Briefs for Aug. 27

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Baggs police uncover potential explosives

Some Baggs residents were evacuated from their homes Wednesday night after police uncovered what seemed like a plot to set several of the town's buildings on fire.

Baggs police caught a suspect in the act of trying to set a storage shed on fire at about 7:30 p.m., police said.

A suspect had placed a liquid accelerant on items in a storage building at 14 Lash St., police said in a news release. The suspect appears to have been interrupted and fled the scene before he was able to ignite the building. Officers went to the suspect's residence on the south side of town and found similar substances, police said. Fire accelerant had been applied to the floor of two buildings, and it appeared that there was going to be an attempt to burn the property, police said.

Carbon County Hazardous Material Unit was called in after it was determined the scene was dangerous. Wyoming's Homeland Security also responded to the scene. Officials from there used a robot to assist in the removal of hazardous and potentially explosive items.

Baggs police have not identified a suspect. Charges haven't been set in the case.

TMH gets $50K Caring for Colorado grant

The Memorial Hospital is $50,000 richer thanks to a Caring for Colorado grant. The funds are slated for the Moffat County Care Clinic. The clinic provides medical services for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Caring for Colorado Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization aimed at serving the health care needs of Colorado residents. Since 2003, the foundation has awarded $28 million to health care programs across the state. The foundation gives priority to projects that provide affordable health care to underserved populations.

Boys and Girls Club holding orientations

Orientations in English and Spanish are at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. Orientations in English only will be offered at noon Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20.

At least one parent must attend one orientation to be able to enroll their children in the Boys and Girls Club. Current membership expires Aug. 31.

Partners hosts leadership summit

Business owners and community leaders are invited to the 2005 Regional Leadership Summit on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 in Craig and Steamboat Springs. The summit, hosted annually by Yampa Valley Partners, will focus on issues affecting Northwest Colorado.

From 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 6, at Centennial Hall in Steamboat Springs, the topic is "Our Region, Our Future." From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Craig Holiday Inn, the topic is "Our Decisions for Change."

The purpose of the summit will be to outline innovative solutions for the issues and concerns of Northwest Colorado.

The registration fee is $45 and includes both sessions. Log on to www.yampavalleypartners.com for more information or call (970) 871-7681.

COA tells hunters to check licenses

The Colorado Outfitters Association wants hunters to be sure the outfitters they hire are licensed this fall.

If hunters use an illegal outfitter, they could have their game confiscated, their hunt stopped and could be charged with a felony.

The COA encourages hunters to check their outfitter's status with the state's department of regulatory agencies online at www.dora.state.co.us/outfitters.

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.

Boys and Girls Club gets $15K for health

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver has given the Boys and Girls Club of Craig $15,000 to establish, implement and maintain a program promoting lifelong health and physical fitness for youths.

Ronald McDonald House funds organizations with programs related to children's health and well-being. The Craig program will be called the Fitness Authority.

Craig McDonald's restaurant owner, Chris Nichols, recommended the club apply for funding in May, based on current programs and services offered there.

The $15,000 will be used to implement the Fitness Authority program as well as purchase equipment such as indoor standards and nets for tennis and pickleball, floor hockey nets, "Dance, Dance, Revolution" game and other fitness equipment such as outdoor recreational equipment.

Because Boys & Girls Club of Craig staff members feel they are indebted to a multitude of businesses and business owners in Craig, beginning in September, the club will feature a "Business of the Month" alongside "Club Members of the Month."

September's business of the month is McDonald's, and the club will have coupons and other giveaways for McDonald's.

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