News briefs for Oct. 25

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Jim and Ann Dodd of Craig were named "Volunteers of the Year" by the Boys and Girls Club of Craig at the club's first recognition program Saturday.
Accolades for the Dodds included developing the plans for renovating the clubhouse, organizing volunteers to do much of the work, and retaining and overseeing the various contractors and vendors involved in the eight-month project.
"Choosing the volunteers of the year will probably never again be as easy as this year," said Pres Askew, club president. "Jim and Ann were clearly the obvious choices."
About 200 supporters of the club, most of whom were in attire suitable for the "Roaring Twenties Costume Cabaret" theme, watched the "Charleston Revue" danced by Julie Baker, Kelly Cook, Terri Jourgensen, Brenda McKey and Shannon Samuelson and choreographed by Gail Severson. The revelers were then offered, and many accepted, Charleston lessons by the troupe.
State Sen. Jack Taylor was honored as the "Man of the Year."
"Each year we want to recognize as our 'Man or Woman of the Year' someone who not only has made a positive impact on our club, but who has contributed to the quality of life for citizens in Northwest Colorado," Askew said.
Taylor was lauded for his "tireless efforts" in assisting the club organizers and community leaders with the acquisition and renovations of the old National Guard armory building that houses the Boys and Girls Club and the Moffat County School District's Alternative School.
Master of ceremonies Kirk McKey delighted the crowd with his humor while moving the evening along at a fast pace.

Host families needed to host exchange students
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 a local high school for one semester. They are prescreened, speak English and look forward to learning about American culture and teaching 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 starts 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.

Businesses invited to attend 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 businesses in Moffat County are invited to attend. Representatives from conventional and nonconventional business lending programs will be available to meet with local businesses interested in securing capital.
Organizations to be represented 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.

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 in three years to open a new safety-net 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 and increase access to health services. Call the foundation at (720) 524-0770 or (800) 463-7713 or by e-mailing health@caringforcolorado.org.

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 now available for public review and comment. 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 teacher and 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 2004-2005 to one outstanding teacher in grade levels kindergarten to fifth, sixth to eighth and ninth to 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 deadline for entering is Nov. 1. Students and teachers should call the local VFW post at 824-7145 or visit 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. Students should submit an essay, art project or poetry. Fifty children will win $100 Starter Account Scholarships. Twenty finalists will meet April 30 at the Denver Zoo, where they could win $750 each in cash for college.
Fourth-graders can enter by logging on to 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, 2005. For more information, call 1-800-COLLEGE.

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