News briefs for Aug. 4

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The local membership of District 22 of ABATE (A Brotherhood Active Toward Education) a motorcycle rider organization has been experiencing astounding growth, says District Representative Craig "Big Lucky" Rose of Rangely. ABATE is a nonprofit, educational, charitable and safety-oriented motorcyclist rights organization.
Last year a group of about six met to discuss organizing a more active Western Slope district of ABATE. Now the membership is topping 75 members, and District 22 is looking at splitting into two separate districts. Regular meetings are at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Rifle Moose Lodge, 133 E. Third Street, Rifle. The Saturday meeting will profile the Rider Safety program and discuss a pledge run being planned for Aug. 27-28 to benefit the Advocate House, a safe house for battered and abused women in Garfield County. Anyone interested in learning more about ABATE is encouraged to take the scenic ride to the membership meeting. For more information call Craig Rose "Big Lucky" at (970) 675-8897.

Library booksale, literary festival set for Thursday
The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held during the Children's Literacy Festival on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lutheran Church fellowship hall, next to the public library, on Sixth and Green streets. Sales will be by donation. Books on all subjects, fiction and nonfiction, will be available. The sale will be held again on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call 824-5116.

Football camp
is being held Aug. 9-12
Moffat County High School Football will be holding their free fall camp Aug. 9 to 12, at the Moffat County High School at 6 p.m. This camp is only for high school students. If you are interested in playing football this year it is very important to attend. Call Coach Hafey at 824-9586.

Women's group sponsors
garage sale on Friday
PEO Service Organization, a nonprofit women's organization, will sponsor a garage sale Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at 590 Taylor St. The sale will help fund scholarships awarded to area students.

Fall sports practices set to begin Aug. 16
Moffat County athletes who will be participating in fall scholastic sports will begin practicing Aug. 16. To participate, athletes must have a current physical and insurance information, Jim Loughran, Moffat County High School activities director said Monday.
Practice schedules will be released later this week.

Beefsteak fire active
over the weekend
The Beefsteak Fire, which started July 24, is now 230 acres. The fire is located in Beefsteak Gulch on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public land 12 miles west of Meeker in the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area.
Beefsteak continues to move north in heavy, dense, dead and down (on the ground) pinion, juniper and mountain brush. According to the BLM, the fire is being managed as a use fire for multiple resource benefits. This fire will clean up and remove the buildup of dead debris and encourage the regeneration of various brush.
To monitor any effects from smoke, a Data Ram unit has been set up. This unit measures particulate matter in the air. The readings show the particulate levels to be within acceptable standards. The haze in the area during the weekend was most likely because of a combination of large fires in Utah mixing with the Beefsteak Fire.

Lay Peak fire
grows to 150 acres
A lightning-caused fire was reported Friday at 5:30 p.m. It is seven miles east of Maybell, Colorado. It started on Bureau of Land Management public land with some private land involved. The primary vegetation burning is pinion and juniper trees. High temperatures, low humidity and a light wind caused some torching in the trees. One 20-person fire crew and two engines are assigned to fight this fire. Crews expected to have the fire contained by Monday afternoon.

Elks Club soccer shoot set for Aug. 14
The Elks Club of Craig will sponsor the first soccer shoot in Woodbury Park for children 13 and younger on Aug. 14. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the contest is expected to last until noon. Children need to bring their birth certificates with them for registration. This event is free. Participants may register at the field that morning or register by calling Justin 824-6131.
Participation trophies will be awarded to each entrant. Placement trophies will be awarded to the first three places in each age division for both boys and girls. For more information call Justin at 824-6131 or Denice at 824-6489.

Moffat County Fair
looking for volunteers
Get involved in the 2004 Moffat County Fair by volunteering your time as a superintendent Aug. 11.
Help is being sought for assistance to judges in the areas of art, crafts and hobbies, homemade wines and beers, quilting, clothing, food preservation, photography, breads, cakes, cookies, candies, leathercraft, needlework and horticulture. This is a fun way to learn more about various crafts and hobbies while helping as the exhibits are being judged.
If interested, call Elisa at the CSU Moffat County Cooperative Extension Office, 824-9180. No experience is necessary.

'Out of this World' dance scheduled for Saturday
Craig Elks will present the first "Out of the World" dance for teens 14 to 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Craig Elks Lodge, 43 W. Victory Way.
The cost will be $3 for two people or $2 per person. Door prizes will be awarded. Attire will be come-as-you-are, although proper attire discretion is advised. Call Robin at 824-0323.

Women's Christian Conference coming
A Christian conference for women will bring a keynote speaker from Kentucky to Craig next month.
Twenty-five women from various churches have worked on a committee to sponsor this conference for women from Craig and Northwest Colorado. The conference, which includes 12 workshops, begins with registration at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and will run through Sept. 11 at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Lunch will be provided.
The scheduled speaker will be Betty B. Gray from Kentucky, who is known for her humorous, spirit-filled messages. The event is limited to 300 participants so register early. Registration will be $15 for Sept. 10 only, $30 for Sept. 11 only or $35 for both if you register before Aug. 20.
After Aug. 20, registration will be $20 for Sept. 10, $40 for Sept. 11 or $45 for both days.
For teens 13 through 17, registration will be $10 for Sept. 10 only, $15 for Sept. 11 only or $20 for both days.

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