Local Briefs

County offering free health screenings

The Montezuma County Public Health Department is offering free cholesterol screenings for residents of Montezuma and Dolores counties through their Colorado Heart Healthy Solutions program. Screening consists of a finger-stick blood sample, blood pressure reading, height and weight reading and guidelines for good cardiovascular health.

Results are immediately available. Twelve-hour fasting is suggested.

For an appointment, please call 565-3056, ext 248.

Eating Smart class planned for parents

The Montezuma Health Department is offering an Eating Smart – Being Active class for anyone with children 0 to 5 years of age who wants to learn to cook kid-friendly recipes on a budget, as well as learn basic nutrition and fun ways to be active with your children. Kelly Proctor, as facilitator will lead the group through eight lessons designed to help them shop, cook and enjoy fun family activities.

The class gives you ideas for a healthier life for you and your family. You will work as a team to create (and devour]) delicious snacks and light meals in the class while developing friendships along with new and useful skills. The activity level is appropriate for any age and almost any condition, as it emphasizes basic stretching and movement, and each person is encouraged to work at a comfortable level.

The classes will start Aug. 29 at The Piñon Project from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no charge for this program. Sign up with Kelly Proctor at 970-564-1195 ext. 126, or kproctor@pinonproject.org.

County offers help for the uninsured

Are you pregnant and need health insurance or are your children uninsured? Come by the Montezuma County Public Health Department at 106 West North Street to see if you qualify or call 565-3056 to set up an appointment.

Sheriff’s office to discuss violent predator

The Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office will hold a Community Notification Meeting regarding the release of a recently convicted Sexually Violent Predator into the community. The meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge, 2100 North Dolores Road, Cortez on Aug. 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. The identity of the predator will not be released until after the presentation.

Educational information will be presented by a team of professionals involved in the management of sex offenders in our community. The goal of this meeting is to enhance public safety and protection. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

Children are not allowed to attend.

For additional information contact the Heather Mann or Glenda Daniels at the Montezuma County Sheriff’s Office 970-565-8452 or email hmann@so.montezuma.co.us or gdaniels@so.montezuma.co.us.

For The Cortez Journal