News briefs for Oct. 26

Erik Molvar, wildlife biologist and author of "Wild Wyoming," will present a photographic tour of Wyoming lands Wednesday, featuring the Red Desert, some of Wyoming's wildest and most endangered public land. The Red Desert extends southward into Colorado and is of great ecological significance to Northwestern Colorado. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of Northwest Colorado and will take place at 7 p.m. at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. A book signing and discussion will follow the presentation. Call Tim at 826-0927.

TMH after-hours mixer
welcomes doctors
The Memorial Hospital is having an after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to welcome specialists, Dr. Stacy Childs, Dr. Henry Fabian and Dr. Michael Crane and present its recently remodeled waiting areas. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be available. Live entertainment will be provided by a local favorite, the Yampa Valley Boys. Call 824-9411.

MCHS drivers education classes start Nov. 2
Moffat County High School students can now sign up for one of two driver education classes being offered by the high school. The first class starts Nov. 2, and the second begins Jan. 4. The cost of the class is $150 and is payable during the first week. Students must be 15 years old by January 10 to take the first class, or by March 31 to take the second class. Classes will meet from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the high school. Sign-up sheets are available in the school's main office. Call Brad Moore at 824-7036, ext. 1220.

Club names Dodds
volunteers of the year
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."
State Sen. Jack Taylor was honored as the "Man of the Year."
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.

Families sought to host exchange students
Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for 22 Colorado families to host high school students from various countries beginning in January. 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 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 support 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.

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 business owners in Moffat County are invited to attend. Representatives from conventional and nonconventional business lending programs will be available to meet with local business owners 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.
"Financing is an important issue for many of our existing businesses and the Business Financing Expo is an effective way to get important information on the financing options available to those who are interested," Tom Flavin, executive director of the EDP, said. "Helping existing businesses is a key strategy in the EDP program." Call the chamber at 824-5689.

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 contact Johnny Garcia at the Colorado Workforce, at 824-3246, if they have not done so already. 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 over 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, increase access to health services or use prevention strategies to assure positive health outcomes. Call the foundation at (720) 524-0770 or (800) 463-7713 or e-mail health@caringforcolorado.org.

Students singing at vocal clinic at 6 p.m. today
The District Eight fall vocal clinic will be held in the Moffat County High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. today. 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 covering a wide range of styles. The Craig Middle School Performing Choir will welcome concertgoers from the second floor commons area with songs from their first quarter of work. The community is urged to attend this free concert showcasing 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

CDOT transportation plan reports available
Fifteen technical reports that provide support documentation for Colorado's draft 2030 statewide transportation plan are available for public review and comment. The reports represent a comprehensive effort to develop a systemwide transportation vision for the state. Hard copies of the summary plan and CDs for the Corridor Visions and Technical Reports are available at the Craig Library, 570 Green St.

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