News briefs for Oct. 27

Two Craig juveniles recently admitted to vandalizing a Bureau of Land Management sign on Duffy Mountain. The large sign, advising visitors to the Little Yampa Canyon Special Recreation Management Area of travel restrictions, was shot multiple times and damaged. The juveniles have agreed to pay $230 for replacing the sign, and each juvenile will spend one day cleaning popular campsites on BLM public lands.
"Signs are placed on public lands to inform visitors, who not only pay for those signs through their taxes but also contribute a great deal to the local economy. Vandalizing signs wastes taxpayers' money and penalizes everyone," BLM Law Enforcement Ranger Gail Mullen said.
Those choosing to target shoot on public lands are reminded to shoot responsibly and always pick up spent shell casings. Leave an area in better condition than it was found so that others may enjoy their public lands, too.

Free ride to polls
on Election Day
As a public service, The Independent Life Center is making its van available to anyone in the Craig area who needs a ride to the polls. Whether or not you have a disability, the ILC will give you a ride to vote on Election Day. Call 826-0833.

Police Department offers tips for Halloween safety
The Craig Police Department reminds parents and children to stay safe this Halloween with the following Halloween safety recommendations:
n Wear light-colored clothing that is short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of the costume.
n Make sure children can see well through facemasks, or use cosmetics instead to create fun or scary faces.
n Adults should accompany young children.
n Go out in daylight and carry a flashlight in case of delay.
n Stay within the neighborhood and only visit homes you know.
n Watch for traffic.
n Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
n Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
n Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
n Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords.
Business group sponsors gingerbread contest
The Craig Downtown Business Association is sponsoring a Christmas gingerbread house contest. The entry fee is $5 and includes a board to use as the base of the house. Entry forms, boards and rules are available at KS Kreations and The Kitchen Shop. Entries should be delivered to Pam Design Interiors between 9 and 10 a.m. Nov. 27. Judging will occur, and the houses will be moved to display locations, where they will remain until Christmas. Call Nadine at 824-8148.

Wildlife author presents photo tour of Red Desert
Erik Molvar, wildlife biologist and author of "Wild Wyoming," will present a photographic tour of Wyoming lands at 7 p.m. today, 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 be at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. A book signing and discussion will be after the presentation. Call Tim at 826-0927.

After-hours mixer will welcome doctors to TMH
The Memorial Hospital is having an after-hours mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today to welcome three new specialists, Dr. Stacy Childs, Dr. Henry Fabian and Dr. Michael Crane and to present their 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 ed
classes start Tuesday
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 Tuesday 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 Jan. 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.

Boys and Girls Club
honors volunteers
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 today
"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. today in the Board Room of the Moffat County Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave. 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.

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