News briefs for Aug. 5

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be conducting a Hunter Education Course at the Moffat County CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23 through Aug. 27. Registration is required. The cost is $10. Firearms will be provided. The facility is handicap accessible and a bilingual interpreter can be provided. Call in advance if this service is required.
There is no age restriction; however, participants must be old enough to safely handle a weapon and pass a written exam to receive their hunter education cards. The primary purpose of the course is to teach safe, responsible firearm handling in the field, in the vehicle and in the home after hunting. In class, students learn about firearms and ammunition. Through hands-on activities and instruction, students also learn firearm safety, shooting fundamentals, firearm and wildlife laws, hunter responsibility, wildlife identification and management, game care and survival.
Even if you don't hunt and just enjoy the outdoors, this class may be for you. Basic skills learned in hunter education can help you take more pleasure in outdoor activities. Survival and other outdoor skills will help prepare you for outdoor emergencies. Non-hunters are always welcome to take the hunter education courses. Call the Craig DOW Sportsman Information Center at 824-3046 or 272-3238.

Operation Great Kid
prize winners announced
The Craig Police Department announced the following winners of the Operation Great Kid prize drawing held at the National Night Out event Tuesday evening at Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers on West Victory Way.
The winner of the grand prize drawing, sponsored by Black Mountain Glass, was Jordan McLeslie. Jordan won a new BMX bike and helmet. Eighty prizes worth more than a total of $1,000 were awarded throughout the night.
The following children won prizes in the Operation Great Kid drawing and need to contact the Craig Police Department at 826-2360 or stop by the Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St., Suite 300, to pick up their prize: A.J. Stoffle, Riley O'Leary, Mitchell Floyd, Trenna Kaiser, Abigail Gonzales, Spencer Rice, Jacqueline Green, Laura Secules, Kelly Knez, Connor Knez, Aleah Wilson, D.J. McKnight, Hilton Smith, Alexandria Cruz, Heather Cruz, Derek Powers, Kaden Hafey, Trace Fallon, Ryan Secules, Tyler Gerber, Ethan Powers, Tyler Gonzales, Anastasia Cruz, Jeremy Ogden, Katie Rice, Vana Steele, Rhiannon Miller, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Foster, Dario Georgiou, Jovanna Powers, Michael Green, Zachary Hansen, Daniel Green, Ariah Wilson, Alyssa Zimmerman, John Kirk, Katie Knez.
A heartfelt thank-you goes out from the Craig Police Department for all those who participated in and sponsored the event.
"It was great to see the community pull together to reward the great kids we have in our community," said Sean Villard of the Craig Police Department. Officers noticed residents throughout the night whose porch lights were left on in support of the event and as a national symbol of taking a stand against crime.

CNCC 'On-the-Move' classes begin Aug. 23
Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a number of courses this semester in coordination with the Moffat County On-the-Move Program. Many classes begin Aug. 23, however, late registration will continue until Aug. 25. Tuition for the classes will depend on whether you are a Moffat County resident and whether you are taking other classes at CNCC. Students will be able to use the Trapper Health Fitness Club. Please pick up class schedules at the CNCC campus, County Extension Office, Serendipity's, City Market, Safeway or the Trapper Health Fitness Club for more on the following classes: step aerobics, fit ball/Pilates mix, kick boxing, water aerobics, FCA-circuit training, body sculpting and toning, weight training, Moffat County walks, hatha yoga, beginning pilates, yoga Pilates and Nordic skiing. Call 824-9182 or the CNCC campus at 824-1135.

Motorcycle group sees jump in membership
The local membership of District 22 of ABATE (A Brotherhood Active Towards Education) a motorcycle rider organization has been experiencing astounding growth, says District Representative Craig "Big Lucky" Rose of Rangely. ABATE is a nonprofit, educational motorcyclist rights organization.
Last year group of about six met to discuss organizing a more active Western Slope district of ABATE. Membership is topping 75 members, and District 22 is looking at splitting into two separate districts. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the Rifle Moose Lodge, 133 E. Third St., Rifle. Saturday's meeting will profile the rider safety program and discuss a pledge run 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. Call Craig Rose "Big Lucky" at 675-8897.

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