Community News Briefs
There will be a spaghetti dinner and silent auction to benefit Jim and Adria Baker from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Glenwood Springs Baptist Church, 406 W. Seventh St.
Jim Baker, a retired Burning Mountains firefighter and former detective for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department, was diagnosed in January with cancer. The family lost their health insurance in May. Jim has had to postpone his next round of chemotherapy due to the expense. Please join us in support of this family.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, adults $15, kids $5, family of four $35. To make donations, contact Marc Jaffrey at 379-3039 or Mary Jaffrey at 618-5312.
Garfield County Public Health is offering free Hepatitis C testing.
Hepatitis is any inflammation of the liver. There are vaccines available to protect from Hepatitis A and B, but there is no vaccine against Hepatitis C. There are an estimated 4 million people in the U.S. infected with Hep C and most are not even aware of it.
Hepatitis C is acquired through contact with infected blood, or blood-contaminated objects. Many infected people never feel symptoms; however, most people who contract the virus will become chronic carriers, and can spread the disease to others. They are also at risk for permanent liver damage and liver cancer years later.
Garfield County Public Health offers free Hep C testing for individuals with certain qualifying risk factors. These include a history of injection drug use at any time; those who received blood transfusion or tissue transplant prior to 1992; those who received blood transfusion at any time outside of the U.S.; a history of hemodiaysis; a sexual partner at any time of an infected person; ever shared needles with an infected person(s).
There are very effective treatments for people infected with Hep C, but they are most successful if started before severe liver damage occurs. There are also excellent resources available to learn about the disease and how to protect yourself and others.
If you would like more information about hepatitis, available vaccines, or to make an appointment for testing, please call Public Health at 945-6614 or 625-5200.
The Rocky Mountain Polo Championship will return to Stout Ranch, which is located near New Castle, on Aug. 14.
Play begins at 11 a.m. A silent auction and barbecue will also be a part of the day’s festivities.
To get to Stout Ranch, go south and then west off Interstate 70’s New Castle exit. Travel five miles on Garfield Creek Road and then take a right on Baldy Creek Road and follow the signs to the ranch.
Visit http://www.stoutranch.com or call (970) 566-0818 for more information.
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