News briefs for Jan. 17

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Yampa Valley Partners Community Indicators Report 2005 2006 is available. This community information that reflects input from agencies, organizations and citizens in Routt and Moffat counties. The purpose of the 2005-2006 report is to track several key social, environmental, civic and economic conditions.
Through our Community Indicator Report usage, we will have a picture of our progress toward meeting our community goals.
"Indicators are a unique form of education that can show interconnections of the health of our people, environment and economy, which is essential for conscientious community decision making," said Audrey Danner, executive director of Yampa Valley Partners.
This report is being distributed to more than 11,000 readers by our local newspapers, the Steamboat Pilot, the Hayden Valley Press and Craig Daily Press.
"We appreciate the partnership to put this information in the hands of citizens, decision makers, nonprofit organizations and business leaders for use in understanding our community," Danner said.

Play day today, Feb. 21
at Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will offer play days from noon to 6 p.m. today and Feb. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Both days are free to members, and nonmembers can attend for $10. Snacks will be provided on both days, but lunch and transportation are the responsibility of parents. Call 826-0411.

Meeker elk positive for chronic wasting disease
One of 41 elk at a ranch in Meeker tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
The elk was a 6-year-old female that died in June 2004, but the sample was submitted for testing in August. As with every positive case, the herd of 40 animals was quarantined.
Once the ranch owner agreed to participate in a voluntary indemnification program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, each animal was given a value through an appraisal process.
In December, the herd was transported to Colorado State University to be killed and tested for CWD, and all 40 animals tested negative.
"This process was much longer than we expected, but we're glad that everything progressed smoothly with all of the parties involved," said Wayne Cunningham, state veterinarian at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
"As with all cases involving indemnity, the owner also agrees to not raise elk on that location for five years."
In Colorado, there are 97 licensed elk ranches.
In Colorado, CWD testing has been required of all domestic elk deaths since 1998. The Colorado Department of Agriculture was the first state to require mandatory surveillance of domestic elk herds for CWD. In addition, Colorado elk ranchers have been required to identify and inventory all domestic elk since July 1994.
Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to become emaciated, display abnormal behavior, lose bodily functions and die. At this time, there is no evidence that CWD is a risk to human health.

Audition Jan. 29
for local talent concert
The Craig Concert Association invites all musicians, singers and dancers to audition Jan. 29 for The Local Talent Concert, which will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Tryouts are on a first-come, first-served basis and should be between three and six minutes. Hopefuls should submit a tape or CD of their audition before the date if they are unable to attend. The Local Talent Concert will be at 2 p.m. March 6 at the Moffat County High School auditorium. For more information, call Jim Simpson at 824-4138.

Register now
for Feb. 12 Art Walk
The Downtown Business Association is planning the 10th annual Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12. and is looking for participants. The Art Walk has become a tradition for artists and businesses to draw attention to themselves and provide the public with a wintertime diversion. Registration is $25 and must be received by Feb. 5. For more information, call Carol Wilson at 824-4580.

Sign up now
for 4-H, new dog club
Wanted: any and all children with a dog to join a new 4-H dog club. Training sessions begin Feb. 17 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Now is the time for new members to register for 4-H. Call leaders Glenda Grandbouche at 824-7986 or Lori Visintainer at 824-4159. Call the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180 to enroll.

Mardi Gras celebration Feb. 4 at St. Michael's
The Knights of Columbus of St. Michael will host a Mardi Gras festival on Friday, Feb.4 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. Cocktail start at 7:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 8 p.m., and dancing is from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be door prizes and awards for the best costume. Tickets can be purchased from club members or at the church. For more information call 824-5330.
The Moffat County Tourism Association has funds available to help organizations defray the costs of advertising events within the county. For more information about qualifying for these funds, contact Steve Miller at 824-2335. The deadline is Feb. 1. Recipients will be notified by Feb. 25.

Sweet Adelines Show scheduled for Feb. 5
The Annual Sweet Adelines Show will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 5. at the Moffat County High School auditorium. Teens will be vying for the Teen Idol title. The audience will choose the winner. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door. There also will be a large silent auction beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the high school lobby. For more information, call Ivy Davis at 824-5746.


Diamonds & Spurs
fund-raiser set for Jan. 29
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 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, call Marilyn Bouldin at 824-1119 or Sam Johnston at 824-7031.

Monetary quit help
available for smokers
Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
This year is no exception, and Colorado's free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
For a limited time, the Colorado Quitline, 1-800-639-QUIT (7848), will be offering $5 mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be included in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 years and older.
The coupons will be distributed until the supply is depleted, so call early.
If you have questions about this offer, call Judy Hiester, Tobacco Prevention Program coordinator for the Northwest Colorado VNA, at 879-1632 or 824-8233.

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