News briefs for Aug. 31

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Are you a farmer, rancher or producer of agricultural products? If so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages you to become a member of your own Farm Service Agency County Committee. The deadline to nominate candidates to your local Farm Service Agency County Committee is Friday. The USDA is looking for nominations from all producers -- community organizations can nominate candidates too. FSA County Committee allows you a voice in how the Agency's farm programs are administered in your community. County Committees play an important role in making decisions on commodity price support loans and payments; conservation and disaster programs; and other important agricultural issues. Nominations will be accepted until Friday and voting takes place between Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Learn more by visiting a USDA Service Center online at: www.fsa.usda.gov., or call Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St., in Craig at 824-8314.

Farmers hurt by drought can apply for loans
Producers in the following counties -- Moffat, Rio Blanco, Mesa Eagle, Garfield, Grand Jackson, Pitkin, Routt and Summit -- could be eligible for emergency loans. These counties, based on damages and losses caused by drought were included in a disaster designation. The low interest loans are available to operators of family size farms/ranches who are unable to obtain credit elsewhere. Loans are based on physical and production losses caused by drought that began Jan. 1. Producers must file an application for an emergency loan through the Farm Service Agency by April 18, 2005. Each application will be considered on its own merit, taking into account the extent of losses, security available, repayment ability and other eligibility requirements.
Call Laurie Neilson, farm loan manager, at 242-9133, ext. 2, or the Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St., at 824-8314, ext. 2.

Draft Horse Classic
returns to Western Slope
Preparations are under way for the third annual Colorado Draft Horse Classic and Regional Shire Show at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle on Friday and Saturday.
This heavy horse event will feature exhibitions of two-, four-, and six-up hitches, as well as, men's and ladies' cart, mule and farm teams, log skidding, team racing and obstacle courses. Also, scheduled this year are classes for Western Regional Shire Show, draft and sport horse under saddle in both English and Western attire, halter classes and more. Admission is free and everyone is encouraged to stake a grandstand seat and watch the one-ton horses strut their stuff or stroll through the barns and meet the people and their gentle giants who comprise the wonderful draft horse family. For more information call Sharon McLin at 876-5979 or Kim Murchison, Show Mnaager at 825-1142.

Still room to enroll in CNCC/On the Move classes
There is still room in many of the classes with the CNCC and Moffat County on the Move program.
Moffat County residents can take advantage of reduced registration fees or if you are already a member of Trappers Fitness. Students of CNCC will have to enroll without credit for the pass/fail option.

Women's bowling league looking for new members
Tuesdays Ladies Night Out League is looking for women that would like to join the league. It offers a great way to meet new people and have a good time. Bowling starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Craig Lanes. For more information, call 826-0357 or 824-3196.

Hockey travel teams
signups set for Sept. 24
Craig Youth Hockey travel teams, the Craig Cougars, are having registrations sign-up at the City of Craig Parks and Recreation Department at 300 W. Fourth St. The signup deadline for the travel teams is Sept. 24. Practices will start on Oct. 25. For more information call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Mark Bangs at 824-8211.

Youth hockey league
hosts fall meeting
Craig Youth Hockey League will be having its annual fall membership meeting at the Craig Intermediate School cafeteria at 201 E. Ninth St., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Anyone with a skater in the association is encouraged to attend. Camp starting dates and fees will be discussed.

Youth hockey league
offers many options
Craig Youth Hockey League is organized into two leagues and an introductory program. The Introduction to Skating and Hockey "ITSH" program starts Nov. 9. This program is designed to introduce the student to skating and hockey without the cost of joining a league. This program is total of five one-hour practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Protective gear and stick will be provided and skates are available for $1 per practice. This class is for all ages, including adults, and the fee is $25.
The "House League" is a night recreational league that plays games mostly in Craig. This is a noncheck league and practices twice a week for one hour starting at 5 p.m. Youths 9 years old and older practice Monday and Wednesday. Youths 5 to 8 practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. Protective gear and jerseys are provided. This program starts the first week in January. League fees are $79.
The "Traveling League" is a more competitive league that plays in the Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League. This program starts Oct 25. and continues through March. Call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Mark Bangs at 824-8211.

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