Briefs for June 25, 2004

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. on Saturday and Sunday.

Children's summer

theater signup

Children ages 5 to 14 are being sought to participate in a play, "Jack and the Beanstalk." This weeklong camp will produce a full-scale play of local children as cast members.

Bob Woolsey, from Boulder, will be the director. He is an acting teacher, acting coach and independent filmmaker with more than 30 years of acting experience. There will be auditions for specific parts, rehearsals and a finished performance for the community. Children will be involved in painting scenery, costumes, props, makeup and some technical aspects of the production. All children participating will have lines.

The camp is designed for fun and to experience the thrill of acting on stage and being challenged with memorizing and remembering when to move and where to go.

Children will receive a T-shirt to commemorate their participation in the camp. Actors will need to bring a sack lunch and wear sunscreen every day. There are limited costumes available. Actors may be asked to provide their own costumes; however, most often they can be derived from something they already own.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 through July 30. The fee will be $125. Scholarships may still be available. For more information or to register call 826-2004.

The Great Race is

coming to Craig

The Great Race 2004 is 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, 1934 Ford Indy car, 1925 Pierce Arrow, 1953 Corvette and 1925 Rickenbacker.

Race vehicles will be on public display during the Official Pit Stop Tuesday in Craig. 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 at 7:30 a.m. at Alice Pleasant Park located between Fifth and Sixth streets at 7:30 a.m. Entertainment will be provided by local vocal artist, Jori Hollenbeck. The community of Craig is also hosting an official Bike-to-Work Day. For more information call the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

Demolition derby coming

to Moffat County Fair

The Demolition Derby Racing Association will host a demolition derby at the Moffat County Fairgrounds on Aug.14. 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, 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 with a guaranteed purse of $4,000. For more information contact the Moffat County Fair Office at 824-9180.

Mine workers

to hold elections

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, along 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 (SBA).

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 occurred Jan. 31, 2003 and continuing.

These loans are intended to assist businesses in offsetting working capital losses which they suffered as a result of the severe weather. However, farmers and ranchers themselves are not eligible for these 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 toll-free 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 along the Yampa Bench Road in the heart of the monument. The second and smaller burn will be 100 acres in Disappointment Draw 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 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 firefighters, 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 chair at the Adolph Coors Foundation. Call her at (303) 388-1636, Ext. 16 or e-mail jeanneb@acoorsfdn.org. Or contact Maureen McDonald at the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation (303) 620-8038 or e-mail maureen.mcdonald@den-chamber.org.

SHARE Colorado offers

the chance to volunteer

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 you're 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. Unlike a traditional grocery store, they don't maintain inventories, expensive stores, large employee bases, etc.

You say build community? How? The host distribution sites are generally churches, senior centers, schools, community centers, etc.

The experience of picking up your "SHARE" of food at the host site is almost like a community party. People begin to know each other and many meet new friends.

Actually two hours of volunteerism is encouraged for every participant.

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


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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