News briefs for Sept. 8

The Downtown Business Association is organizing the fourth annual Golden Leaf Festival to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Yampa Valley. The festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 25. The goal is to have a block full of activity. The main emphasis is local vendors, community groups and family oriented activities. The festival is a great opportunity for nonprofit groups to recruit new members or raise funds for their organizations.
Booth spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as fees are received. Vendors are responsible for tables, chairs and weather protection. The fee is $35 a space for commercial and individual use and $25 a space for nonprofit groups.

Rotary looking for a few people to travel to India
January will be wintertime in the Rocky Mountain region; however, it will be warm and sunny in India. Trade a month of winter for a month of summer. The Rotary Club of Craig invites young professionals between 25 and 40 to apply for an exciting and educational opportunity as a participant in the Rotary Group Study Exchange program.
The program is a cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women. The exchange strives to improve international understanding by enabling people from different countries to learn from each other on a personal level.
The program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among young adults to better prepare them to address the needs of their communities in an ever-increasing global workplace. In addition, the exchange strives to improve international understanding by enabling people from different countries to learn from each other on a personal level.
Team members will spend a month visiting the host country and living with local Rotary families. The goal is to introduce team members to the host country's institutions and way of life, to view their vocations as practiced abroad, to develop personal and professional relationships and to exchange ideas.
The Rotary Foundation pays for most of the team member's expenses, including transportation and meals, with team members expected to pay only for their personal incidental expenses. Interviews will be conducted Saturday in Laramie.
Call Kellie Tovar of Rotary District 5440 at 506-1036.

Steamboat Springs Resort seeks art for 2005
The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is soliciting artwork for our Summer 2005 events. Please provide a concept for artwork for each or any event(s). Please also include other samples of your work for reference.
Call 879-0882, ext. 203, or e-mail jody@steamboatchamber.com for more information. Events that need artwork are the Steamboat Marathon, Fourth of July, Cowboys Roundup Days, Hot Air Balloon Rodeo, Tour de Steamboat -- Century Ride and Labor Day Rockin Roundup. Artwork deadline is Nov. 1.

Yahoo Golf Tournament scheduled for Sept. 18
The Yahoo Golf Tournament will be Sept. 18 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course, 2179 Highway 394, in Craig. The tournament will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Craig. Entry forms are available at the Yampa Valley Pro Shop. Entry deadline is Monday, with a maximum of 60 teams; first paid.
There will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start for men and women. The men's format will be 18-home chapman for an entry fee of $100 per 2-man team. Ladies format will be a two-lady scramble with an entry fee of $20 for each player.
A steak dinner for each player and their guest will be held at the Shadow Mountain Clubhouse following the tournament. Please bring a homemade salad or dessert. There will be a special drawing of names of boys and girls, ages 7 through 16, for a 45-minute plane ride courtesy of Lee Tucker. The grand prize drawing will be for a cow elk hunt donated by Snake River Outfitters. There also will be door prizes awarded. Call 824-3673.

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Trials begin today
Meeker will showcase 150 top dog/handler teams competing for a $15,000 purse.
The 18th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials, scheduled today through Sunday, 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.

Still time to register for dog-walking program
Continuing through Sept. 17, residents can register to participate in the Estes Park/Craig Dog Walking Challenge in which human/dog teams will pair up to motivate each other to increase their daily activity level. Get out with your dog and help Craig show Estes Park who takes better care of their dogs and themselves.
To register come to the CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St, between 8 am. and 4 p.m. starting Wednesday. There is a $15 per team registration fee ($10 per team if you already have a step counter), which will include a doggie bandana and a certificate for a free weigh-in and assessment at a local veterinary clinic.
The challenge will take place during a 14-week period and includes turning in step counter records every two weeks for which you will receive free doggie prizes.

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