NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH

DOCTOR SUMMERS RETURNS TO TMH AT CRAIG

A familiar face is returning to the medical staff at The Memorial Hospital at Craig. Dr. James Summers, an admired obstetrician and gynecologist who worked at TMH at Craig from 2003-08, will join Dr. Scott Ellis in providing regional women’s health services starting February 1st.  George Rohrich, TMH chief executive officer, said that although more than 50 physicians expressed interest in the position, Summers was the clear choice.  Summers received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University and his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, one of the Midwest’s leading medical schools. His areas of interest include minimally invasive pelvic surgery, high-risk obstetrics and pelvic floor repair.

 

SCHEDULED BURNS TO BEGIN IN STEAMBOAT THIS WEEKEND

The United States Forest Service will be conducting a prescribed slash burn associated with the helicopter logging project at the Steamboat Ski Area earlier this summer.  Starting as early as this morning, and continuing through the week as conditions allow, smoke may be seen rising from behind the Slope Maintenance facility of the Steamboat Ski Area. The burn will consist of beetle kill slash materials, primarily non-merchantable wooden debris and remnants from the approximately 40 acres summer logging project.  Local Fire & County Authorities have been notified of the scheduled burn.

 

VNA OFFERING DISCOUNTED IMMUNIZATIONS FOR UNINSURED

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $14 immunizations for adults who are uninsured/underinsured including measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, chicken pox, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B.  The VNA also is offering a vaccine for shingles. Adults ages 60 and older who are low income and uninsured may qualify to receive the vaccine for a $14 fee through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program. Apply for the program by scheduling an appointment.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend being vaccinated against meningitis for youths ages 11 to 18 as well as those ages 19 to 21 who attend college. College students younger than 22 who received a vaccine before age 16 should receive a booster.  To schedule an appointment, call 970-824-8233.

 

GOVERNOR DECLARES NOVEMBER “HIRE A VETERAN” MONTH

Governor John Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring November as “Hire A Veteran Month.”  Throughout the month, events are being staged statewide to assist veterans on a number of fronts including employment and training opportunities.  Veterans Representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment at state and county run Workforce Centers are offering workshops and special hiring events statewide.  The Governor’s Proclamation notes in part that “veterans … have an ability to adapt and learn quickly and they bring the right mind-set, a good attitude, team spirit and personal attributes that all businesses are looking for.  The integration of these highly qualified veterans into the workforce will greatly benefit our State’s businesses.”  Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment says that more than 39,200 veterans have received employment services through their local Workforce Center in 2012.

LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR EXTENSION OF WIND TAX CREDIT

With thousands of wind manufacturing jobs already gone – including 500 in Colorado – eight of nine members of the state’s delegation say they are furiously working to try to save the wind-energy tax credit before it expires in six weeks.  The tax credit, which costs between $1 billion and $3 billion a year, helps support the wind-energy industry that fosters manufacturing facilities in 44 states and accounts for tens of thousands of jobs.  Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, along with a handful of other Republican and Democratic senators, have cleared the first hurdle in getting the extension passed through a Senate committee. It still needs approval from the full Senate and the House to pass.  The tax credit has robust bipartisan support in the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-controlled Senate, but it hasn’t had much legislative success this year because it has been attached to less popular proposals or caught in the gridlock in Congress.

 

LDS CHURCH IN CRAIG IS PREPARING FOR NATIVITY DISPLAY

Again this year, the LDS Church in Craig is encouraging residents to create a nativity scene they can display during this year’s 10th Annual Community Nativity Display.  The display traditionally showcases nativity scenes from around the world.  Church officials like to display as many scenes as possible during the 2 day event.  Those who would like to display their nativity scenes can drop it off at the church November 29th.  The event takes place November 30th and December 1st at the LDS Church.  If you have questions, you can call 826-2601.