always lead the group, especially when riding through a busy metropolitan area.

“If it’s a busy town, I’ll just follow someone,” Bracken said.

Bracken said he took up biking as a way to remain independent after surrendering his driver’s license. He hopes to give hope to others with his condition.

“Find ways to adapt,” was his message to others with his condition. “Take charge of your life and live it to the fullest… I adapted so I could live life to the fullest.”

Yampa River levels falling after wet spring, summer

After several weeks of rising water on the Yampa River, homes near the waterway might see drier river banks soon as river level continues to fall.

“We had a big snow year,” said Jim Pokrandt, community affairs director for the Colorado River District. “Then we had a cool, wet spring even into summer as you saw in Steamboat with their snowfall.”

Officials say much of the snow in Steamboat Springs and other highland areas of the Yampa Valley hasn’t melted yet. So, unless there’s a series of exceptionally hot days, the Yampa River should stay steady.

“Unless we get a couple of real warm days, it might release some of that water,” said Brian Romig, lead water administrator for Colorado’s Division of Water Rescources Division 6 in Moffat County. “But from what I see, it should continue going down.”

Water officials say the Yampa peaked June 23 and has been steadily falling ever since.

“It’s been coming down slowly but surely,” Romig said.

Craig City Manager Peter Brixius has also been monitoring the situation.

“The flow is dropping,” Brixius said.

Brixius said this year’s Yampa was raging on the first day of summer compared to last year.

“The Yampa has great flow this year, almost triple what the mean was last year,” Brixius said.

That standing water has caused some mosquito issues in Moffat County. At least one mosquito tested positive for West Nile Virus near the South Beach boat ramp in Craig. No official human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported anywhere in Colorado yet, but officials want residents to be proactive in protecting themselves during the peak mosquito feeding times of dawn and dusk.

Moffat County’s weed and pest workers announced this week that spraying for mosquitoes will take place Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3 either in early morning or early evening, as weather permits.

Though it breeds mosquitoes, much of that water has made things green up at ranches across the Yampa Valley as cows and other livestock are having their fill of the foliage.

“It’s been a great year, especially compared to last year,” Romig said. “Farmers are happy. Farmers and ranchers seem to be a lot happier this year.”

Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in Moffat County

A mosquito caught by Moffat County’s weed and pest control division has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Jesse Schroeder, the county’s weed and pest control manager, said a mosquito caught near the South Beach Boat Ramp about five miles south of Craig tested positive for the virus.

“It’s the only positive we’ve had this year,” Schroeder said.

Schroeder wants residents to be aware know there may be West Nile-carrying mosquitoes buzzing around Moffat County.

“There are some positive mosquitos in the area,” Schroeder said.

In an email from Kari Ladrow, the county’s interim public health director said there have been no human cases of West Nile Virus this year.

“According to the CDC, as of June 11, there have not been any confirmed or probable cases of West Nile Virus Disease in humans in Colorado this year,” Ladrow said. “In 2018, there were a total of 96 of neuro and non-neuro invasive West Nile Virus disease cases in humans in the state of Colorado which sadly resulted in three deaths.”

Schroeder said it’s always good to avoid going out during early morning and late evening hours without covering up or using bug spray. And until the cold comes back later this year, folks should be aware.

“We run the risk until the killing frost,” Schroeder said. “Anytime the mosquitos are out, until it’s cold enough that they’re done for the year, they’re a potential vector.”

Ladrow also included the following tips for residents to control area mosquito populations:

  • Find and eliminate their breeding sites – standing water. Mosquitoes lay groups of eggs on the surface of water in rain barrels, bird baths, tin cans, old tires, car bodies, cisterns, roof gutters and any other containers that hold water.       
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.        
  • Clean pet water dishes regularly.        
  • Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

Ladrow said residents can use the following tips to keep mosquitoes from biting you or the ones you love.

  • Use EPA-approved repellents that include active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, IR. 3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.        
  • Apply repellents sparingly, only to exposed skin. Saturation does not increase efficacy.        
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing, and long sleeves and pants, especially at dawn and dusk.        
  • Avoid applying repellents to portions of children’s hands that are likely to have contact with eyes or mouth. Avoid using repellents on wounds or irritated skin and wash repellent-treated skin after coming indoors.

Ladrow said not everyone will show common symptoms if infected with West Nile.

“About one in five people infected with West Nile virus develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and fatigue,” Ladrow said. “Sometimes the virus can lead to more serious complications such as meningitis and encephalitis. If symptoms occur, contact your health care provider right away.”

Specialty clinic for miner health available June 24, 25 in Craig

National Jewish Health’s Miners Clinic of Colorado will hold its 2019 annual screening clinic in Craig on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25 at Memorial Regional Health Medical Clinic, 785 Russell St.

This year’s team will include Dr. Cecile Rose, professor of medicine at National Jewish Health and medical director of the Miners Clinic of Colorado; Dr. E. Brigitte Gottschall, an associate professor of medicine and outreach physician for the Miners Clinic of Colorado; Richard Kraus, a physician assistant and case manager; Wendy Vonhof and Dymond Ruybal, both program coordinators for NJH; and Lauren Zell-Baran an NJH epidemiologist.

