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USDA offers home-repair loans

The United States Department of Agriculture-Rural Development now offers a 504 Home Repair Loan program for residents of Moffat County and surrounding areas.

The loans are available to low-income homeowners who need health and safety repairs to their homes that they could not otherwise afford.

The federal loans can be made up to $20,000, with a repayment term up to 20 years at a 1 percent interest rate.

In certain circumstances, there are emergency grants available to homeowners older than age 62.

Common repairs are window replacement, insulation, roof replacement/repair, new hot water heater/plumbing, furnace repair or replacement, handicap accessibility and some modernization.

The program is meant expel any health concerns or local code violations in the home so that it can be occupied safely.

The application process is simple.

Residents should visit the Rural Development office in Craig, 356 Ranney St., No.19 or, call P.J. Howe at 970 824-3476 ext. 111.

Rural Development also has initial homeownership loans, business/industry and community facilities programs available.

Kiwanis play tickets to go on sale Feb. 3

It's almost time to stand in line.

Tickets for the 60th anniversary of the Craig Kiwanis Play go on sale Feb. 3 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 419 E. Victory Way.

The doors at the VFW hall open at 5 p.m. Ticket sales begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets, which are $15 each or $180 a table, must be paid for in full at the time of the sale.

The play is famous for poking fun of everyone in town, and tickets always are in demand. Residents make it a party to stand in line all day for tickets.

The Kiwanis also will sell commemorative T-shirts. The T-shirts are $15 each.

Proceeds of the sale support the Kiwanis scholarship program.

Victim support program seeking volunteers

The Moffat County Victim Assistance Program of Advocates Crisis Support Services has openings for volunteers to serve as on-call victim advocates.

Volunteers work with area law enforcement and emergency personnel to provide assistance to victims and survivors of crime and trauma. Volunteers offer crisis intervention, emotional support, resources and referrals.

Volunteers are required to complete at least 20 hours of advocacy training, beginning in February.

Call Anngela Jenkins with the Moffat County Victim Assistance Program at 826-2329.

Free radon detection kits available

The American Lung Association of Colorado urges homeowners to having their home tested for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can enter through the soil or well water.

A limited number of free radon detection kits are available to Colorado homeowners.

Long-term exposure to radon is thought to cause 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year in the United States. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

In Colorado, between one-third and one-half of the homes have radon levels in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency recommended action level.

Because radon is not regulated in Colorado, it is up to owners to test their homes for the invisible, odorless gas. After leaving the kit in the home for a few days, the test kit is mailed to a laboratory for analysis and a report on radon levels will be sent back to the homeowner.

Homes found to have elevated radon concentrations can be repaired by a qualified radon mitigation contractor.

Repair options include sealing cracks in floors and walls, changing the flow of air into the building, and depressurization systems, which move radon away from the home to safely dissipate outdoors.

Homeowners can call (303) 388-4327 or visit www.lungcolorado.org beginning Monday to get a free testing kit.

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