Briefs for Jan. 1

The Craig Rotary Club will host the fourth annual Diamonds & Spurs fund-raising dinner dance. The event is at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

This popular community event is a great opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of fine food, dancing and fellowship.

Dinner will be catered by Halandras Catering, and the menu will include a variety of options.

Local disc jockey Tracy Lawton will play classic rock, oldies and country tunes until midnight.

Tickets are $60 per person, and corporate tables are available to accommodate eight or 10 people. Ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age to attend, and this will be a nonsmoking event.

Ticket proceeds benefit the Moffat County High School Scholarship Fund and other local Rotary charities.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call Marilyn Bouldin at 824-1119 or Sam Johnston at 824-7031.

Ask-A-Lawyer Night at Moffat County Library

Do you need help or information with a civil legal problem? The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and The Moffat Library are sponsoring an "Ask-A-Lawyer Night" on Tuesday at the Moffat County Library. This is a drop-in, first-come, first-served private consultation for 10 to 15 minutes with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. "Ask-A-Lawyer Night" is a free service for low-income residents beginning at 5:15 p.m. Drop by or call Colorado Legal Services at (970) 276-2161 or 1-800-526-6968 for more information.

Ten free flowering trees from Arbor Day group

Ten free flowering trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during January 2005.

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation's Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Feb.1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book with information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by Jan. 31 or go online to arborday.org.

Reception scheduled

for commissioners

An open house will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way in Craig, to honor commissioners Marianna Raftopoulos and Les Hampton. The public is invited to stop by to wish the outgoing commissioners well and thank them for their dedication to Moffat County. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gena Hinkemeyer 970-824-5517.

Drop-in flu vaccine

clinic set for Jan. 5

The flu vaccine shortage is easing, allowing healthy adults age 50 years and older to receive flu shots.

The Visiting Nurse Association, located at 745 Russell St. in Craig, will hold a drop-in flu clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

At-risk groups will be targeted:

n Adults ages 50 and older

n Infants ages 6 months to 23 months

n Household members of infants younger than 6 months

n Pregnant women

n People ages 2 to 49 years with chronic medical conditions.

Adult shots are $18, children's shots range from free to $15. Medicare and Medicaid participants should bring their cards. Call the VNA at 824-8233 with any questions.

CSU Extension to begin

charging user fees

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension is launching a program to recover costs of services, because of state budget limitations for the organization. The program will implement user fees for clientele to recover costs. Traditionally, most services provided by Cooperative Extension have been free of charge to the public as part of Colorado State University's land-grant commitment to providing information and education to people living in Colorado.

"With reduced state appropriations to Cooperative Extension's budget, new revenue sources are needed to maintain quality programs and services," said Milan Rewerts, director of Cooperative Extension. "A structure for the fee program has been developed to allow appropriate flexibility in services delivered by Cooperative Extension to clientele around the state. The program will recover costs by charging fees for educational opportunities."

Local Cooperative Extension agents along with county government officials will determine specific fees for each program within their geographical area. However, a consistent approach or formula will be used to determine fees across the state.

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