Briefs for Aug. 8

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Yampa Valley Regional Airport Phase II Terminal Expansion Project will start today. Access roads into the airport will be changed and public parking lots will be under construction. Airport officials are encouraging the traveling public to have family, friends or commercial ground transportation companies bring passengers to the airport. Parking will be very limited. All flights will be operating on their regular schedules and it is suggested that passengers arrive 90 minutes before schedule departures.

Canned Food BINGO
to be held Friday
A Canned Food Drive BINGO is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Moffat Fairgrounds picnic shelter.
To play, participants must donate two canned foods per BINGO card. Great prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded for each of 12 games. Free root beer floats also will be available, compliments of Elaine Sullivan and friends. The event benefits the Interfaith Food Bank.
Call Elisa at the CSU Extension Office, 824-9180.

Referees for football program being sought
Craig Parks and Recreation is looking for football officials for the 2005 tackle football season. Officials must be at least 24 years of age. Call 826-2006. Sept. 2 is the deadline for inquiries.

Class of 1995 planning its 10th reunion
Organizers are looking for 1995 classmates for a reunion. Please contact Jolene Walls (Perez) 824-2214 or visit classmates.com. The reunion is planned for Sept 3.
Rally for a Cure
tourney is Wednesday
The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association is holding its sixth annual Rally for a Cure breast cancer benefit golf tournament, starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course.
All community women are invited to participate in the event, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Moffat County Cancer Society. Organizer Susan Utzinger said many members of the golf association have been affected by the disease, so the cause is close to their hearts.
"Rally for a Cure is a worldwide foundation, really, and they have golf tournaments for the Susan B. Komen Foundation all over the country," she said.
The event is a four-lady scramble, and participants are asked to wear pink.
This year's theme is an ice cream social. Ladies do not have to belong to the golf association, and do not have to have a handicap.
"Any lady who plays is welcome to join us," Utzinger said.
Last year, a record 40 ladies played in the tournament, and she's hoping even more will attend this year's event.
The entry fee is $35, which includes lunch and prizes, but does not include green fees and cart rental. Call Utzinger at 824-9656.

DOW asks people to report animal sightings
Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose and river otters by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.
Moose were transplanted in Northern Colorado in the 1970s and in southwest Colorado in 1992. Since then, the population has increased steadily. But because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress.
If you spot a moose or river otter while you are out hiking, fishing or sightseeing please make some notes if possible. Wildlife managers need location, GPS coordinates if possible, type of terrain, number of animals, color, sex, and if animals are adults or juveniles.
To report a sighting, call (970) 255-6100; Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900; Gunnison, (970) 641-7060; Montrose, (970) 252-6000; Durango, (970) 247-0855.

Fire ban at Browns Park National Refuge
Fire restrictions are in effect on the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in Moffat County. The dry vegetation combined with the fuel loading (amount of vegetation), which is more than typical, prompted the need for the restrictions.
The restrictions prohibit the following activities:
Building or using any open fire, campfire or charcoal grill, except within fully enclosed stoves using pressurized liquid or gas at developed recreation sites.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
Fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands.
Violating fire restrictions on federal lands could result in a fine of $5,000 and six months in jail. Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.

Small Business center offers funds workshop
A free two-hour workshop, "Funding Sources for Your Business," will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank of the Rockies, The workshop will provide information about finding money from $1,000 to $2 million.
Topics discussed include angel investors, venture capitalists, bank loans and SBA guaranteed loans.
Call Willa Jean at 970-824-7078.
Division of Wildlife offering hunter class
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a Hunter Education Class Aug. 15 through Aug. 19 at the Bell Tower Building of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.
All classes must be attended to obtain your Hunter Education Card. To pre-register, please call 824-3046 or 272-3238.

Register for Rural Philanthropy Days
Registration is under way for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, which returns to Northwest Colorado for the first time in four years. This year's event will be Sept. 11-13 at The Inn at SilverCreek in Granby. This is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties to meet with Colorado funders in order to learn more about each other, build relationships, and explore funding opportunities.
The $75 registration fee allows nonprofits access to training, panels and workshops, plus the chance to have face-time with people from large private and government funders who make the decisions about where to send grant monies.
Register at www.grandfoundation.com.

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