Briefs for Jan. 5

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Police cited a Dinosaur man for an unsafe lane change after the car he was driving collided with a school bus in the 400 block of Fourth Street.

Richard Blakley was driving east on Fourth Street at about 3:15 p.m. when he tried to change lanes, Craig police officers said.

Blakley apparently didn't see the school bus and collided with it, said Craig police spokesman Lt. John Forgay.

Blakley suffered minor injuries, Forgay said.

None of the 36 passengers on the bus was injured, Forgay said.

Craig Red Dogs to host hockey tournament

The Craig Red Dogs hockey team will host tournaments Friday and Saturday at the Loudy-Simpson Ice Arena.

The event includes a barbecue Friday evening, hosted by the Craig Puck Ewes hockey team. Beverages are free and a donation for the food is encouraged.

Eight teams will compete Friday and Saturday for the tournament title. Games begin after the barbecue Friday and at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Social Services to

distribute free food

The Moffat County Social Ser----vices Department will distrib--ute free food from the U.S. Depart--ment of Agriculture next week.

The department will distribute USDA commodities throughout the county on Jan. 10 and 11.

The first distribution is from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Maybell Community Center.

Social Services will distribute items in Craig from 9 to 11 a.m. on Jan. 11 at the Social Services office, 595 Breeze St.

Social Services will distribute food in Dinosaur from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Dinosaur Social Services building.

To receive the free food, households must meet USDA income requirements.

Anyone who thinks they might qualify for the service should contact Pam Hurd at the Social Services Office, 824-8282.

Households should contact Social Services before Jan. 10.

Calling all talent: Tryouts set for concert

The Craig Concert Asso--ciation will have tryouts for all musicians, singers and dancers who want to perform in the Local Talent Concert.

The tryouts are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Moffat County High School Auditorium.

Anyone who can't make the tryouts can submit a tape or CD of their audition.

The Local Talent Concert will be 2 p.m. March 12, also at the high school's auditorium. Call Jim Simpson at 824-4138.

Utility payment

assistance available

Low-income residents can qualify for assistance with their utility payments through the Low-income Energy Assistance Program, available through the Moffat County Department of Social Services.

The program assists residents in paying their natural gas bills from November through April.

"It's not meant to cover the full cost of heat in any situation," department spokeswoman Laura Willems said. "It's meant to supplement."

To be eligible, a family's household income must not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The maximum monthly income for a household of one is $1,435, for two is $1,926 and for three is $2,416.

Applications are available at the Moffat County Department of Social Services or online at www.cdhs.state.co.us.com. Call 824-8282 for more information.

Atmos Energy encourages customers to sign up for budget billing, in which a person pays an average rate so there bill each month doesn't change.

Customers can call (888) 442-1313 or enroll online at www.atmosenergy.com.

The Community Budget Center also offers assistance on a one-time, emergency-only basis. Call 824-7898.

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