Area briefs for 12-11

Love Inc. is holding a gift basket silent auction fundraiser Dec. 17.

The themes for the gift baskets will range from children's gifts to adult and family baskets. Gift baskets can be found at several Craig and Hayden churches, where bids can be made. Church locations include:

First Christian Church at 960 W. Victory Way

St. Michael's Catholic Church at 678 School St.

Ridgeview Church of God at 690 Riford Road

St. Mark's Episcopal / Lutheran Church of Grace at 657 Green St.

First Congregational Church, UCC at 630 Green St.

Hayden Congregational Church at 202 E. Jefferson St., in Hayden

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church at 691 Green

First Baptist Church at 1150 W. Ninth St.

New Creation Church at the Centennial Mall

Calvary Baptist Church at 1050 Yampa Ave.

Other locations may be announced.

Monthly support group helps people with ALS

Anyone interested in joining an Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis support group is asked to call Carol Gordon of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Assoc-iation 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.

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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