In 2018, NJH’s team at the miner’s clinics screened hundreds of miners and found a substantial percentage of those screened had respiratory abnormalities that needed further investigating.

Screenings include vocational concerns such as dust diseases of the lung, black lung in coal miners, silicosis, emphysema, and industrial bronchitis, as well as high blood pressure, heart disease and sleep apnea.

Uranium industry workers are also screened for kidney disease and lung cancer.

NJH said almost 100 miners from the Western Slope had lung abnormalities last year.

“Of the nearly 200 people screened on the Western Slope in 2018, 81 were found to have respiratory abnormalities — including abnormal chest x-ray, decreased oximetry testing, and/or decreased lung function — and were referred for further evaluation and testing,” NJH said in a statement. “In 2018, we found that 134 had non-respiratory abnormalities including high blood pressure, chest pain concerning for heart disease, symptoms suggestive for sleep apnea or were current smokers in need of smoking cessation assistance.”

The average age of miners seen is often older, but NJH said ages vary.

“The average age of miners clinic participants is 71, but their ages range from under 40 to over 80 years old,” NJH said. “Around 75% are retired and/or disabled, while 25% are currently employed.”

Miners referred for additional testing at the clinic run the gamut of aboveground and underground mining operations.

“Of the miners referred for further evaluation and testing due to abnormal respiratory screening results, approximately one-third reported having worked in a surface mine, one-third underground, and one-third reported having worked in both surface and underground mines,” NJH said.

Miners may not show respiratory symptoms early on, which is why NJH advises getting screened for peace of mind.

“Anyone exposed to mine dust is at risk for developing dust-induced lung disease,” NJH said. “Early changes of dust-induced lung diseases are often first visible on a chest x-ray without the miner having any respiratory symptoms. Early detection of dust-induced lung disease is important as it could provide an opportunity for a miner to move to a less dusty job. This will decrease the risk for future loss of lung function and disabling respiratory symptoms. We make referrals for more in-depth medical diagnostic testing if a miner does have screening findings of early work-related lung disease.”

For more information, call 303-270-2609, or toll-free at 1-877-255-LUNG (5864) or visit https://www.nationaljewish.org/treatment-programs/directory/prevention/miners-clinic.

Moffat County health officials see increase in certain sexual diseases

Moffat County is showing a sharp increase in gonorrhea cases after years of declining incidents of the sexually transmitted disease.

According to data presented by public health officials to Moffat County Commissioners at a special meeting Monday, June 17, there were 12 cases of gonorrhea, a spike from zero cases last year and about a handful in each of the three years prior to 2017.

The county also continues to battle chlamydia, having reported 30 cases in 2018. The total is up from 21 cases in 2017 and about 30 cases in each of the three years prior to 2017.

Moffat County had one case of syphilis and one case of HIV in 2018, according to the data.

Flu comprises much of the work done by public health nurses in the three-county area of Moffat, Routt and Jackson Counties. Farrah Smilanich, public health and nurse manager for Northwest Colorado Health, offers 34 off-site flu clinics to keep the population vaccinated in the three-county area.

“How often is that used?” asked Commissioner Don Cook of the flu clinics.

“When school starts… and in flu season it’s really busy,” Smilanich said.

Moffat County regularly sees flu spikes in mid-December and late February, and each is often a different strain of the virus. The data show some 300 hospitalizations for the flu across the state during each spike.

Smilanich said there were seven hospitalizations reported in Moffat County related to the flu for the 2018-2019 season.

Smilanich also updated commissioners on rabies and tuberculosis. She said this last quarter there were three suspected cases of TB in the three-county region she serves. She warned residents against taking in wild animals like raccoons or bats to avoid exposure to rabies and the need for expensive shots to cure it. She said a woman in Routt County caused a stir after at least 20 people had to be found and tested when a woman took several seemingly abandoned baby raccoons into her home. 

She said residents who come into contact with bats could catch rabies.   

“If you cannot catch that bat and have it tested for rabies, you need to be vaccinated for rabies,” Smilanich said.

Measles was also on Smilanich’s list. She said Colorado’s lone measles case in 2018 is one too many and can usually be prevented when a population achieves a 90% vaccination rate. While Moffat County has an official measles vaccination rate higher than 90%, Smilanich said when the state’s personal exemptions allowing someone to opt out of vaccinations are accounted for, Moffat County’s measles vaccination rate is lower.

“When you really dig into it, I think when last I looked it was around 80%,” Smilanich said, adding the county needs to achieve that 90 percent vaccination rate to have herd immunity.

“If 90% of us are immune, then the chances of us passing something along to someone can’t be vaccinated, like some infants and immuno-compromised people, are lower,” Smilanich said. “So, our rates are getting better. We’re working on that.”

