News briefs for Sept. 3

A Christian conference for women will bring a keynote speaker from Kentucky to Craig .
Twenty-five women from various churches have worked on a committee to sponsor this conference for women from Craig and Northwest Colorado. The conference, which includes 12 workshops, begins with registration at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 and will run through Sept. 11 at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Lunch will be provided.
The scheduled speaker will be Betty B. Gray from Kentucky, who is known for her humorous, down-to-earth, spirit-filled messages. Music and praise will be provided by Rhonda Walmer, a Craig native who now lives in Orlando, Fla. Various vocalists from the Craig and Grand Junction areas will present special music. The event is limited to 300 participants so register early.
Registration is $20 for Sept. 10, $40 for Sept. 11 or $45 for both days. For teens 13 through 17, registration fees will be $10 for Sept. 10 only, $15 for Sept. 11 only or $20 for both days.
Call Jan at 824-3341 or Sari at 824-4761.

Second annual Chamber
mini golf tournament
Mark your calendars and contact the Craig Chamber of Commerce to reserve a team by Tuesday. Participants must by 21 to enter the Second Annual Chamber of Commerce miniature golf tournament to be held Sept. 10. The cost for a four-person team will be $60. If you would like to enter but do not have a team yet, you can be assigned a team. Tee times will be at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for a hole-in-one and first-, second- and third-place teams. Door prizes will also be awarded through the evening.
Friday's event will begin with a 5 p.m. social time and registration with hors d'oeuvres. After the evening's event participants will be able to top it all off by creating their own ice cream sundae. Call the Chamber at 824-5689.

Today is last day to apply for farm committee
Are you a farmer, rancher or producer of agricultural products? If so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture encourages you to become a member of your own Farm Service Agency County Committee. The deadline to nominate candidates to your local Farm Service Agency County Committee is today. The USDA is looking for nominations from all producers -- community organizations can nominate candidates too. FSA County Committee allows you a voice in how the Agency's farm programs are administered in your community. County Committees play an important role in making decisions on commodity price support loans and payments; conservation and disaster programs; and other important agricultural issues. Voting takes place between Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Learn more by visiting a USDA Service Center online at: www.fsa.usda.gov. or call Moffat County Farm Service Agency, 356 Ranney St. in Craig at 824-8314.

Colorado veterinarians host evening of comedy
An award-winning group of comedian actors, Rattlebrain Theater, will present its special style of improvisational comedy at 8 p.m. on Sept.14 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center, 2300 Mount Warner Circle, in the Priest Creek ballroom.
Proceeds from the evening, which is hosted by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, will benefit the programs of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation, including the Colorado State Animal Response Team, a statewide program that is actively engaged in developing and supporting county Animal Response Teams throughout Colorado. The CVMF was created to support education, scholarship and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. The involvement of veterinarians makes the CVMF unique, allowing it to make the broadest impact on animal health and to offer services and insights that no other group can.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for teens, and they can be purchased at the door beginning at 7:30 p.m. Call the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association at (303) 318-0447 or 1-800-228-5429.

First candidate debates set in Grand Junction
The first candidate debates for Colorado's U.S. Senate and 3rd Congressional District seats in the general election will be held at Club 20's fall meeting Sept 11 in Grand Junction. Club 20 is a coalition of individuals, businesses and local governments on the Western Slope. Confirmed candidates for the senate are Pete Coors (R), Ken Salazar (D) and presumptive 3rd District nominees Greg Walcher (R) and John Salazar (D).
The public is encouraged to register for and attend Club 20's fall education meetings and candidate debates Sept 11 at the Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St., in downtown Grand Junction. The education meetings start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. The 3rd District debate will run from 6 to 7 p.m. and the U.S. Senate debate will run from 7 to 8 p.m.
To register for the fall meeting and purchase tickets for the evening debates in advance, go to Club 20's website at www.club20.org to download a fall meeting registration form.

Sheepdog trials begin Wednesday, end Sept. 12
Meeker will showcase 150 top dog/handler teams next month competing for a $15,000 purse.
The 18th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, scheduled Wednesday to Sept. 12, is considered one of the most prestigious traditional sheep-herding events in North America.
The volunteer-hosted event is held in the White River Valley at the foot of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and is expected to draw more than 15,000 spectators. During the five-day trials, there is plenty for spectators to do on-site and off. Activities include a craft festival, art contest and sale, barbecues, pancake breakfasts, jackpot stock dog competition and more. Call 878-5845.

Dial 211 for health, human services help
211 is a new, easy-to-remember phone number that makes a critical connection between people looking for health and human services.
FirstCall 211 of Larimer County provides this service for Routt and Moffat counties. The service is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday by phone. An alternate toll free connection is 1-866-485-0211 to reach a trained specialist for health and human service information. After hours information is available by subject or agency on the web at www.firstcall211.org.
Access to emergency services through 911 is a nearly universal and indispensable service. Telephone directory assistance through 411 is another number callers depend upon. However, many search for elderly health care, children's immunization information, emergency services, child care and after school programs. The process involves many phone calls and can be confusing.
Callers can simply dial 2-1-1 and ask for information and help.
Northwest Colorado's 211 implementation is the culmination of more than three years of work led by Yampa Valley Partners and their Community Resource Directory with funding established by Moffat County and Routt County United Way organizations.
If you would like to view your agency information, go to www.firstcall211.org and search agencies in Moffat or Routt counties.
If you would like to add new information, call 211 or toll free 1-866-485-0211. You may talk with an information and referral specialist to assist them with keeping their data base current and complete.

Needed -- Moffat-area families to host students
Families who host for Pacific Intercultural Exchange students are also eligible to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.
The students are all between15 and 18 years old, are English speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. Students are matched to the host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting.
Call PIE at 1-800-631-1818. Families are encouraged to call the program right away. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match. There are no "typical" host families and students can fit into just about any situation whether it be a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family.

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