NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH

WINTER BRINGS THE DANGER OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

The arrival of winter means firing up gas furnaces and wood-burning stoves for heat, which in turn increases the risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.  Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas produced when gasoline, natural gas, propane, kerosene, and other fuels are not completely burned during use. It’s one of the leading causes of poisoning death, with more than 400 victims in the U.S. each year.  More than 4,000 Americans are hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning and 20,000 people get sick enough from exposure to visit an emergency room each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  There are ways to prevent harmful exposure, such as making sure appliances are installed and vented properly, having heating sources and ventilation systems inspected regularly, making sure snow is removed from around exhaust stacks, vents, and fresh-air intakes, and buying a carbon monoxide detector for your home or apartment.  For more tips on avoiding carbon monoxide poisoning, click here.

 

CONNECTIONS 4 KIDS COMPLETES E.R.S. TRAINING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, recently trained early childhood providers in a self-assessment tool through two Environment Rating Scale training events in Craig and Meeker.  The scales are designed so early childhood providers can assess the quality of early childhood programs in a variety of domains. Early childhood professionals can use the scale to determine the needs in their programs and identify ways to enhance environments for children.  Providers who have been trained will soon be able to apply for mini-grants to equip their classrooms with needed materials to improve environments for the children in their care. Last year, Connections 4 Kids awarded more than $6,500 in classroom grants to Moffat and Rio Blanco County centers to obtain materials including, furniture, rugs, puzzles, balls, sand toys and cultural music and toys.

 

CRAIG V.N.A OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR LOVED ONES DURING HOLIDAYS

The Visiting Nurse Association in Craig is giving residents a chance to honor loved ones that have passed.  The VNA will hold a decorating workshop next week, so residents can create an ornament in honor of a loved one.  The ornament will be placed on the community Celebration of Life Tree, and displayed through the holidays.  Those who would like to participate can show up the Craig VNA December 13th at 4:30.  Refreshments will be served.  Participants can also choose to stick around and tell a story of their loved on at 5:15.  Ornaments and supplies will be provided, and the ornaments can be taken home after the holidays.  If you want more information, call 871-7682.

 

LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR WIND TAX CREDIT EXTENSION

Colorado’s senators and other lawmakers are pressing for an extension of the wind production tax credit.  Senator Mark Udall and other members of Congress held a news conference yesterday to push for the credit, which is due to expire at the end of this year unless Congress renews it. Senator Michael Bennet claims the credit is important to reducing pollution and is an economic driver.  The American Wind Energy Association estimates 37,000 jobs, including hundreds in Colorado, would be lost if the credit expires.  Military veterans who have found careers in the wind energy industry are also lobbying to extend the $12 billion break.  Some Republicans also support extending the tax credit, but others, including Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado, see it as wasteful spending.

 

AMENDMENT ALLOWS DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO CONTINUE USING ALTERNATIVE FUELS

An amendment has been passed to allow the Department of Defense to continue to invest in alternative fuels. The amendment, introduced by Senator Mark Udall, to the National Defense Authorization bill gives the Pentagon more flexibility to purchase some alternative fuels. Senator Michael Bennet is a cosponsor of the amendment.  The Pentagon is the largest single user of oil in the world, consuming more than 355,000 barrels of oil per day in Fiscal Year 2011.

 

WINNING POWERBALL TICKETS SOLD IN ARIZONA, MISSOURI

Two tickets matched the winning numbers in last night’s record $580 million Powerball drawing.  The numbers drawn were 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball number 6.  Officials say the winning tickets were sold in Arizona and Missouri.  The cash option is $379.8 million.  The second largest jackpot in U.S. history enticed many people who rarely, if ever, play the lottery.

In high school sports:
Yesterday:
In hockey:
Steamboat beat Battle Mountain 8-2.

Today:
In basketball:
The Meeker girls hosts their shootout with Rangely attending.

Tomorrow:
In basketball:
Steamboat’s boys and girls play at Roaring Fork.
The Meeker girls continue their shootout with Rangely attending.