Briefs for Dec. 8

Anyone interested in joining an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis support group is asked to call Carol Gordon of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Asso--ciation at 870-3232.

The monthly support group is for people with ALS or caregivers of people with ALS.

High school choir

offers Christmas grams

For a small fee, Craig residents may send some holiday cheer to friends or family and help out the Moffat County High School choir.

The choir is offering Christmas grams this holiday season. For $10, a small ensemble will sing three Christmas carols, serve a holiday treat and take a picture with recipients of the Christmas grams.

Delivery of the Christmas grams are set for 3:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19.

Christmas grams must be reserved by Dec. 14. To reserve a Christmas gram, call Julie Rustand at 824-7036, ext. 7130.

Christmas nativity sets

on display this week

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will again present a collection of nativity sets this week.

"(We do this) just to celebrate the season with the community, just to join with the community in worship of our savior," said Coleen Fenton, who organizes the nativity set show.

The display will be open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

This is the third year for the display, and this year's exhibit includes an extra day of viewing, Fenton said.

There is no charge to visit the exhibit. Fenton asks visitors to use the north door at the church, 1295 W. Ninth St.

Last year's exhibit includes 170 nativity sets, including a hand-crocheted one from Indonesia, and a puzzle from the 1800s passed down through generations.

DOW announces

winter closures

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has closed or will soon close gates at several Northwest Colorado properties to protect wintering wildlife.

These annual closures are designed to reduce stress on animals by keeping people and vehicles out of state wildlife areas when animals are most vulnerable.

"The winter months in Colorado can be extremely tough for wildlife," said Area Wildlife Manager Bill deVergie, who oversees the Meeker and Craig areas. "Animals need to devote all of their energy during the winter to gathering scarce food supplies."

In the Craig and Meeker areas, residents should be aware of and honor the following winter closures:

Oak Ridge State Wildlife Area -- closed to all activity Dec. 1 to July 15

Jensen State Wildlife Area -- closed to all activity Jan. 1 to July 15

Bitter Brush State Wildlife Area -- closed to all activity Jan. 15 to April 30

For more information about State Wildlife Areas, visit www.wildlife.state.co.us/landwater/statewildlifeareas or call the Meeker DOW at 878-6090.

City: Illegal to serve alcohol without permit

As the holidays approach, city of Steamboat Springs officials want to remind businesses that it is illegal to serve alcohol to the public without a permit during special parties or events.

City Clerk Julie Jordan said businesses that do not have liquor licenses are not allowed to serve any alcohol to the public. Businesses can serve alcohol without a permit at private events or parties.

"Although serving wine or spirits during a holiday sale or promotional event provides festive ambience, without a license or nonprofit permit, it is against the law," she said.

Serving alcohol at a public, catered event also is illegal because there is no such thing as a "catering license" in Colorado, Jordan said.

For more information, call Jordan at 871-8231.

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