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SIDNEY HERALD Around our area WEDNESDAY, JAN. 1, 2014 9A New benefits offered from Montana Tobacco Quit Line Richland County area residents who ring in the New Year by resolving to quit tobacco can receive free help in- cluding nicotine replacement therapy, and take advantage of cost reductions on Chantix or Bupropion (Zyban). The free NRT and reduced costs medications offered are just in time to support New Year's resolutions to quit tobacco for good, Jacklyn Damm, Richland County Health Department, said. Beginning Jan. 1, the Montana To- bacco Quit Line will offer up to eight weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (gum, lozenges or the patch), up from the six-week supply that was offered in the past. In addition, the Quit Line is also offering Chantix for $50 per month and Bupropion for $5 per month (for up to 3 months). Callers who enroll receive guidance from specialists who help each caller set a quit date, develop a personal- ized quit plan and participate in five proactive calls with a quit coach who will guide the individual through the quitting process. There is also a program just for pregnant women. The Montana To- bacco Quit Line Pregnancy and Post- partum Program will provide ongoing support with up to nine calls during pregnancy and after delivery. Free nicotine replacement therapies will be available with a prescription from their medical provider. Other ben- efits of this program include a small reward card for each completed call. Quitting tobacco can be the most important thing you can do for your health. FDA has not approved smoke- less tobacco or e-cigarettes as suc- cessful cessation devices. Use of these products may hamper your success of quitting tobacco. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line is a free service available to smokers as well as individuals who use other tobacco products. Calling the quit line is toll-free, at 1-800-QUIT NOW (1- 800-784-8669). Or you may contact the Richland County Health Department at 433-2207. North Dakota senators urge FBI to put more agents in Williston BY DAVID RUPKALVIS WILLISTON HERALD Increased crime in the Williston Basin may lead to more FBI agents in the area. On Thursday, U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven asked the Obama administration to place more FBI agents in Williston to help combat crime. The senators said more FBI agents were placed in WiUiston recently, but they were housed in Sidney due to a lack of space in Wil- listen. The senators said perma- nent space has now been secured in Williston, and they would like to see the agents permanently moved into North Dakota. "Williston sits in the heart of the oil patch and provides your agents the most optimal operating loca- tion to both carry out their duties and to assist state, tribal, county and local law enforcement agencies in western North Dakota as needed," Heitkamp and He- even wrote to FBI director James B. Comey and Drug Czar R. Gil Kerlikowske. In the letter to Comey and Kerlikowske, the senators said increased population has led to the need for more agents. "We write regarding the need for increased federal law enforcement resources in western North Dakota," the letter read. "Develop- ment of our state's rich oil and natural gas reserves located in the Bakken and Three Forks formations have led to an unprecedent- ed energy boom, a boom that has resulted in significant increases in population, traffic and secondary de- velopment in communities across the western portion of North Dakota. As you are well aware, any population increase of this magnitude will unfortunately also draw a criminal element. "Our state, tribal, county and local law enforcement agencies have performed admirably and continue to work hard under the circumstances. The state, tribal, county and local governments also continue to provide increased funding to law enforcement agencies in western North Dakota to hire and place more officers on the street and purchase additional resources to address the needs in their communities. While addi- tional funding is closing the gap, federal law enforcement resources are necessary to truly address the sharp increase in crime that is occurring in western North Dakota." Hoeven and Heitkamp said local and state law enforcement resources are stretched thin and need help from the federal govern- ment. "We certainly understand the budget constraints that the federal government is under, however our U.S. Attorney's office is saddled with an ever expanding caseload and due to the cur- rent budget sequestration, the office is unable to hire new assistant attorneys to handle this increase," the letter read. 'dditionally, the FBI agents that the bu- reau has currently detailed to North Dakota are based in Fargo. Their distance from the oil patch, coupled with their existing duties and frequent need on the Indian reservations in our state, all point to the necessity for dedicated agents based in the western part of our state." Richland County experiences first influenza case of season The Richland County Health Department has confirmed the first influ- enza case in the county. Public health officials say that this first case is a great reminder for the public to get vaccinated against in- fluenza as soon as possible. Vaccine is widely avail- able, nd it is not too late to receive your shot. Influenza vaccination is recommended for every- one older than six months. Annual vaccination is the safest and most effective method to prevent influen- za infections. The composi- tion of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and up- dated to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be the most common during the upcom- ing season. Protection pro- vided by vaccination lasts throughout the entire flu season, even when vaccine is given in early fall. A new 406.489.0915 Service 406.433.7586 Office 406.433.7596 Fax Sidney, MT dose is needed every year to keep up active defense against viruses. INFLUENZA SYMPTOMS Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to&evere illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu idifferent from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: Fever or feeling feverish/ chills Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Muscle or body aches Headaches Fatigue (tiredness) Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more com- mon in children than adults. It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. "Individuals with asthma, diabetes and many other chronic medical conditions, the elderl pregnant wom .... en and young children can become very ill if infected by influenza," Jim Mur- phy of the Department of Health and Human Servises Communicable Disease Control and Prevention Bu- reau said. "We urge people to get vaccinated now to protect themselves and oth- ers who are vulnerable." People wanting to get immunized, or have their children vaccinated, should consult their health care provider. Vaccinations are available at doctor offices, county health departments, and pharmacies. Richland County Health Department has vaccine available during clinic hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from noon to 4:30 p,m,, no appointment needed. Call 433-2207 for more information. i customers or ?our patronage tllis ,ear. lest islles or a llapp? ana io?ous lloliaa. season. Jim & Rebecca Miller. Savage, MT SUBMI11ED Holiday bazaar help Court Mother Cabrini #1766 Sidney St. Matthews' Junior Catholic Daughters assist at the holiday bazaar, making desserts, carrying lunch trays for customers, taking orders from craft vendors who couldn't leave their merchandise, and cleaning tables. Pictured ore: in background Rebecca Aldrich; from left, Ximeno Molloy; Jolene Molloy and CDA member and mother, Cristino Molloy. FOX LAKE SENIOR CENTER, LAMBERT, MT JAN. 8 iii!iiiiiiiii '!% - ....... 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