News briefs for Feb. 1

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Five winners from the Craig Elks Hoop Shoot traveled to Rangely for the district competition.
Armando Lopez of Craig in the boys 12 to 13 age group; Brian Davidson of Craig, boys 10 to 11; Payton Trask of Steamboat Springs, boys 8 to 9; Erika Kipfer of Steamboat, girls 8 to 9; and Chanda Walker of Craig, girls 10 to 11, all competed. Both girls took third place, and Brian Davidson took first and will go to Salida for the state competition.

Musicians sought
for 'Something's Afoot'
The Craig Performing Arts Project has openings for eight musicians for the upcoming performance of its play, "Something's Afoot," in April. These parts are for people are good at sight reading.
Parts for piano, banjo, trombone, bass, and trumpet and two reed and percussion parts are available. A pianist is needed as soon a possible. Call 824-5116 between Tuesday and Saturday.

IRS Web tool assesses
tax-credit eligibility
The Internal Revenue Service has a Web-based tool to help families learn whether they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. The EITC Assistant helps take the guess work out of EITC eligibility rules and reflects all the new tax law changes as well as being in both English and Spanish.
The EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families originally approved by Congress is 1975 to offset the burden of Social Security taxes and provide incentive to work. The maximum credit for 2004 is $4,300.
To find out if you qualify for the Earn Income Tax Credit, go to www.IRS.gov and look for the EITC Assistant or call 303-466-1757.

Church youth group searching 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.
If you have a project or work that you would like considered, please 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 commence on Feb. 27, 2005. .
Requests can be made by e-mail at craigfcc@craigfcc.org or by calling 970-824-6024.
Mardi Gras celebration Friday at St. Michael's
The Knights of Columbus of St. Michael will host a Mardi Gras festival Friday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 678 School St. Cocktails 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 costumes. Tickets can be purchased from club members or at the church.
For more information, call 824-5330.

Snowmobilers invited
to poker run Saturday
On Saturday, the Craig Snowmobile Club is hosting a poker run. The poker run starts at the Freemen Trailhead parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at 6:30 p.m. at Beef & Peppers Restaurant.
Entry fees are $10 for the first hand and $5 for each additional hand. Poker-run profits go to a Craig charity or for a college scholarship. Details are available at local snowmobile dealers, merchant poster displays and at the Freemen Trailhead.

Attorney general warns of gas voucher scam
Colorado Interim Attorney General John W. Suthers and AARP ElderWatch have issued an alert warning consumers about a gas voucher scam that is targeting Colorado residents, particularly seniors.
The scam is simple: The telephone rings, and the caller tells you about a wonderful free gasoline offer from the U.S. Department of Energy. The caller goes on to explain that, for a small service fee, you are eligible to receive vouchers worth $200 in free gas. Be forewarned: There is no free gas.
These fraudulent telemarketers are using this false story as a device to obtain consumers' personal and financial information.
"Scam artists know how to use stories in the news, such as high gasoline prices, to prey on people worried about those issues.
"The idea of free gas is enough get most people to listen to these false opportunities when all the scammers want to do is rob you of your hard earned money," said AARP ElderWatch Director Janice L. Friddle.

EBay workshop
offered March 3
A workshop on how to sell on eBay is being offered March 3 by Small Business Development Center in Craig at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.
Learn how to incorporate eBay into day-to-day business to encourage customers to buy locally. The workshop, instructed by an eBay certified instructor, includes using eBay as a marketing tool to attract new customers, sell old inventory and look for great deals in equipment or supplies.
The workshop applies to a diverse range of business operations, including those featuring home-based arts and crafts. Computer skills are not required for this workshop.
The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the CNCC classroom at the Center of Craig in the lower level.
The class fee of $55 includes the book and handouts. Call SBDC at 1-800-621-8559, ext. 8522, for reservations.

Western riding lessons offered for children
The Hayden Recreation Board is sponsoring Western riding lessons for children Feb. 25 at the indoor arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds. The cost is $20 a child. Multiple child discounts are available.
Emphasis will be on safety and proper riding technique. To register and reserve ride time, call Karen Montieth at 276-3088.

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