News briefs for Sept. 24


On Saturday and Sunday, the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig will host the last fall rodeo of the 2004 High School Rodeo season. The National High School Rodeo Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of sportsmanship, horsemanship and character in the youth of our country.
Saturday's events are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday's events begin at 8 a.m.
The high school contestants have an opportunity to receive college scholarships and assistance to attend college in addition to the titles and awards they can achieve in competition. Cowgirls compete in barrel racing, breakaway calf roping, goat tying, pole bending, queen contest and team roping. Cowboys compete in bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping, cattle cutting, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping.
This event is free to spectators and will not be canceled because of weather. Only lightning will delay events. Area students to watch are Becky White in the goat and pole events, Kendel Fawcett in the pole event, Brandon Whitaker and Clay Foulk in the calf roping and team roping events, Tia Branon in the goats and poles events, Sara Fleming in barrel and pole events, Shamra Simpson in the barrels and goat events and Sharina Simpson in the barrels and goats and poles events, Nicole Keen in barrels and pole events, Janice McIntyre in the barrel and pole events, Brandon McIntyre in the team roping event, Justin Hagwer in the saddle bronc event and Jaguar Terrill in team roping and calf roping events.
Often, students competing have parents who are former competitors or still competing in rodeo events. High school participants face the same guidelines as other high school sports, and contestants must maintain their grades to compete. Many of the Moffat County High School contestants are honor roll students.

Community coat drive
covers a new season
The community coat drive, sponsored by Love Inc. of Yampa Valley, announces some of the distribution locations, dates and times for used coats collected and cleaned during the drive. Volunteers will be available to assist people as they come in for a coat. Anyone who needs a coat may come to any distribution site and receive a free coat regardless of income. The only rule is one coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for their children.
The first distribution will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in Hayden at the Congregational Church, 202 E. Jefferson St. Hayden Congregational Church will host more coat distribution days from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, 7, 11 and 14.
The second distribution will be hosted by the Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave., in Craig from 8 a.m. until noon Monday through Fridays beginning Oct. 18 through Nov. 5 and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays.
People who would like to donate a coat for the coat drive can take the coat to Lloyd's Cleaners, 552 Breeze St., in Craig any time until Oct 20. Call Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400 from 2 to 5 p.m.

College fair coming Wednesday to MCHS
The Colorado Council on High School/College Relations will host a college fair this fall in our area. The council coordinates with high schools and colleges to provide the most current information to students and parents. This year, the fair will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Moffat County High School with about 40 colleges and universities attending.
We encourage high school seniors and juniors considering post secondary education to attend. Call Paula Duzik at 824-7036.

Why workers need unions presentation and dinner
The Militant Labor Forum hosts a dinner, presentation and discussion today. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Militant Labor Forum Hall and Pathfinder Books, 11 West Victory Way, Suite 205, in Craig. Donations requested for the dinner and program are $5 for each. Habra Traducción al Español.This week's topic is about the importance and the future of trade unions. Call 824-6380 or e-mail
First National celebrates 100 years of service
On Oct. 1, First National Bank of the Rockies in Craig is hosting a birthday barbecue. Food and fun will be served from 11 a.m. until the homecoming parade begins at the FNBR office, 600 Yampa Ave. The community is welcome to attend.
For more information about the barbecue or First National Bank of the Rockies in Craig, call Dave Fleming at 824-6533.

Voting help available for people with disabilities
Do you want to vote in the presidential election?
Have you not voted because you can't get to the polling place, can't read the ballot and are embarrassed to ask for help? Do you know where or how to register and where or how to vote?
Voting is our most fundamental right as Americans. Don't miss your chance to vote.
The Independent Life Center can help you. We remove the barriers to voting.
If you want help with voting or needed information, call Dave at 826-0833.
We can help in Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

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