CPW euthanizes mother doe, spares fawns after deer attack in Craig

A Craig woman was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries in a deer attack at Sunset Meadows senior living facility.

According to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, CPW officers responded to the senior living facility Wednesday afternoon to find a doe with two young fawns had attacked and injured an 85-year-old woman as she was walking her dog.

“Officers believe the woman and her dog surprised the animal, leading to an unusually aggressive response by the doe,” CPW’s release said.

Craig Police Department Capt. Bill Leonard said his agency responded quickly and secured the scene for wildlife authorities.

“We responded to the call initially and kind of maintained the scene until they arrived,” Leonard said.

The woman had serious injuries and she was quickly taken to Memorial Regional Health.

“She had some pretty serious injuries on scene,” Leonard said. “I know they were definitely concerned in getting her loaded and transported.”

Additional details on the woman’s condition at MRH were unavailable.

The release said CPW would be euthanizing the mother doe, but not her fawns, which will be taken to a local rehabilitation facility.

“The doe’s carcass will be taken to CPW’s Wildlife Health Lab for a full necropsy,” the release stated.

Following the incident, Mike Porras, CPW’s Northwest region public information officer, said putting down an animal in this context isn’t easy for CPW officers.

“It’s the hardest part of their jobs, but they will fulfill duty to protect the public,” Porras said.

The doe’s rare aggressive behavior, the risk that behavior poses to the public, and the need to rule out the possibility of disease were the driving factors behind the decision to put the doe down.

“Sometimes it allows us to conclude why an animal behaved the way it did,” Porras said of the doe’s coming autopsy.

Relocating animals to an isolated area away from humans isn’t always an option, according to Porras.

“In a state with a growing human population, those areas are getting harder and harder to find,” Porras said.

Even if CPW had relocated the animal, Porras said the agency wasn’t willing to risk the animal repeating its actions in the future.

“If we move this animal to an area and it has another encounter with a person and it seriously injures or kills a person, our agency is responsible,” he said.

Porras had a warning for frontier communities like Craig and Moffat County, that predators are usually waiting nearby when deer are present.

“The fact there are deer in Craig should certainly give people pause,” Porras said. “…Lions eat deer. If there are deer in the area, lions probably aren’t too far behind.”

He said it’s important for Craig residents to do their part to keep wildlife wild — don’t feed town deer and don’t approach them, either.

“Don’t feed deer and don’t feed any wildlife,” Porras said. “Don’t approach, don’t feed, don’t harass — whether for a selfie, or they think they can pet it, or they think they’re one with the animal. It’s dangerous.”

Porras pointed out Craig isn’t the only one experiencing dangerous human-wildlife interactions on a regular basis.

“It’s not just Craig,” Porras said. “There are a lot of communities in the same boat for the same reasons.”

Northwest Colorado Health: Aging Well offers community connections

Community connections can make us feel happy, accepted and less lonely. Sometimes, connections turn into friendships that fill a void left by those we have lost.

This is the case for Anita Reynolds, a lifelong Craig resident and coordinator of Northwest Colorado Health’s Aging Well program.

“I’ve lost my parents and grandparents, and have missed that connection in my life,” she said. “Working with seniors has helped fill that space and allowed me to continue friendships with older adults in the community who I’ve known for a long time.”

Aging Well has provided exercise and wellness opportunities for older adults in Moffat County for more than 10 years. You can find seniors participating in a fitness class, senior wellness clinic or foot care clinic somewhere in the community nearly every day.

Reynolds has been involved in the program since 2015. She has experienced and seen the benefits of the social connections that grow between participants.

“They just enjoy being together. It gets them out of the house and together with others who are the same age and have the same interests,” she said.

Reynolds now coordinates all aspects of the program, including schedules, venues and instructors. She also teaches classes, including a summer Aquatics class that started this week at the Craig Pool Complex.

Aging Well exercise helps improve strength, flexibility and balance and is available to seniors of all fitness levels and abilities. Some older adults participate well into their 90s.

The program has developed a loyal following. More than 270 people participated in Aging Well activities in Moffat County in 2018.

The most popular program, Wellness Wednesdays, offers a full day of activities including exercise, lunch and a guest speaker. Seniors also can check in with a nurse, who will check their weight and blood pressure and review their medications. Foot care is available by appointment.

Aging Well programs are available throughout the community thanks to partnerships with organizations including St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Sunset Meadows, Senior Social Center and the City of Craig.

“These partnerships are huge,” Reynolds said. “Without this collaboration we wouldn’t be able to pull together as a community to offer these services to older adults.”

Exercise classes and senior wellness checks are available for a $3 suggested donation (no one is turned away due to inability to pay). There are fees for foot care and lunch at Wellness Wednesdays.

For more information, call 970-871-7676. To see a full schedule of Aging Well programs, go to northwestcoloradohealth.org/agingwell.

Tamera Manzanares is Marketing Coordinator at the Northwest Colorado Health. She can be reached at tmanzanares@northwestcoloradohealth.org or 970-871-7642.