DUI ENFORCEMENT PROMINENT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
Being New Year’s Eve, residents can expect to see more law enforcement on the streets today. The Colorado State patrol and many other law enforcement agencies in the state are teaming up for the DUI enforcement period currently underway. Last year, just over 500 people were arrested for drinking and driving over the New Year’s Eve enforcement period. There were two alcohol related fatalities. Authroities also want to remind marijuana smokers, that getting behind the wheel while high is also forbidden, and will be cracked down on. Authorities urge those planning to go out and party tonight, to think ahead and make plans for returning home safely. They say it’s best to have a designated driver, or to keep enough money on hand to call a cab if you have had too much to drink.
ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 40 SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL
Emergency Personnel in Craig responded to a 2-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon. The accident occurred on Highway 40 East, near Peroulis Trucking at a little after 4. Details of the accident aren’t clear, but at least one person was transported to The Memorial Hospital by ambulance after the crash. It’s believed that person suffered minor injuries.
CHAMBER OFFERS HELP IN SCREENING FOR LEGITIMACY
The Craig Chamber is offering to help screen for legitimacy when it comes to companies wanting small businesses to distribute their products. The Chamber says if you receive a phone call offering to send free magnets, tote bags, maps or any other product for you to distribute in your business you can take their information and give it to the Chamber. The Chamber will then research the company to make sure their product is viable. They’ll need a company name, phone number and the contact person’s name. Chamber officials say the best rule of thumb is that if an offer sounds too good to be true it probably is. They say this is the time of the year that businesses are targeted. If you would like more information, call 824-5689.
PEARCY RESIGNS AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NORTHWEST COLORADO DENTAL COALITION
Janet Pearcy has resigned as the Executive Director of the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition. Pearcy issued her letter of resignation earlier this month. In the brief letter, she said she is very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such amazing individuals. The letter did not indicate Pearcy’s reason for leaving, or what she might do next. Today is her last day on the job. The Northwest Dental Coalition provides reduced cost dental services for low income residents.
DELIVERY OF MARIJUANA ID TAGS DELAYED
The Department of Revenue, Marijuana Enforcement Division is closely monitoring all final activities and working with the industry to ensure a smooth implementation on January 1st. One such activity is the roll out of Marijuana Inventory Tracking System for Medical and Retail Marijuana, which relies upon the use of Radio Frequency Identification tags. The Division has made every effort to ensure that all retail and medical licensees have the proper RFID tags provisioned to them to ensure a smooth transition into the MITS system prior to roll out. However, due to inclement weather and high shipping demand over the holidays, their shipping company has experienced delays in its ability to deliver shipments in a timely fashion. The Division has been working to minimize the impact to the industry. Nonetheless, some licensees may not receive their delivery of RFID tags on time. As a result, the Division has developed alternative procedures to allow qualifying Medical and Retail Licensees to move forward tomorrow. The procedures will ensure that Licensees maintain a full accountability of their business operations without limiting the Division’s authority. The Division will continue to work to ensure that every licensed business that has demonstrated a good faith effort to meet the MITS requirements has an opportunity to begin operations as scheduled.
FARM SERVICE AGENCY URGES FARMERS AND RANCHERS TO VOTE IN COMMITTEE ELECTIONS
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia announced that the FSA County Committee Elections began last week, with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. Producers have been instructed to destroy the FSA County Committee Election ballots (FSA-669’s) mailed on November 4th. The new ballots mailed to producers will have the word “corrected” printed on the outside of the mailing, the ballot itself, and the return envelope. Ballots from the earlier mailing will not be counted. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is January 17th. More information can be found by clicking here.
PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT PROMOTES CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is encouraging women across Colorado to start the year by talking with their healthcare providers about scheduling a pap test. A pap test is the first line of defense against cervical cancer. When it’s found early,more than 92 percent of women survive cervical cancer. Every year in the U.S., approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die of the disease. The Women’s Wellness Connection offers cervical cancer screenings and any necessary follow-up treatments to Colorado women between 40-64 years old. For more information, click here.