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Holiday Drive 2013

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Town Hall Meeting With Bob Rankin

The Moffat County Republicans will hold a town hall meeting with Colorado District 57 State Representative Bob Rankin this Friday, January 3rd.  The meeting will be at the Craig VFW beginning at 5:30pm.  Questions can be directed to Moffat County GOP Chair, Brandi Meek, at 629-9762.  Pictured: Bob Rankin.

 

 

The End of The Incandescent Light Bulb Begins Today

Incandescent light bulbs, which have been in use in the United States for more than a century, are on their way out in the new year. The federal government has prohibited their manufacture and import starting today.  The latest ban covers 40-watt and 60-watt bulbs. The 100-watt and 75-watt varieties had already been phased out. The bans were signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007 as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act.  Opponents of the law protest that the government is making decisions for consumers rather than letting the marketplace determine the products people want.  The prohibition has also led to U.S. job losses, as factories that made incandescent bulbs have been forced to close.  Because of the ban, General Electric closed a factory with 200 employees in Winchester, Va., that was the last major incandescent manufacturing facility in the United States. Now the work is going to places such as China, where some of the new compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are made.  Energy efficiency experts say the new light bulbs benefit consumers, who will pay more on the front end for the new-generation bulbs but will save money over time because they last longer — up to 23 years for LED bulbs and about nine years for CFLs.   CFL bulbs use about 75 percent less energy, government estimates say, while LEDs use about 85 percent less than incandescent bulbs, but they cost about 10 times more.  Consumers can still purchase the incandescent bulbs as long as supplies last, and they remain in stock at many home-product retailers around the country. Once those are gone, however, the newer bulbs will be the only ones available.

 

Cervical Health Awareness Month
cervical_ribbonJanuary is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and women across Colorado are encouraged to start the year by talking with their health care 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.  “When you find out can be just as important was what you find out,” said a Women’s Wellness Connection spokesperson. “Cervical cancer usually doesn’t have any signs or symptoms, so a routine pap test will tell you if you have a problem.”

Under health care reform, insurance plans are required to cover women’s preventive health services, like pap tests, without charging co-pays. The Women’s Wellness Connection offers FREE cervical cancer screenings and any necessary follow-up treatments to Colorado women between the ages of 40-64 years who have little or no health insurance and meet income requirements. To find out details, call the local hotline at 970-356-5059 or visit this link.

“I have such peace of mind now that I got screened,” said one local participant. “I realized that to take care of my family, I had to take care of me first.”
Every year in the U.S., approximately 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die of the disease. Latinas and African-American women are at higher risk for developing cervical cancer. A routine pap test can prevent most of these deaths – screening save lives.  Women’s Wellness Connection provides free, confidential breast and cervical cancer screenings – clinical breast exams, Pap tests and mammograms – to eligible women at more than 120 sites through cooperative efforts with multiple statewide providers. Women’s Wellness Connection’s statewide hotline number, 1-866-951-9355, is made possible through an in-kind donation from the American Cancer Society. ACS staff members operate the hotline to answer questions, provide additional information about the program and help women make appointments with local Women’s Wellness Connection providers.