News briefs for Jan. 18

A public hearing previously scheduled for today about the 2005-06 Community Services Block Grant has been changed to Jan. 25. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers of the Moffat County Courthouse. For more information, call 824-8282.

Youth group seeking
requests for projects
The Youth Group of the First Christian Church is seeking requests for service projects for the elderly, needy, or others in connection with the 30-hour famine outreach project. The labor is free, and materials will be provided by the project hosts. Projects will be evaluated by Pastor John Graler and his staff. People who have a project or work that they would like considered, they should provide a description of the project and a contact name and phone number. Requests must be received by Feb.15. Notification of project selections will be made by Feb. 20.
The projects will begin Feb. 27. Requests can be made by e-mail at craigfcc@craigfcc.org or by calling 824-6024.

Community Indicators Report now available
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 2005/06 Report is to track several key social, environmental, civic and economic conditions.
Through our Community Indicators 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.

Boys and Girls Club
play day is Feb. 21
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will offer a play day from noon to 6 p.m. Feb. 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The play day is free to members, and nonmembers can attend for $10. Snacks will be provided, but lunches and transportation are the responsibilities of parents. Call 826-0411 for more information.

Meeker elk
tests positive for CWD
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.
When 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.
CWD testing has been required of all domestic elk deaths since 1998.
Colorado 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.

Tryouts for local talent concert scheduled Jan. 29
The Craig Concert Association invites all musicians, singers and dancers to audition Jan. 29 for The Local Talent Concert, which will be held 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. Participants should submit tapes or CDs of their auditions 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.

10th annual Art Walk scheduled for Feb. 12
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.

Register now for 4-H
and join dog club
Wanted: any and all children with dogs 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.
For more information, call leaders Glenda Grandbouche at 824-7986 or Lori Visintainer at 824-4159.
Call the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180 to enroll.

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