News briefs for March 11

A rally in support of the Co-op miners from Price, Utah, is Saturday at the United Mine Workers Union Hall, 525 E. 100 South, in Price.
The miners have enjoyed the support of fellow coal miners from Northwest Colorado. The Co-op miners have fought to ratify their votes to get union representation.
Saturday's event includes a Mexican meal, speakers and a fund-raising raffle. For more information about the Craig group that will travel to the rally, call Isidro Quezada at 824-8384.

Craig Elks sponsoring Crazy Bowl for youths
The Craig Elks are sponsoring Crazy Bowl for youths ages 14 to 18 on Sunday at Craig Lanes from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be door prizes. The bowling and shoe rentals are paid for by the Elks. Youths must buy their own refreshments. This is a smoke free, alcohol free event. Call Robin at 824-0323.

Lettuce Feed You Luncheon set for April 1
The 20th annual Lettuce Feed You Luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at the Elks Hall on Victory Way and sponsored by the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association. Tickets are $7 and my be purchased from any member or at American Northwest Realty.

MCHS driver education class starts March 22
A driver education class will be offered at Moffat County High School starting March 22. The students mustbe 15 years old by June 1. Class starts is 6 p.m. and will meet in room 310. Call the high school at 824-7036 to sign up for the class or show up at the first class to register. Call Craig Mortensen for more information.

Tryouts for Cutthroats baseball begins March 21
Baseball tryouts for the Colorado Cutthroats traveling youth baseball team begins the week of March 21. Craig and Hayden boys age 11 and younger as of Aug. 1, 2005, are eligible. This is a traveling team. Call Mark at 824-2522 or Tim at 276-3443 for details.

St. Michael's fish fry
is today at 4:30 p.m.
St. Michael's Catholic Church is hosting a fish fry Friday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The menu includes beer-battered fried fish or oven-baked fish in lemon pepper, french fries, homemade hush puppies, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and warm bread pudding with maple syrup. Tickets are $9 for adults; $4 for children 5 to 10, and children younger than 5 are free. Call ahead at 824-5330 for takeout orders.

Boys & Girls Club open during Spring Break
The Boys & Girls Club will be open during Spring Break from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. No transportation will be provided. Snacks will be served, but children should bring a sack lunch if they plan to stay all day. Members are free, and nonmembers pay $10 a day. Call 826-0411.

Auto racing group
meets Saturday in Craig
The Yampa Valley Auto Racing Association will meet at 5 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Restaurant. All members are encouraged to attend, and those interested in the association are invited to participate. Call Jaceson VanGrandt at 826-1652 for more information.

RAD receives $10,000 Daniels Fund grant
The RAD After-School program received a $10,000 Daniels Fund grant for after-school programs. The Recreational After-School Doorway is a safe place where area youths in grades fifth through eighth can go after school to participate in activities that help develop the assets needed to become responsible members of the community. Call RAD at 826-0199.

Apply now for Grassland Reserve Program
The deadline to apply for the Natural Resources Conservation Service's FY 2005 Grassland Reserve Program is March 25. The Grassland Reserve Program helps landowners protect grasslands and rangeland while maintaining the areas as grazing lands. Call the local NRCS office at the USDA offices, 356 Ranney St., in Craig or call the office at 824 3476.

The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts as a fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at Kmart. Advance reservations are $7 per dozen, or donuts are $8 per dozen if not pre-ordered.
Pickup is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, March 12 at the west entrance of the Centennial Mall. Contact Mel Shockley at 824-3085, Sharon Bond at 824-2398 or any American Legion member.

A free children's health fair sponsored by the Moffat County School District Child Find Team and Early Childhood Center will be held Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1 at the EDC, 775 Yampa Ave. The developmental screening is for children birth to five years old and includes speech, cognitive and motor skills, hearing, vision and dental. The Lion's Club will conduct vision screenings and a nurse will be available to review immunization records. Appointments are necessary. Call Sarah Hepworth at 824-7457 for more information or to make an appointment.



The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in Yampa Valley Electric Association community room, 32 10th St., in Steamboat Springs. The purpose of the meeting is to take public comment on Qwest's proposal to deregulate most retail telephone services.



The Moffat County Healthy People 2010 initiative invites persons interested in preparing more healthful meals at home to participate in the Healthy Lunch program on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 from noon to 1 p.m. at the CSU Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. Participants will help prepare eight quick and nutritious recipes, receive a recipe booklet, and learn more about nutritious eating. Pre-register by calling 824-9180 by March 7. Cost is $2 per person.



Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Day's is coming back to the region for the first time in four years. This year's event will be held Sept. 11 through 13 at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby. This is a rare opportunity for nonprofit leaders from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties to meet with Colorado funders to learn more about each other, build relationships and explore funding opportunities.
To participate in an important survey that will help tailor the events to best meet the needs of our communities, the steering committee is asking all non profit leaders to visit the web site at www.survcyco.org/rpd.htm. The deadline for completion is March 13. All survey participants will be entered to win one of two subscriptions (online or hard copy) to the 2005 Colorado Grants Guide -- the most up-to-date fund-raising tool for Colorado nonprofits.
Registration begins in April for more information call Nicole at 970 857 9838 and watch www.grantfoundation.com in the coming months.


FBI ALERTS PUBLIC TO RECENT E-MAIL SCHEME
E-mails purporting to come from FBI are phony


The FBI is warning the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users receive unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI.
These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI's Internet Fraud Complaint Center and that they have accessed illegal web sites. The e-mails then direct recipients to open an attachment and answer questions. The attachments contain a computer virus.
These e-mails did not come from the FBI. Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner.
Opening e-mail attachments from an unknown sender is a risky and
dangerous endeavor as such attachments frequently contain viruses that can infect the recipient's computer. The FBI strongly encourages computer users not to open such attachments.
The FBI takes this matter seriously and is investigating. Users receiving emails of this nature are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via http://www.ic3.gov.



The Moffat County American Legion Post 62 is selling Krispy Kreme Donuts as a fundraiser on Sat. March 5, 2005 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at Kmart. The advance sales price is $7 per dozen.
If you buy donuts on delivery day, the cost is $8 a dozen.
Pickup is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 12 at the west entrance on the Centennial Mall. Contact Mel Shockley at 824-3085, Sharon Bond at 824-2398 or any American Legion member.

The Colorado Master Farm Homemakers Guild plans to award a scholarship this year for $500. Applicants must be female, a homemaker, a Colorado resident with agricultural background and previously not able to finish their education. Applicants may attend either a college or trade school or a post-secondary education institution to resume her education.
Applications are available from any college financial aid offices or writing to:
Colorado Masters Farm Homemakers Guild
Attn. Scholarship Chairman
Connie Newbanks
17225 County Road 44
Eckley, CO. 80727
Applications must include the following: Names of references, a biographical statement, work history, community involvement, future goals and a statement why she feels the scholarship should be awarded to her. All applications must include a return address. Completed application must be postmarked by April 15. Announcement of the winner will be made early May. The recipient may apply in subsequent years. The scholarship will be publicized through colleges and newpapers. The Colorado Master Farm Homemakers Guild will make the final decision. The Guild also reserves the right not to award the scholarship any year.
For more information call 970 359 2299.


Craig Head Start is hopping to help others during the week of Feb. 28th through the March 4 to raise money for muscular Dystrophy (MDA). The MDA Hop-o-thon program is designed to teach young children about disabilities that other children and adults have. The program is also intended to build awareness, and teach acceptance. It is the only fundraising program that is approved by the National Child Care Association.
Craig parents and community member are encouraged to pledge money for each hop the child completes in two minutes. Monies collected go directly to MDA.



Donations are being requested for the Grace St. Louis Scholarship Fund, which is to support a student who has graduated from the Little Snake River Donations are being requested for the Grace St. Louis Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is for a student who has graduated from the Little Snake River Valley High School and has completed at least one year in college. The school must be a nationally accredited educational institution, and students must be pursuing at least an associate degree. Donations may be sent to the Grace St. Louis Scholarship Fund c/o The Rawlins National Bank, P.O. Box 100, Rawlins, WY 82301. For applications, contact Shirley Schultz at 855 Cottonwood Court, Lincoln, CA. 95648.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will be sponsoring a Hunter Education Class for Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18 until 9 p.m. Class will be held at Craig Campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College, Room 201. You must attend all classes to receive your hunter education card. To pre-register call 824-3046 or 272-3238.



The Safe2Tell Program, launched in Colorado September of 2004, is now available for students, teachers and other residents. Safe2Tell is a crime stoppers program primarily for K-12 student to report crime anonymously. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the Colorado State Patrol communications cent in Denver. The phone number is 7-877-542-SAFE. The also have a web site www.safe2tell.org.

Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado will meet at the Meeker Town Hall, 345 Market St. on March 10th from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Project and committee reports include: coal issues, oil shale, energy impact, enterprise zones and economic development.



