Briefs for Dec. 20

EnCana grants scholarships to three CNCC students

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EnCana Oil and Gas (USA) Inc. awarded three students scholarships for the Colorado Northwestern Community College natural resource program for the 2006-07 academic year.

Tad Moss, Jason Plummer and Jessica Ligrani were chosen to each receive $2,000 for 2006-07.

The primary goal of the fund is to assist those persons who have demonstrated the desire, ability and determination to complete an academic program in the natural resource department at CNCC.

Moss is a freshman majoring in GIS technology applications. Plummer is a freshman majoring in petroleum process technology. Ligrani is a sophomore majoring in natural resource management.

"We are pleased to be able to assist these students in their education. They are part of an important future workforce that will help meet the nation's energy needs," said Doug Hock, spokesperson for EnCana.

The scholarship will provide $2,000 per year toward full-time tuition, fees, room and board. The grants are renewable for a second year upon successful completion of not less than 30 credit hours with a grade point average of at least 3.0. Ligrani received an EnCana Scholarship last year and was able to renew it for 2006-07.

4-H group donates to Humane Society

The 4-H group, the K-9 4H Dog Club, spent Saturday at Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply wrapping presents as a fundraiser, in which the group made $143.78.

The 4-H club donated the money to the local Humane Society of Moffat County on Tuesday.

Chamber sells $250,000 in spree dollars

The Craig Chamber of Commerce has sold nearly $250,000 in spree dollars this year, which Executive Director Christina Currie said could be a record number.

"It's great," Currie said. "It's certainly a good thing for our mission of encouraging people to shop local."

The total sales include $157,000 purchased by Peabody Energy to be used as safety incentives for Twentymile Coal Co. employees.

Currie said the spree dollars sold this year bring in $5,000 in tax revenue for the City of Craig.

"It's really just a great way to keep dollars local, and it's working," Currie said.

Spree dollars are gift certificates that can be used at any Craig business.

The Chamber sponsors the program and covers the costs of running it, Currie said.

Currie said the Chamber will no longer print $100 certificates to make the certificates easier to spend.

The Chamber is also asking Moffat County High School marketing students to redesign some of its tourism brochures for activities such as fishing, hiking and biking.

Currie said the Chamber will try and secure state grant funds to print the designs of any brochures that impress board members.

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