News briefs for Jan. 16

Youth soccer league registration starting

The spring soccer season is fast approaching. The Craig Youth Soccer Association has made some changes for the spring. Registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Jan. 25 at Craig Middle School.

There also will be registration at Centennial Mall on Saturday. The fees are $70 for registration and $30 for uniforms. Participants will keep their uniforms and will be able to reuse them. There is a discount for families registering more than one child.

Parents or guardians must have copies of the participants' birth certificates (even for those who have registered before) and pictures of their children. Payment is due upon registration.

The deadline for registration is Jan 30. The group won't accept late registration.

Families who need assistance with registration fees should call Cathy Copeland at 826-4683.

For information, call La Shanna Cox at 826-2827 or e-mail coxnailman1@msn.com.

Horizons looking for ski volunteers

Horizons Specialized Services is seeking volunteers from Craig to teach its clients how to ski, snowboard and snowshoe.

The nonprofit organization serves people with developmental disabilities and mental retardation in Northwest Colorado.

Volunteers who spend seven Saturday afternoons skiing or snowboarding with Horizons clients will receive free lift tickets from Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Volunteers who spend eight Thursday afternoons cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with a Horizons client will receive free trail passes from the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

To register as a volunteer, call the Horizons volunteer coordinator at 879-4466, ext. 116.

Sweet Adelines teams up for performances

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a four-part all-female a cappella group, and the Craig Performing Arts Project will perform "Way, Way Off Broadway," a musical melodrama, on Feb. 4.

A silent auction will precede the performances, which are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children younger than 12.

Tickets are available through members of Sweet Adelines and Craig Performing Arts Project and at Jackson's Office Supply in Meeker. Tickets also are available at the door.

For information about the show, call Sweet Adelines director Denise Whitney at 824-8326.

Council donates $2,000 for meth prevention

The Craig City Council voted last week to contribute $2,000 to Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse.

The group's chairwoman, Annette Gianinetti, requested the funds as a match to a $5,000 grant.

The group plans to use the funds to work on drug policies for employers and continue drug prevention campaigns, Gianinetti said.

"We want to help the community be more aware and educated about what we can do for them," she said.

Mayor Don Jones said the council had decided not to appropriate funds to groups after the budget was set, but he said an exception could be made in COMA's case.

Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse requested $2,000 in 2004 but never billed the city for the contribution. Councilor Bill Johnston said the council was filling a prior commitment, not a new appropriation.

Other council members said they thought the request was not like that from other groups.

"This is a bona fide emergency in my mind," Councilor Terry Carwile said. "This is not necessarily a charity, it's another element in a broad fight."

Animal Control to host pet and license clinic

The city of Craig Animal Control Department will host its annual pet vaccination and license clinic Jan. 28 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The clinic is from 1 to 4 p.m. in the building under the fairgrounds grandstand.

Pet owners are required by law to have their animals vaccinated for rabies. At the fair, McCandless Animal Hospital will give rabies vaccinations for $22.

For information, call the Craig Police Department at 826-2360.

The Humane Society also will collect pet food and supplies at the clinic.

Shell representative to speak at luncheon

Jill Davis, a public affairs representative from Shell Oil Co., will be the guest speaker at the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Davis will discuss Shell Oil's Mahogany Oil Project in Rio Blanco County, where the company is working to extract oil shale.

Oil shale has had boom and bust cycles in Northwest Colorado.

The luncheon is at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

The Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership typically meets the third Wednesday of each month but will meet Tuesday to accommodate Davis' schedule.

For information, call the partnership's director, Tim Gibbs, at 826-2039.

State Patrol Youth Academy set for June

The Colorado State Patrol will offer its annual State Patrol Youth Academy from June 11 to 17.

The free academy in Golden offers participants ages 16 and older hands-on experience and insight about what a state trooper's jobs and skills require.

Courses at the academy include team-building, defensive driving, law-enforcement driving, firearms safety and police communication.

Applicants must meet a variety of requirements before they are accepted into the program.

For a list of requirements, or for more information, call Capt. Brett Williams at 826-1302 or stop by the Craig State Patrol Office, 800 W. First St.

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