News briefs for June 29

Fire district taking applications

Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for probationary firefighters. Successful applicants must be 18 or older, pass a medical physical, psychological evaluation, department physical agility test, drug screen, criminal background check, possess a valid Colorado driver's license and have a good driving record.

Successful applicants will be required to become state certified Firefighter I and pass all other required fire department training within the first year. All needed training will be provided through Craig Fire/Rescue.

Positions are volunteer/paid-on-call with vested retirement after 10 years of service.

Applications are available at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications must be returned to the fire station no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Call the fire station with questions at 824-5914.

Strings music festival in full swing

trings in the Mountains Music Festival presents diverse programming of fine music with a focus on chamber music.

Strings in the Mountains Music Festival schedule:

n July 5, 11:00 a.m.

Lois LaFond and the Rockadiles

Sponsored by The Huntsman Family Foundation

n July 12, 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

"Everywhere You Go," performed by Joe McDermott and The Smart Little Creatur-es

Sponsored by the Frijole Blanco Foundation

n July 19, 11:00 a.m.

Washboard Annie Oyim

Sponsored by the Frijole Blanco Foundation

n July 26, 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Sponsored by the Thornton Charitable Foundation

n August 2, 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

"Mouse Tales," performed by Oak Street Performing Arts Company ponsored by Gay Roane

n August 9, 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Grammy Award Nominee Beethoven's Wig

Sponsored by The Huntsman Family Foundation

Tickets for these and other events can be purchased through the Strings Box Office, 900 Strings Road, across the street from the Meadows Parking Lot, or by calling 879-5056 x. 105.

DOW asking people to report animal sightings

Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose and river otters by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.

Moose were transplanted in Northern Colorado in the 1970s and in southwest Colorado in 1992. Since then, the population has increased steadily. But because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress.

If you spot a moose or river otter while you are out hiking, fishing or sightseeing, please make some notes if possible. Wildlife managers need location, GPS coordinates if possible, type of terrain, number of animals, color, sex, and if animals are adults or juveniles.

To report a sighting, call (970) 255-6100; Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900; Gunnison, (970) 641-7060; Montrose, (970) 252-6000; Durango, (970) 247-0855.

Memorial fund set up in memory of Gotwald

A memorial fund has been established at Bank of the West in memory of Kenny Gotwald. Proceeds from the fund will benefit Gotwald's children, Rachel and Mikie.

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