Briefs for June 10

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There will be no regular mail delivery or retail customer service at postal facilities nationwide Friday. The U.S. Postal Service will honor the National Day of Mourning for former President Ronald Reagan.

Regular mail delivery service, postal customer service and retail operations will resume Saturday. Business mailers who had planned to deposit large mail volumes at Postal Service bulk mail acceptance units Friday should contact their mail acceptance facilities to determine whether there are any changes to acceptance dates and times.

'Ask-A-Lawyer Night' tonight in Steamboat

Do you need help or information with a civil legal problem? The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and Colorado Mountain College are sponsoring an "Ask-A-Lawyer Night" tonight in the Colorado Mountain College library in Steamboat Springs. This is a drop-in, first-come, first-served private consultation for 15 minutes with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association.

"Ask-A-Lawyer Night" is a free service for low-income residents from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the library, 1330 Bob Adams Drive in Steamboat. Drop by or call Colorado Legal Services at (970) 276-2161 for more information.

Moffat Family Clinic offers free physicals

Moffat Family Clinic is offering free sports physicals for Moffat County residents through July 30. Call 824-3252 for information or to make an appointment.

Down Valley Pony Club ready for memberships

The Down Valley Pony Club is ready to take memberships for summer.

The club is a satellite of the Yampa Valley Pony Club. The club provides low-cost instruction to riders 8 to 21 years old. Participants should have access to a horse.

Membership forms are available on the Web site at www.ponyclub.org/. For more information on fees, call Jayne Sharp, secretary-treasurer, at 824-2823 or Becky Thayer at 824-0311. Both women will be at the Alpine Horse and Rider Show at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Saturday, and signups can be completed there.

Blood drive scheduled for June 22 at Center of Craig

Bonfils Blood Center has scheduled a mobile unit to be available for blood donations from 12:30 to 6 p.m. June 22, at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Bonfils Blood Center is encouraging the public to remember the need for donating blood this summer. During the summer, blood donations can decrease by up to 20 percent, while patient usage typically increases. Donors are encouraged to recruit a "Bonfils Buddy" to give blood with them.

Blood donation is one of the easiest ways to volunteer, with each blood donation lasting less than an hour. Blood donors need to be in good health and at least 17 years or older. (Seventeen-year-olds will need a parent's consent.) Drink plenty of fluids and have a good meal at least one hour before coming to give blood. Be aware that if you are taking medications, you may be prohibited from donating blood. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Pam Thompson at 824-9411.

Deadline approaches for preschool scholarships

The deadline to apply for Colorado Preschool Program scholarships is Tuesday. Scholarships are valid at three Craig locations: St. Mark's Preschool, Sunrise Kids Preschool and Child Care and the Moffat County School District's Early Childhood Center. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 31. For an application or more information, contact Sarah Hepworth, Colorado Preschool Program coordinator, at the Moffat County School District, 775 Yampa Avenue in Craig or call 970-824-7457, ext. 24.

Summer reading programs begin Monday at library

The Moffat County Library Summer Reading Program begins Monday and ends July 30. Registration starts Monday. Children can read 10 books or complete five hours of reading to finish each of the three levels. Prizes will be awarded for all levels. If participants continue to read past the third level, they may enter a prize drawing. Activity sheets will be available for children to take home. The popular treasure hunt will be offered again this year. The program will conclude with a festival at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 5. Register at the library, 570 Green St., in Craig, or call 824-5116 for more information.

BLM's Little Snake office closed until Monday

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will be closed for business through Friday as staff move into the new BLM building. Telephone service, as well as the availability of staff, will be interrupted for the move, though the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center will remain operational.

The new Little Snake Field Office will replace the modular trailers and add-ons of the current office, originally built in the 1970s. In addition to providing improved facilities for BLM staff and the public, the new building will be more energy efficient, saving thousands in utility costs. The address will remain the same, 455 Emerson St. Demolition of the existing structure and construction of a new parking lot will continue through the summer. Fire Dispatch will remain operational throughout the move.

For more information on the Little Snake Field Office building project, call Jerry Strahan at 970-826-5000.

Girl Scout troop selling Six Flags Elitch tickets

Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council is selling Six Flags Elitch Gardens summer tickets at a discount price. People who purchase three tickets for $20 each will receive one free ticket. Tickets can be used any day during the summer season. Tickets are available to everyone and are part of the fund-raising efforts of Girl Scouts to provide high quality programs and activities to girls who live in the Western Slope. Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council is supported by Moffat County United Way and serves more than 2,600 girls in 13 counties across the Western Slope.

Submit your news briefs to Andy Smith at 466 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625. Call 824-7031, fax 824-6810 or e-mail asmith@craigdailypress.com.

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