News briefs for Oct. 22

Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for 22 Colorado families to host high school students from various countries beginning in January 2005. The students are between 15 and 18 years old and will attend local high school for one semester. They are prescreened, speak English and look forward to learning about our culture and teaching you about their culture and country. The teens will have medical insurance and their own spending money. Host families are not paid but may be able to claim a $50 a month charitable contribution on their income tax. Single parents, retirees and families with children of any age are encouraged to participate. Call 1-800-894-7633 for more information. PIE is a nonprofit educational organization.

Parent's Toolbox group meets Wednesday
"The Parent's Toolbox: How to Enjoy Being a Parent" is a free parent education and support group for parents of children in preschool through elementary grades. The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Board Room of the Moffat County Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave. October's topic will be "Never Give Away the Ice Cream -- seven tools to reduce negative behavior and get the cooperation you want." Free child care and snacks will be provided. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Dec. 1, Jan. 19, Feb. 23, March 23 and April 20. Call Jennifer Langley at 826-4249 to register or get more information.

Moffat County businesses invited to financing expo
The Craig Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center and the Economic Development Partnership are jointly sponsoring a Business Financing Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Holiday Inn in Craig All businesspeople in Moffat County may attend. Representatives from conventional and nonconventional business lending programs will be available to meet with local businessowners interested in securing capital. Organizations represented will include the U.S. Small Business Association, the State of Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Colorado Northwest Loan Fund and First National Bank of the Rockies.
Business owners planning to attend should RSVP to the Craig Chamber at 824-5689 by Monday. The chamber also may be contacted with questions about the expo.

Veterans will receive diplomas at dinner
High school diplomas will be given to World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans during a special dinner at the Elks Club on Nov. 13. The dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., is being sponsored by the local VFW, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Elks Club. Veterans wishing to receive a diploma need to call Johnny Garcia of the Colorado Workforce at 824-3246. RSVP by Nov. 4 to Dora at 824-2251 or Virginia at 824-5868.

Moffat County health programs receive grants
Caring for Colorado Foundation has awarded grants to two health care programs in Moffat County. Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association received a $40,000 grant to support women's health services for low-income and uninsured women in Moffat and Routt counties. The foundation also awarded the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition $450,000 during three years to open a dental clinic to serve low-income children in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.
Caring for Colorado Foundation provides community health grants to programs that improve the health status of individuals and communities by addressing unique community-identified health needs and issues. It gives highest priority to projects that target an underserved population, increase access to health services or use prevention strategies. Call the foundation at (720) 524-0770 or (800) 463-7713 or e- mail health@caringforcolorado.org.

Fall vocal clinic draws more than 200 students
The District 8 fall vocal clinic will be in the Moffat County High School auditorium at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Students from seven high schools have been working for nine weeks with Wayne Genova of Pueblo South High School to prepare for the clinic, which will feature eight musical pieces in a wide range of styles. The Craig Middle School Performing Choir will welcome concertgoers from the second floor commons area with songs from the first quarter. The free concert showcases more than 200 students from Meeker, Rifle, Grand Valley, Soroco, West Grand and Vail Mountain high schools in addition to Moffat County.

Legal fund established for youth Austin Sadvar
A fund has been established to help with legal fees for Austin Sadvar. Those interested in contributing may do so by mailing payment to:
Bank of Colorado
c/o Austin Sadvar
P.O. Box 277
Craig, CO 81626

Transportation plan
tech reports available
Fifteen technical reports that provide support documentation for Colorado's draft 2030 Statewide Transportation Plan, "Moving Colorado: Vision for the Future," are available for public review and comment. The reports provide detailed information for the 2030 transportation plan. Hard copies of the summary plan and CDs for the Corridor Visions and Technical Reports are available at the Craig Library, 570 Green St. Reports also can be viewed online at www.dot.state.co.us.

VFW sponsors national teacher, student contests
Local teachers could win $2,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a student could win a $10,000 U.S. savings bond in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' national awards program this year. The VFW and Ladies Auxiliary will award the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award 2004 to one outstanding teacher in grades kindergarten through fifth, sixth through eighth and ninth through 12th. Students in sixth through eighth grades can compete in the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition by writing a 300- to 400-word essay on the theme "What Service to Our Country Means to Me." The entry deadline is Nov. 1. Students and teachers should call the local VFW Post at 824-7145 or visiting www.vfw.org.

Fourth-graders could win extra cash for college
CollegeInvest, Colorado's nonprofit higher education financing resource, is accepting entries for its fourth annual "Who Wants to Be a College Student?" contest. The organization will give away $20,000 in starter account scholarships throughout the contest, which is modeled on ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
Students are invited to enter the contest by submitting an essay, art project or poetry. Fifty children will win $100 starter account scholarships. Twenty finalists from across Colorado will meet April 30 at the special game show-style event at the Denver Zoo, where they will have a chance to win $750 each in cash for college.
Fourth-graders can enter at www.collegeinvest.org; click on "Savings Plans" page, go to "News and Events," then to "In the Community." Download the student entry form, then complete and mail by Feb. 4. For more information, call 1-800-COLLEGE.

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