News briefs for April 1


The Red Cross Chapter serving northern Colorado has announced that the American Red Cross has surpassed its fundraising needs for Tsunami Relief.
It is American Red Cross policy to release the information when the needed amount has been raised, in order to avoid oversubscription.
"We announced in late January that we believed there was enough money in the pipeline to meet the needs, and that has come true. We are now approaching $900,000 in gifts from northern Colorado alone," said Ken Williams, CEO of the local Chapter. Nationally, $475 million has been raised. He added that gifts have slowed for Tsunami relief, but they are still coming in.
The Tsunami fund may be completed, but there are other needs. Williams directs people who wish to support aid for disaster victims to consider a gift to the American Red Cross International Relief Fund for the recent Indonesian Earthquake, or the local Centennial Chapter Relief Fund.
"The local fund is depleted, and we respond to more than 75 disasters a year right here at home." He added that the needs for the recent earthquake victims in Indonesia are just becoming known, but they may be significant.
To make a gift, contact the local Chapter at 1-800-824-6615 or visit

Boys and Girls Club to celebrate grand opening
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig will celebrate a grand opening April 16. Call 826-0411.
The club recently announced the donation of a van from Donna Reishus. J.B. Chapman of Champman Automotive has agreed to donate the mechanic and maintenance work on the vehicle.

Registration open for eating well class
Registration is now being accepted for the Eating Well on $5 a Day class. The class is once a week and will start in mid-April and is open to anyone who would like to learn ways to eat healthier for less. The six-week class focuses on how to eat, and shop healthy, on $5 per day. This is a free class offered through the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office. To register call 824-9180.

Channel 9Health Fair will be held April 16
The Channel 9Health Fair is set for April 16 at Sunset Elementary from 8 a.m. until noon.
Blood draws, glucose finger stick, hearing and vision screenings. Pre-draw for senior citizens people 65 and older only will be April 14 at Sunset Meadows II in the morning.

Summer reading program begins June 13
"The Library is your Castle" 2005 Summer Reading Program at the Moffat County Libraries runs from June 13 to July 22. The program will feature dragons, dreams and daring deeds of all kinds. Participants can read books, magazines or listen to books on tape. The program will end with a Medieval Festival on Aug. 11.

Huck Finn Fun Day
is June 4 in Craig
Huck Finn Fun Day, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Ladies Auxiliary and the DOW, is June 4 at Loudy-Simpson Park. Registration is from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
The events include fishing pole and costume judging, safety and rules with Colorado Game and Fish and the Moffat County Sheriff's Office, and prize fishing for those 15 and younger. No license is required, and there is a limit of four fish.
The fishing poles for the contest must be homemade. The costumes must replicate Becky Thatcher and Hunk Finn.
Prizes will be awarded in divisions for ages 1 to 8 and 9 to 15.

Cardboard Classic is Saturday at ski area
The 25th annual SmartWool Cardboard Classic is Saturday at the headwall of the Steamboat Ski Area. Waiver forms, fact sheets and rules can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Information Center in Gondola Square.
Registration is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Judging begins at noon with the race afterward.
There is no entry fee, and trophies will be awarded for the most creative, the ugliest, best individual craft, potpourri and best reproductions of a person, place or thing.
Everyone who enters the race will be entered into a drawing for a Steamboat 2005-06 season ski pass.

Join steering committee for disc golf course
There will be a meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 6 at the CSU Corporative Extension office for anyone interested in becoming part of a steering committee to work on a disc (Frisbee) golf course at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The committee will help design and build the course with a target opening date of May 30. The group has received a $3000 Moffat County Healthy People for construction.
Call 824-9180 for more information.

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