The Craig Section of the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Coalition will meet on Wednesday from 9-11a.m. at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in the basement.
The purpose of the meeting to finalize the details of Craig's assets that encompass cultural and heritage themes. Craig is part of a 10-community team that is focusing on regional tourism. Anyone who is interested can attend.
This meeting will help the group solidify a 15-minute presentation that the other communities will hear during a regional meeting that is set for Friday, March 11, which will also be held at Craig's Museum of Northwest Colorado from 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. Each community will present its "story" in the morning and then Amy Webb, a Cultural Heritage Tourism (CHT) consultant with the National Trust, will share how other communities have organized themselves and their CHT programs.
For further information about either meeting, please contact Steve Miller of the Moffat County Tourism Association at 824-2335 or moffattourism@nctelecom.net.

U.S.D.A Commodities will be distributed by the Moffat County Department of Social Services from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on March 9 at 595 Breeze St. and from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. in Dinosaur at the Social Service Building. Commodities will also be distributed from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on March 8 at the Maybell Community Center. All households that receive commodities must certify each year. A picture I.D., proof of address and current eligibility is required. Call Moffat County Social Services at 824-8282.

MCHS mass production class students are taking orders for all purpose chairs. The cost is $39.99. The chairs come in either black or burgundy. Each order requires a $10 deposit. Chairs will be delivered on or before May 16, 2005. Those interested should leave their name and phone number at MCHS, 824-7036, and a student will contact you.

The Secretary of State will soon be discontinuing the 99 cent introductory processing fee charged for most Web-enabled transactions for business organization documents. However, the office will continue to charge significantly lower processing fees for customers that use the electronic options offer on the Web site. Searching the business database, viewing and printing images, obtaining certificates of good standing will remain free of charge.

The Jackson County Fair board is hosting a fund-raising Poker Run at Peak Ranch, 22 miles north of Kremmling, on March 5. Registration is between 10 a.m. and noon. The cost is $10 per hand or five hands for $40. Call (970) 725-3283 or (970) 724-3241.


New hunting regulations available

Hunting regulations for 2005 are now available at license agents and at Division of Wildlife (DOW) offices. Those who applied for big game licenses in Colorado last year should receive a copy in the mail.
The most significant changes to the regulations for 2005 is all elk tags for the fourth combined season are by draw only. For the past two years hunter could purchase over-the-counter tags.
The deadline for all big game applications is April 5. Nonresidents interested in big game hunting during 2005 can get a copy of the regulations online by going to the DOW website at www.wildlife.state.co.us or by calling 303-297-1192.
Hunters can also apply for and purchase big game licenses over the Internet. Hunters can learn more about applying over the Internet by visiting www.wildlife.state.co.us/total_licensing/.
There are several other new regulations that hunters should be aware of in 2005, including some important changes to the bear hunting regulations. For a list and explanation of the changes in regulations for 2005, please read the, "What's new for 2005" section located on page one of the big game regulations brochure. For more news about DOW go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.


The choirs of East, Ridgeview, and Sunset elementary schools will perform in a combined concert on Tuesday, March 1 at the Craig Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Gail Petch and Stacy Nozot are the accompanists along with guitarists Gail Petch, Bill Ronis and Jim Vorhies and Brad Petch on the banjo. Some of the songs to be performed are "Music of My Heart," "Down by the River Side" and "This Land is Your Land."





For the first time, the entire Moffat County budget can be accessed online. Go to the county Web site at www.co.moffat.co.us and choose "administration." County officials believe this will give citizens the opportunity to look at the budget and help reduce the cost for hard copies.

Moffat County Partners is collecting donations for a winter yard sale planned for March. Donations support youth mentoring and alternative recreation. Donate your sellable items (no large appliances or tires) to Moffat County Partners Winter Yard Sale. All proceeds directly support youth activities and are tax deductible. For drop-off information, call Melia Bisbee 826-4261

The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun to install a Deer Warning System along U.S. Highway 40 east of Craig. The specialized reflectors help prevent deer and elk from crossing the highway when vehicles are present. When the posts are hit by light, they send a perpendicular beam across the highway that should discourage wildlife from crossing. The pilot project cost $148,000 and should be completed this week with five to ten minutes delays. CDOT will monitor the results closely.

The Moffat County High School Class of 1955 is making plans for a 50th reunion in August 2005. Contact information for a few classmates is needed. Send contact information for Jack Dowling, Alva Hamilton, Larry Hargrove, Nancy Rutherford Pieper (Mrs. Jack), Tony Trujillo and Catherine Wyatt to: B.J. Mather, 2220 N. W. 46th St. Gainesville, FL .32605 or phone 352-376-1344 or e-mail bj_mather55@yahoo.com.

The Craig Rotary Club is seeking applicants for the 2006-2007 Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. It is awarded for one academic year of study abroad. The program increases awareness of and respect for cultural diversity and instills the Rotary ideal of "Service Above Self".
Applicants must have completed at least two years of university or college course work or must have a secondary school education and have two years employment in a recognized vocation at the time the scholarship begins. Candidates are expected to be proficient in the language of the host country.
Rotarians and their children, grandchildren, and spouses are not eligible.
Completed applications must be received by March 15. For more information or an application contact Rich at 826-5173 or Samantha at 824-7031.

