Briefs for Aug. 23

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Baggs, Wyo. -- Ryan Kudera, fire chief for the Baggs Volunteer Fire Department, will receive a donation of $37,000 toward the purchase of a four-wheel drive rescue truck from Devon Energy.

Devon Energy will present the check to Kudera at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Baggs.

The donation from Devon Energy will be combined with $23,000 already raised. The $60,000 allowed the department to apply for a state matching funds grant. The new fire truck is greatly needed to respond to emergency calls over rough roads in a 1,500 square-mile response area.

Registration has begun for 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 is Sept. 11 to 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 to learn more about one another, build relationships and explore funding opportunities.

The $75 registration fee allows nonprofits access to training, panels and workshops, plus the chance to have valuable face time with the people from large private and government funders who make the decisions about where to send grant monies.

Online registration may be completed at www.grandfoundation.com by clicking on the Rural Philanthropy Days link. Call Nicole at (970) 887-9838 or to receive a form.

Tickets now on sale for annual Literary Sojourn

Tickets are now on sale for Literary Sojourn, the premier festival of authors in the Rocky Mountain Region. The 13th annual celebration of books and reading is Sept. 10 in Steamboat Springs. This year's master of ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, a regular on NPR's Morning Edition. Guest authors are Chris Abani, Haven Kimmel, Patrick McGrath and Ruth Ozeki.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn Web site: www.literarysojourn.org. For more information, call the library at 879-0240 or Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 879-6830.

YVRA expansion project under way

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Phase 2 Terminal Expansion Project is under way. Access roads into the airport have been 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 scheduled departures.

Parks and Rec looking for football officials

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

Organizers planning reunion for Class of '95

Organizers are looking for 1995 classmates for a reunion. Please call Jolene Walls (Perez) 824-2214 or visit www.classmates.com. The reunion is planned for Sept 3.

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. Because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress. 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.

Craig club organizes fantasy football league

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is organizing a fantasy football league this fall.

The winner will receive a copy of Madden 2006, a video game for whichever system the winner chooses.

Teams need to be signed up by Aug. 19. For details or to sign up, call Mike Fraher, AmeriCorps volunteer, at 826-0411, or stop by the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Craig Fire/Rescue is seeking applications for the position of probationary firefighter. This position is volunteer/paid per call, with vested retirement after 10 years and will require a physical, drug screen, psychological test and physical fitness test.

To apply, pick up an application at the fire station between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Return applications no later than 4 p.m. September 1.

Hayden Cyber School Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Hayden Cyber School. The Hayden Cyber School, based at Hayden High School, provides the opportunity for students to complete their high school curriculum online.

This comprehensive electronic high school, now in its fourth year, is available to any student with Internet access. Hayden Cyber School offers the ability to enroll in classes, receive instruction, and take tests via the Internet. All course work is monitored and evaluated by a certified teacher. Using the convenience and versatility of the Internet, students can complete coursework at their own pace.

Students do not have to live in Hayden to be eligible. This program is open to students in Moffatt and Routt counties. Students must complete a Cyber School application for review by the Admissions Committee. Following this initial screening, prospective students will be interviewed. Once accepted, students will meet with the High School Counselor to determine the classes that are needed for graduation. Upon completion of all required classes, students will be awarded a diploma from Hayden High School.

All students must complete a minimum of 25 hours per week, at least 20 hours of which must be time spent working on classes. The remaining five hours will be completed through work study, or community service.

Interested students and families should contact the Hayden High School at 970-276-3761, ext. 350 or visit the web site http://www.haydensd.org. Click on the Cyber School link to download an application.

Yahoo Golf Tournament

Sign-ups are available for The Yahoo Golf Tournament scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. Men's format is an 18-hole Chapman and women's format is a two-lady scramble. Entry fees are $100 per men's team and women are $25 per player. Golfers or the public can purchase golf balls that will be dropped from an airplane for $10 each. The person who purchased a ball that lands closest to the center of a target will win a big screen television valued at $1,500.

Entry forms are available at the Yampa Valley Pro Shop.

Sign up deadline is Sept. 12

All proceeds of the fund-raising event go to assist low-income patients of the Northwest Colorado Dental Care clinic.

Call Tom or Helen Knez at 824-4227 or Dan Severson at 824-3668 or 824-9481.

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.



VNA receives funding support from Hayden businesses

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has received significant financial support from organizations in the town of Hayden, bolstering the agency's public campaign for the acquisition of The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden.

The Haven board of directors recently voted to pledge an additional $25,000 toward the VNA's acquisition campaign.

Babson Carpenter Foundation notified the VNA that it would grant $20,000 toward the acquisition campaign, double the initial request of $10,000.

Over the course of the past month, VNA has also received the following funds: $1,000 from the Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary; $1,000 from Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club; $25,000 from the Boettcher Foundation; and $50,000 from the Adolph Coors Foundation.

For more information, contact Suzi Mariano at 879-1632 or email smariano@nwcovna.org.

Free, reduced-cost meal programs available

The Moffat County School District announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Children from families whose income is at or below certain income levels depending on the size of their families are eligible for free or reduced cost meals.

Application forms are available at each school office. Information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits.

Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size or become eligible for food stamp benefits, you may fill out an application at that time.

For more information, contact your child's school.

Local resource for soil, water issues

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office offers resources and information about soil conditions, water quality, plants and wildlife habitat enhancement. The agency offers help planning and designing irrigation water structures, ditches, ponds, springs and stream bank stabilization structures. Information about cross-fencing, range and pasture seeding, stocking rates, brush control, riparian protection, seedling tree establishment and irrigation water and rangeland management is also available.

All services are offered free of charge. NRCS has been assisting private landowners with conserving resources since 1935. Financial assistance may also be available.

For more information, visit the NRCS field office located at the USDA Service Center, 356 Ranney Street in Craig or call 824-3476 to schedule an appointment.

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