Briefly for June 24, 2004

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The Great Race 2004 is the 22nd year of a 4,000-mile odyssey from Jacksonville, Fla., to Monterey, Calif. The race features a $3 million collection of vintage cars, including a 1917 Hudson Indy car, a 1934 Ford Indy car, a 1925 Pierce Arrow, 1953 Corvette and a 1925 Rickenbacker.

Race vehicles will be on public display during the Official Pit Stop in Craig on Tuesday. Yampa Avenue will be closed between Fifth and Sixth streets to host welcoming and pit-stop activities for the Great Race vehicles. There will be a pancake breakfast free and open to the community at 7:30 a.m. at Alice Pleasant Park between Fifth and Sixth streets. Entertainment will be provided by local vocal artist Jori Hollenbeck.

Welcoming for the vintage cars in the Great Race is from 8:20 to 10:30 a.m. For more information call the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

The community of Craig is also hosting an official Bike-to-Work Day to encourage residents to get to work without using their cars.

Mine workers union

to hold elections Sunday

Local Union 1799 of the United Mine Workers of America will have nomination for international officers at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Center of Craig, with its regular meeting.

Deadline is July 21

for disaster loans

Businesses in some Colorado counties have until July 21 to file applications for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available for businesses dependent on farmers and ranchers sustaining crop losses due to drought and insect infestation that has occurred since Jan. 31, 2003.

The loans are intended to assist businesses in offsetting working capital losses which they suffered as a result of the severe weather reducing the crop income of the area farmers and ranchers. However, farmers and ranchers themselves are not eligible for the SBA loans. Small businesses claiming to have been physically injured by the disaster are not eligible. However, nurseries that are victims of drought disasters can apply.

Applications and further information can be obtained by calling the SBA at 1-800-366-6303 or 817-267-4688 for the hearing impaired.

Prescribed burns

scheduled in monument

Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Chas Cartwright announced Monday that the monument will conduct two prescribed burns this summer. The objective for each burn is to maintain a healthy native grass community. Many plants have adapted to fire and in some cases are dependent upon fire for their reproduction, lodgepole pine being a good example.

The largest planned prescribed burn will be 850 acres in Pearl Park located on the Yampa Bench Road in the heart of the monument. The second and smaller burn will be 100 acres in Disappointment Draw located near Deerlodge Park on the eastern end of the monument. Both of these burns are in the Colorado portion of the monument.

Dates have not yet been set. Ignition of a prescribed burn is dependent upon meeting the parameters for a variety of factors. Monument fire personnel, in cooperation with other agency wildland fire fighters, will ignite a fast moving fire under prescribed conditions. Properly planned, prescribed burns produce a landscape that is a mosaic of bunch grass, sagebrush, and juniper habitats, in close proximity to one another providing improved habitat for a diversity of plants an animals.

Nominations sought

for Philanthropy Day

The National Philanthropy Day Committee is asking the people of Colorado for their help. Do you know of an outstanding volunteer, philanthropist, or fundraising professional? What about an outstanding business or corporation, foundation, youth, or youth group? Now is your opportunity to submit a nomination for an outstanding individual or organization in your community for the celebration of the 17th annual National Philanthropy Day in Colorado.

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside each November to recognize the thousands of generous people who donate their time, talent and financial resources to worthy causes all over the country.

Nomination forms are available from Jeanne Bistranin, awards committee chairwoman at the Adolph Coors Foundation 303-388-1636, ext. 16, or jeanneb@acoorsfdn.org or Maureen McDonald at the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation 303-620-8038 or maureen.mcdonald@den-chamber.org. Nomination forms also are available online at npdcolorado.org.

Demolition derby coming to fairgrounds Aug. 14

The Demolition Derby Racing Association will host a demolition derby on Aug.14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Early registration is recommended. Rule packets may be obtained from the CSU Cooperative Extension Office at 539 Barclay St. in Craig, and at the Craig Daily Press at 466 Yampa Ave., or by contacting the DDRA, P.O. Box 337012, Greeley, CO 80634. For rule clarifications, contact Roger at (970) 351-7531. This is a limited weld class. The race features a guaranteed purse of $4,000. For more information contact the Moffat County Fair Office at 824-9180.

SHARE Colorado

distributes low-cost food

SHARE Colorado, a nonprofit organization, is a monthly food distributor that offers grocery packages at half the retail price to everyone. The goal of SHARE is to help families save about 50 percent on their groceries, while encouraging the building of relationships with their neighbors in the community.

How does SHARE achieve this? They select about 20 items that people are most likely to buy at the grocery store, including fresh fruits, vegetables and frozen meats. Then through a national affiliate network, they purchase massive quantities of these items at very low prices. At no time is donated food accepted for distribution.

Through a network of volunteers at the warehouse and distribution centers known as "host sites," the food is delivered to these host sites where you pick up your order. As a nonprofit organization, SHARE relies heavily on volunteers and passes on the huge savings by reduced expense.

How does it build community? The host distribution sites generally are churches, senior centers, schools, community centers, etc. The experience of picking up a "SHARE" of food at the host site is almost like a community party. People get to know each other and many make new friends. Many love and support the program so much that they ask how they can help out next month.

Two hours of volunteerism is encouraged for every participant. Volunteering can be anything from working at the host site or warehouse, to baby-sitting, to sharing a meal with a neighbor or friend is considered. Virtually anything that you do for anyone not in your immediate family free is volunteering. Most people find that they're already doing it without realizing it.

Who can participate? Anyone from the affluent to those with struggling budgets. Even those who can afford to spend more for food are being good stewards with their money by simply being more frugal. Once more, the minimal profits in each share of food sold go to support this program and sometimes those who can't even afford to buy a share. People not interested in participating can make a donation for a "sponsored share." That means your donation goes to buy food for a neighbor in the community who needs help.

To register for SHARE, visit Craig SHARE from 5 to 7 p.m. July 9 at 678 School St. For more information on the SHARE program, call 1-800-933-7247 or visit www.sharecolorado.com

West Nile information

available by phone

Denver Health's Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center has contracted with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to staff an information line for callers inquiring about the West Nile virus in Colorado. The toll-free line, called COHELP at 1-877-462-2911, is staffed by trained professionals. It is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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