News in Brief for May 4, 2004

The Museum of Colorado in downtown Craig invites the public to an art exhibit by three local Craig artists, Deanna Messing, Claudia Peters, & Doris Zimmerman, currently on display.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Call 824-6360 for information.

Sorenson to lead 'Energy and the West' discussion

Powder River Basin rancher Nancy Sorenson, who has taken the fight to protect her land from rural Wyoming to Washington, D.C., will present photos of a changing landscape and reflections on trends in energy development that threaten public and private lands.

All members of the community are invited to join the conversation and share local experience and begin a dialogue on the energy challenges facing Northwest Colorado at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse. The clubhouse address is 1055 County Road 7 in Craig.

This event is part of the "Energy and the West" series sponsored by Western Colorado Congress, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Colorado Wilderness Network, and the Powder River Basin Resource Council.

Radiation Exposure screening is May 25

The Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) offers health screenings to former uranium industry workers, and to those who were exposed to radioactive fallout from above-ground nuclear weapons testing.

The screenings will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Weiss Activity Center, 500 Kennedy Drive, on the Colorado Northwestern Community College campus in Rangely; and from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Kilowatt Korner community meeting room at the corner of Sixth and Market streets in Meeker.

For more information call (970) 244-7543 or toll free (800) 860-6335.

County taking comment on zoning and codes

the Moffat County Planning & Building Department is accepting comments through May 27 regarding proposed amendments to the Zoning Resolution and proposed adoption of additional versions of the International Codes. Please call 824-9149 or 824-9148 for more information.

Letter carriers' food

drive set for Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, will be collecting non-perishable food items like canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice on Saturday, May 8, to help families in need in our community.

You can help by placing your food donation at your mailbox on May 8 before your letter carrier arrives. Your carrier will take it to the post office, and it will then be delivered to a local food bank or pantry. No perishable food items will be accpeted.

Public meeting on Ips beetle is today in Meeker

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension are hosting a public meeting at 7 p.m. today at the fairgrounds in Meeker to provide information on the Ips beetle.

The Ips beetle is moving north from the southwest corner of Colorado. Ips is a common group of bark beetles that infests pine and spruce trees. They develop under the bark and produce girdling tunnels that kill trees. The Ips Beetle is in Rio Blanco County and signs indicate they're just outside Meeker.

For more information contact Extension Agent Bill Ekstrom at 878-4093 or Mitigation Specialist Lynn Barclay at 826-5096.

First Western Slope Poker Run starts in Aspen

The first Western Slope Poker Run will be held on Saturday, May 22, departing from Aspen Valley Harley-Davidson at 10:30 a.m. The ride is sponsored by ABATE.

This all-day ride is open to all licensed motorcycles and riders, with optional overnight camping Saturday night on private land in Rangely. For more information call 876-2918 or 675-8897.

Life Center taking

housing applications

The Independent Life Center is accepting applications for Section 8 housing choice vouchers. The first 20 people to return completed applications will be put on the waiting list. Applications may be picked up in Craig at the ILC office, 483 Yampa Ave., or in Rio Blanco County by contacting Kathy North at 878-4713.

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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