The Craig Girl Scouts will be selling cookies from booths in different locations around Craig. The monies from cookie sales goes to support the activities of each troop. For more information about cookies or Girl Scouts contact Becky at 824-2624.

The March 3 dinner of Northwest Colorado Energy Producers Association will be held at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse beginning with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Tom Hendricks, President and CEO of Calais Resources, Inc., the guest speaker, will do a presentation on the history of mining in Colorado. The cost is $26.50 per person. Please RSVP by Feb. 26 to Tonia Folks at 824-1574, fax-970-824-1598 or by e-mail at toniafolks@kennecottenergy.com.

The Forest Service issued a recall on new maps for the Routt National Forest that were sold in December and January. The revision contains some errors in land ownership. Those who purchased a blue map dated 2004 can exchange it for an older version or may exchange in for the corrected version when they become available. Anyone using this map should no rely on it for Colorado State Public Use land boundaries as some of them are incorrect. For more information contact Ann-Marie Verde at 307-745-2436.


The First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way, in Craig will present a series of sermons, "Jesus, Man of Passion," through Sunday, March 27.
The sermons are as follows:
• March 6 -- "Starting a Revolution"
• March 13 -- Guest speaker Dean Trune, "Passion of God"
• March 20, "The Heart of Revolutionary"
• March 27 --"Amazing Authority."
Services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. For more information about this series or the church call 824-6024.


The Craig District Board of Grazing Advisors will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 3 in the conference room of CSU Cooperative Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. For more information please contact John Raftopoulos at 824-2908.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced an additional $1.02 million in emergency funds for Colorado's Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
Each year LIEAP helps more than 4.5 million low-income families pay the cost of heating their homes in the winter or cooling cost in the summer.
To find out if you qualify for LIEAP assistance contact the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282.

The Craig Performing Arts Project has openings for eight musicians for the upcoming performance of their 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. For more information call 824-5116 between Tuesday and Saturday.

The Internal Revenue Service has a Web-based tool to help families determine if 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.

E-Bay workshop
offered March 3
A workshop on how to sell on e-Bay is being offered by Small Business Development Center in Craig at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.
Learn how to incorporate e-Bay into day-to-day business to encourage customers to buy locally. The workshop, instructed by an e-Bay certified instructor, includes using e-Bay 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. E-Bay has become a viable business since its start in 1995 and continues grow. The workshop will be held 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 kids Feb. 25 at the indoor arena at the Routt County Fairgrounds. Cost is $20 per child. Multiple child discounts are available. Emphasis will be on safety and proper riding technique. To register and reserve your ride time, please call Karen Montieth at 276-3088.



FirstCall 2-1-1 is now available on weekends
FirstCall, Northern Colorado's 2-1-1 Call Center, has expanded its hours of operation to include Saturday and Sunday, giving callers access to community information from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekend. Callers can also reach a FirstCall during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. FirstCall's database and services are also available online 24 hours a day at www.firstcall211.org.
FirstCall's mission is to enhance the lives of people in the region by providing timely, accurate and caring community resource information and referral to community members and non-profit organizations.
All calls are confidential and free of charge in Routt and Moffat Counties by simply dialing 211 (or 866-485-0211).

Alcoholic Anonymous lists schedule of meetings
Craig Group 1 of Alcoholics Anonymous is holding meetings at 50 S. Ranney St. The schedule: Sundays, 1 p.m., open AA meeting; Mondays, noon, Alanon; Mondays, 7 p.m., open AA men's meeting; Tuesdays, 8 p.m., closed AA meeting; Wednesdays, noon, open women's AA meeting; Wednesdays, 8 p.m., open meeting Big Book Study/Step Study; Thursdays, 8 p.m., AA open meeting; Fridays, 8 p.m., AA open meeting; Saturdays, 8 p.m., AA open meeting. The last Saturday of the month is an AA birthday meeting. Call 824-7320.

CDOT Transportation Plan Technical Reports now available
Fifteen technical reports that provide support documentation for Colorado's draft 2030 Statewide Transportation Plan, "Moving Colorado: Vision for the Future," are now available for public review and comment. The reports provide detailed information for the 2030 Statewide Transportation Plan and represent a comprehensive effort to develop a system-wide transportation vision for the state. Hard copies of the summary plan and CDs for the Corridor Visions and Technical Reports are available at the Craig Library, 570 Green St. Reports can also be viewed online at www.dot.state.co.us.

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