News briefs for Jan. 3


The flu vaccine shortage is easing allowing healthy adults age 50 years and older to receive flu shots.
The Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St., in Craig will hold a drop-in flu clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
At-risk groups will be targeted: Adults ages 50 and older, infants ages 6 to 23 months, household members of infants younger than 6 months, pregnant women and people between the ages of 2 and 49 with chronic medical conditions.
Adult shots are $18, children's shots range between free and $15. Medicare/Medicaid participants should bring their cards. Call the VNA at 824-8233 with any questions.

Ask-A-Lawyer Night
at Moffat County Library
Do you need help with or information about a civil legal problem? The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and The Moffat Library are sponsoring "Ask-A-Lawyer Night" on Tuesday at the Moffat County Library. This is a drop-in first-come, first-served private consultation for 10 to 15 minutes with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. "Ask-A-Lawyer Night" is a free service for low-income residents beginning at 5:15 p.m. Drop by or call Colorado Legal Services at 276-2161 or 1-800-526-6968.

Ten free trees from
Arbor Day Foundation
Ten free flowering trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during January.
The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign.
The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between Feb.1 and May 31 with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Members also receive a subscription to the Foundation's bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book with information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the Foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Flowering Trees, National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb. 68410, by Jan. 31 or go online to

Diamonds & Spurs
tickets available
The Craig Rotary Club will host the fourth annual Diamonds & Spurs fund-raising dinner dance. The event is at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.
This popular community event is a great opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy an evening of fine food, dancing and fellowship.
Dinner will be catered by Halandras Catering and the menu will include a variety of options.
Local disc jockey Tracy Lawton will play classic rock, oldies and country tunes until midnight.
Tickets are $60 a person, and corporate tables are available to accommodate between eight and 10 people. Ticket holders must be at least 21 years old to attend, and this will be a nonsmoking event.
Ticket proceeds benefit the Moffat County High School Scholarship Fund and other local Rotary charities.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call Marilyn Bouldin at 824-1119 or Sam Johnston at 824-7031.

Reception Tuesday
for commissioners
An open house will be from noon to 1:30 p.m.Tuesday at the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, in Craig, to honor Commissioners Marianna Raftopoulos and Les Hampton. The public is invited to stop by to wish the outgoing commissioners well and thank them for their dedication to Moffat County. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Gena Hinkemeyer at 824-5517.

CSU Extension to begin charging user fees
Colorado State University Cooperative Extension is launching a program to recover costs of services because of state budget limitations for the organization. The program will implement user fees for clientele to recover costs. Traditionally, most services provided by the extension have been free to the public as part of Colorado State University's land-grant commitment to providing information and education to people living in Colorado.
Local extension agents and county government officials will determine specific fees for each program within their geographical area. However, a consistent approach will be used to determine fees across the state. Some programs, such as education provided to food stamp recipients, may be provided without more charges. Also, waivers will be provided for people unable to pay fees.
The cost recovery and user fee program has been implemented with financial targets for the next three years, beginning with a target of as much as $300,000 statewide by June. The fees will be used to support operational costs, technology, supplies and support educational resource development within the cooperative extension.

'Family Connections'
program available
The Moffat County School District and Grand Futures Prevention Coalition are offering an exciting new award-winning program called Creating Lasting Family Connections. The program is designed to improve self-esteem and communication skills and help youths be successful by learning to stand up for themselves and avoid alcohol and drugs, violence and other health-threatening behaviors. Benefits for participating families will include family management, parent and youth communication and alcohol and drug prevention.
The program will be available to CMS students and their parents. The cost is free and will meet at the School Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8. Participants must sign up by Tuesday.
For more information, call Westley du Pont at 824-1022 or Cindy Biskup at 824-5752.

Harpers Corner Road closed to public
The superintendent of Dinosaur National Monument announced today that Harpers Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado, on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles north into the monument, closed to the public Saturday.
The first five miles of the road up to Plug Hat Butte will remain open and plowed throughout the winter to allow public access to the Plug Hat parking area for snow mobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts. The road closure entailed locking two gates on the Harpers Corner Road above and below Moffat County Road 16 and the gate at Plug Hat.
Cross-country skiing and snowmobile use is allowed on the closed portion of the road above Plug Hat. Snowmobiles are not allowed off the road surface and cannot go past the Echo Park Road turnoff 21 miles north of the Monument Headquarters Visitor Center.
Entrance roads and hiking trails to the Gates of Lodore and Deerlodge Park in Colorado and Island Park, and Jones Hole areas in Utah will remain open.
These roads and trails are neither plowed nor maintained in the winter and can present hazardous conditions after a snowstorm.
However, if you have an appropriate vehicle and proper equipment, these areas can provide enjoyable outings in the winter.
The entrance road to the Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center is plowed and kept open throughout the winter.
Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.
The Headquarters Visitor Center in Colorado is closed on weekends and on federal holidays.

Boys and Girls Club closed until Jan. 10
The scheduled completion of the gymnasium floor project is Saturday. The club will remain closed until Jan. 10.
The club's staff resumes usual office hours today.

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