News briefs for Sept. 28

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A vandal or vandals have struck again, taking an arm touting a rifle off of wooden carving outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 in Craig.

Carla Young of the VFW said the incident probably happened Sunday night, and members question whether culprits had political motives in breaking off a rifle on a wood carving of the statue depicting a minuteman. The incident marks the second time the statue was vandalized, after both its arms were broken off in July.

"You don't know if it's a political thing or if it's just kids," Young said. "It's just sad isn't it?"

VFW members reattached the statue's arms after they were discovered missing.

Post Commissioner Bud Nelson has said that the VFW worked for two years to get the carved statue and was chosen for what it symbolized.

Animal calendar winners announced

Community members visited the Humane Society of Moffat County's booth at the Golden Leaf on Saturday and voted for their favorite entries in the Pet Mates Calendar Contest by placing money in each of their jars.

The 12 Pet Mates winners are:

1. Missy, owned by Ken and Kathie Johnson;

2. Molly, owned by Jim and Kristi Hankins;

3. Lucy, owned by Lynn and Toni Lyons;

4. Zee, owned by Cayla Maneotis;

5. Jack Daniels, owned by Ann and Darrel Irvin;

6. Abbie, Boscoe and Fergee, owned Bruce Gregg, David Morris and Brett Sperl;

7. Frederick, owned by Ashley King;

8. Tasha, owned by Pam Colangelo;

9. Little Guy, owned by the Bagley family;

10. Peaches, owned by Matthew Cassidy;

11. Maggie Mae, owned by Sharon Lausin; and

12. Angel, owned by Annie Stehlin.

Those who entered the contest may pick up prints and CDs at the Craig Daily Press, 446 Yampa Ave.

Entries sought for homecoming parade

All Craig businesses and organizations that would like to show their support of Moffat County High School during homecoming are invited to enter the homecoming parade to be held Oct. 7. Call Susie Lord at 824-7036 for more information or to register.

Sandwash Basin horse adoption Saturday

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office will gather about 220 horses the last week of September from the Sandwash Basin Herd Management Area located 31 miles west of Craig and 20 miles northwest of Maybell.

The natural growth of the herd, combined with the area's ongoing drought, is affecting resources, and BLM monitoring confirmed a need for the gather.

Dave and Sue Cattoor of Cattoor Livestock, longtime BLM contractors specializing in wild horse gathers, were awarded the contract to conduct the gather.

Volunteers and BLM staff will assist with the gather and subsequent adoption. Public access will be temporarily restricted in the area during gather operations.

About 50 horses will be available for adoption from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sand Wash Corrals, located off Moffat County Road 67. Registration and viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

This is a competitive silent bid adoption with a minimum bid of $125 per animal. Loading will begin at about 1 p.m.

BLM requires applicants be at least 18 years old and able to provide the adopted animal with a six-foot corral at least 400-square feet in size, constructed of pole, pipe or plank. A shelter for protection from severe weather is also required.

Call Valerie Dobrich at 878-3839.

River Basin Partnership meeting

Yampa River Basin Partnership's annual meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Yampa River State Park headquarters.

The keynote address is "Our Yampa River." The event will include updates about the Elkhead Reservoir Expansion Project, the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish River Recovery Program, the Northwest Colorado Stewardship Program and the Bureau of Land Management Resource Management Plan.

Eric Hecox and Frank McNulty of the Department of Natural Resources are scheduled to speak. Call 824-8233.

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