News briefs for Dec. 6

The Craig Intermediate School library is sponsoring a "Books are Fun" book fair this week from noon to 7 p.m. through Thursday. More than 200 titles for children and adults will be available, as well as a variety of gift items. Proceeds will be used to benefit Craig Intermediate School and its library. Call 824-3287 for more information.

Holiday home tour
is this weekend
The Rotary Club is sponsoring a holiday homes tour from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Four homes are in the tour. When they arrive at the first home, visitors can purchase a program for $5 that describes the homes. A list of featured homes will be available in the Craig Daily Press and posted at several downtown businesses. Proceeds from the tour will go towards Rotary Club scholarships and other programs.

Teen rockers sought
for Battle of Bands
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.
Like last year, bands will be judged by a panel of five local musicians.
Winners will receive recognition in the newspaper, on the radio and with a one night, all ages gig at a local music venue.
Battle of the Bands sign up will begin in March. For more information, call Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com.

High school football
banquet is today
A banquet for all Moffat County High School football players and their families will be at 7 p.m. today in the high school. Players and their families must have responded by Friday to attend.

Boys and Girls Club hosts tea party for youths
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig and The Memorial Hospital are hosting a tea party for children ages 6 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Boys and Girls Club. The tea party is free to all Craig youth and will feature an etiquette lesson, dance and visit from Santa Claus. Reservations must be made by Dec. 15 by calling 826-0411.

Youth hockey class
taking registrations
Craig Youth Hockey is taking registrations for the night league program at Craig Parks and Recreation through Friday. The cost is $79 and includes protective gear. Practices begin in January and will be either Monday and Wednesday evenings or Tuesday and Thursday evenings, depending on age. This program is open to players ages 7 to 12. For more information, call Wendy Otis at 826-0700 or Mike Boatright at 824-2046.

Elks Club hosting
national hoop shoot
The Elks National Hoop Shoot is Saturday at the Craig Middle School campus. Children ages 8 to 13 as of April 1, 2005, can participate and must bring a birth certificate for proof of age. Sign in begins at 8 a.m. and the shoot begins at 9 a.m. Certificates will be issued to all contestants, and trophies awarded to first- through third-place winners. Winners in each age category will move on to the county finals. Those interested in registering early can call Dora at 824-2251. For more information, call Jody or Dora at 824-2251.

IRS looking for those
who are owed refunds
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 1,713 Coloradans whose income tax refund checks were returned from the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable. Nine of those taxpayers are in Craig: Nicole Cromer, Joel and Jacqueline Harry, Mary Paulson, Justin Pankey, Alma Cerna, Glenda Ehlers, Kenneth Nielson and Ruben Hernandez.
Refund checks go astray for reasons that can vary with each taxpayer, but usually it's because a life change causes an address change.
"If we owe you money, we'd like to get it to you," said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. "All you have to do is tell us where you are. Our Web site makes it easy for taxpayers to track their undelivered refund checks."
Taxpayers can go to the IRS Web site at www.irs.gov and click on "Where's my refund check?" An address change form can also be accessed on the site. Those without Internet access can call the toll free assistance line at 1-800-829-1040.

Downtown merchants hold Holiday Open House
On Sunday, the downtown merchants are having a Holiday Open House. Visit all the stores downtown, and play the Gingerbread word search game. The open house is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

BLM preparing resource management plan
The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office has published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Resource Management Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement for the Little Snake Field Area. The NOI initiates the formal public scooping period, which will run through Jan. 31. The RMP will provide a framework for management of 1.3 million acres of BLM public land and 1.1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. The planning area includes portions of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.
"Periodically, the BLM revises our RMPs to make sure that we keep our management vision current and up-to-date to reflect the values of the communities we serve and the natural resources we manage," said Little Snake Field Manager John Husband.
The Little Snake office has worked closely with the Northwest Colorado Stewardship, a grass-roots group that represents a wide range of the public working together to resolve public land issues in northwest Colorado.
In preparing the RMP, the BLM will consider a range of alternatives for management of activities ranging from oil and gas to range and recreation management. The EIS will provide specific information about the environmental effects of the alternative management scenarios, in accordance with federal laws.
Public scoping meetings will be in January 2005 in Maybell, Craig and Steamboat Springs. For additional information on the RMP/EIS contact Jeremy Casterson at 826-5071 at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig.

Pancake breakfast will benefit drug prevention
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program is hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser to benefit scholarships, after school programs and DARE. The event will be from 6 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the McDonald's in Craig. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased from Moffat County School District students who are in third through sixth grades or from the Craig Police Department. Call 826-2360.

Avalanche Information Center open for season
To get snowpack conditions and a mountain weather forecasts, Western Slope residents can call 668-0600 in Summit County and Vail, 920-1664 in Aspen, 247-8187 in Durango and 349-4022 in Crested Butte. Call the Colorado Geological Survey at 303-866-4762 or visit the CAIC Web site at geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.

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