Briefs for Jan. 6

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Moffat County commissioners will discuss the community services block grant at their regular meeting Tuesday.

The state gives the $13,000 grant to local governments to spend on social service programs.

Laura Willems, self sufficiency manager for Moffat County Social Services, said the department will recommend that the commissioners use the money for the Social Services office in Dinosaur.

In 2005, commissioners used the grant money on the Dinosaur Social Services program.

Tuesday's hearing is open to the public. It starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Moffat County commissioners' chambers, 221 W. Victory Way.

Board training,

development available

The Community Resource Center in Meeker will host a day of nonprofit board development and volunteer engagement training from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St.

The morning session on "High-Impact Boards: Strategies for Effective Governance" will outline the legal and ethical obligations, roles and responsibilities of a board. The sessions will provide information on how to identify, recruit and guide new members and ways to encourage participation in fundraising efforts.

The afternoon session, "Creating a Culture of Volunteer Engagement," is designed for volunteer leaders, volunteer managers and employees who work with volunteers.

The fee to attend is $50, which includes professional trainers, materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Register online at: www.crcamerica.org/store/scripts/prodview.asp?idProduct=342. Call Jamie Morgan at (303) 623-1540 or (800) 516-6284.

County seeks volunteers for advisory boards

Moffat County commissioners need volunteers for the county's advisory boards.

Commissioners hope to fill the 27 seats on the eight boards by Jan. 17.

"Whether it's Planning and Zoning or the Land Use Board, we need people from a variety of backgrounds," Commissioner Tom Gray said.

There aren't any specific requirements to serve on the boards, Gray said.

But volunteers must be able to give their time to serve on the boards and have an interest in the board's subject, Gray said.

Most of the boards meet for a few hours once a month.

Anyone interested in volun--teering for one of the advisory boards can call the Moffat County commissioners at 824-5517.

State developing new process for livestock

The Colorado Department of Agriculture will unveil a new Web site in February that officials say will streamline livestock disease detection in Colorado.

The Web site will allow ranchers to register their livestock and livestock premises online.

Premises registration is the first step in the National Animal Identification System, which officials say will allow them to trace animals within 48 hours after disease has been detected. The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to make registration mandatory on Jan. 1, 2008.

"In Colorado, about 1,100 locations are registered," Wayne Cunningham, state veterinarian at the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "There are many benefits as well as added value for producers once the system is fully operational, so we would like them to be proactive and participate before the mandatory deadline."

The old Web site used to register premises, www.livestocktrust.com, is no longer available to handle registrations. Livestock owners who would like to register their premises before the new Web site is launched in February will need to complete a form, which will later be entered online.

The form requires information such as the designated U.S. Postal Service address. If a producer has multiple sites, they should contact the Department of Agriculture to learn about the specific premises guidelines, because each ranch and production system is unique.

Ranchers can get forms by contacting the Division of Animal Industry at (303) 239-4161.

For more information, visit the department on the Web at www.usda.gov/nais or contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4161.

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