Briefs for Aug.23

Dinosaur National Monument will conduct a prescribed burn beginning today in Pearl Park.

The objective for the burn is to maintain a healthy native grass community, park Superintendent Chas Cartwright said in a press release.

The Pearl Park burn will be about 500 acres in size and will be along the Yampa Bench Road in the heart of the monument. Considerable smoke is expected from the fire. The canyon overlook along the Harper's Corner Road will be closed to the public during the burn so the parking area can be used as a landing zone for helicopters.

Pastoral education

seminar set for Thursday

A clinical pastoral education information sharing seminar will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Craig on Thursday.

The seminar begins at 10 a.m. The purpose is to gather a professional theological education training group for clergy and laity.

The Rev. Foy Richey, president of Rocky Mountain Pastoral Care and Training Associates, an ACPE-CPSP accredited pastoral care organization, will host this seminar.

The seminar will provide an overview of CPE, which is graduate theological education teaching the arts and skills of pastoral and spiritual care. Six to seven students (clergy, laity or other community members) will be chosen to participate in the first training group. The seminar will be conducted monthly for nine months with trainees bringing to the seminar experiences of community-based and church ministries for which pastoral supervision and supportive learning will be offered. Graduate theological education credit may be obtained for this training for those enrolled in graduate seminary or theological education training.

For more information about the seminar, call F. Neil Folks at (970) 824-0312 or Foy Richey at (303) 797-1389.

Nurse association hosts speaker from Brookings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting speaker Isabelle Sawhill of the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution at its annual meeting Wednesday.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. at the VNA Building, 745 Russell St. Refreshments will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Sawhill is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. She will speak on teenage pregnancy.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is a bipartisan mix of politicians, scientists and media celebrities who came together in a national campaign against teen pregnancy. In 1996, Sawhill teamed up with Sarah Brown, a researcher at the National Institute of Medicine. With help from luminaries ranging from Whoopi Goldberg to journalist Sally Quinn and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, the women founded the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The bipartisan coalition set out to reduce the teen pregnancy rate by one-third by 2005.

After Sawhill's brief presentation will be a question-and-answer session with the audience. For more information, call 824-8233 or visit www.teenpregnancy.org.

Republican women hold empowerment seminar

The Moffat County Republican Women will host a women's empowerment seminar with prominent corporate woman Dr. Celeste Colgan, Ph.D., who will speak on her philosophy and information about women and the economy, specifically the wage gaps that women experience as working professionals, even in the current century. The seminar will be held Sept. 9 at the Craig Holiday Inn beginning at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Seating is limited; reserved seating is available. For more information, call 824-6222.

CNCC offering grant-writing course Thursdays

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering a grant-writing course on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Craig campus.

The course will walk participants through defining the needs of their programs, identifying and building relationships with likely grantors to writing a grant to be submitted to a grantor.

Participants will develop components of a successful grant from problem statement to project description with goals and objectives to creating successful budgets and then how to evaluate their programs.

The class will meet three hours a night, one night a week from Sept. 7 to Oct. 7.

The cost for Moffat County residents is $67.05. For those participants from nonprofit groups, Moffat County United Way will reimburse the $50 for course materials upon completion of the class.

Registration is due by Sept. 1. To register, call 824-1101.

Down Valley Pony Club offering riding lessons

The Down Valley Pony Club will be conducting entry level riding lessons, sponsored by the city of Hayden at the Hayden fairgrounds every Saturday beginning Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

The fee of $20 will include pony, saddle, helmet and lesson. Immediately after the lesson, the Down Valley Pony Club will hold its regular meeting from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Becky Thayer at 824-0311 or visit www.ponyclub.org.

Social Services seeking loving foster parents

The Moffat County Department of Social Services is seeking foster parents to provide a safe, consistent and loving atmosphere for children in need of temporary care. When children need a home, foster parents step in to provide a safe nurturing environment. Children may return home within a few days but at other times, circumstances prevent a child's return home and foster families provide a safe home for a longer period of time.

A thorough background check and home study will be conducted on all applicants. Additionally, foster parent applicants will participate in state-sponsored training to help them understand the intricacies of foster parenting, including the legal, financial and regulatory aspects of being a foster parent. A foster parent training program will be held in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 24 and 25, though there are many other training dates and locations to choose from. Once certified, foster parents will decide what age and gender of children they think will benefit the most from their style and circumstance. Foster parents will have access to information regarding the children's background to assist them in their decisions to provide care for a particular child or children. Foster children are covered by Medicaid and a monthly stipend is provided to cover day-to-day costs for care. Foster parents are protected by state-sponsored liability insurance.

If you would like to be a part of a team dedicated to protecting and nurturing children, or just want more information on foster parenting, call Tom Dunlop or Anna Adams at Moffat County Department of Social Services. Call 824-8282, and make a difference in a child's life today.

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