Briefs for Jan. 24

The Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition received a $30,000 grant from HealthONE Alliance.

The coalition will use the money to operate its dental clinic, which provides free and reduced cost dental care for youth.

In its five months of full-time operation, the clinic scheduled 833 patient visits. It had a failed appointment rate of 9 percent and actually treated 775 patients.

The value of service given by Northwest Colorado Dental Care Clinic exceeded $185,000, of which $85,000 was from patient fees.

Coalition Director Debi Harmon estimates nine out of 10 children who visit the clinic have cavities. Eight of the 10 children need multiple appointments as a result of severe cavities, abscesses or gum disease, Harmon said.

Monument names new facility manager

Dinosaur National Monu--ment has hired Gary Mott to be its new facility manager.

Mott is responsible for all aspects of maintenance at the 210,000-acre National Park Service site, including roads, buildings, trails, utility systems and the recycling program.

Mott will supervise a permanent staff of nine workers, which swells to about 20 people in the summer.

Mott is a 27-year veteran of the National Park Service and has worked at Dinosaur as a maintenance supervisor for more than 10 years. Mott began his National Park Service career in 1978, when he took a job at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. After 13 years at Golden Gate, he moved on to Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota, where he worked for four years.

Mott transferred to Dinosaur in 1995. Mott lives in Vernal, Utah with his family.

Colorado Trout Unlimited offers camp

Colorado Trout Unlimited is accepting applications from Colorado students ages 14 to 18 for its inaugural River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp.

Students can get applications online at www.cotrout.org. They must submit the applications by March 30.

Colorado Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that works to conserve, protect and restore the state's coldwater fisheries.

The camp, which is from June 18 to 23 at the Ouray Ranch in Granby, Colo., is designed to educate students on the importance of coldwater conservation and provide hands-on fly-fishing instruction.

The River Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp is limited to 16 qualified students, who will be selected based on their qualifications and a written essay on why they would like to attend the camp.

To qualify, students must have been born between June 23, 1987 and June 18, 1992.

Camp classes include: principles of ecology, hydrogeology, aquatic vertebrate and invertebrate sampling, hydrology, trout behavior, trout stream entomology, the biology of pollution, acid deposition and politics of conservation and human effects on the Rocky Mountains.

In addition, the camp will include hands-on classes such as fly tying, fly casting, streamside ethics, angling literature, streamside botany, wader safety and survival, and the evolution of an angler. Finally, students attending the camp will be required to conduct an individual restoration or conservation project within a year of the camp's completion.

The cost to attend the six-day camp is $350.

For information or to download an application, visit www.cotrout.orgr contact Larry Quilling at 303-543-0939.

Wildflower proposed for threatened list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week proposed listing the Graham's beardtongue wildflower as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Graham's beardtongue is a rare wildflower found only on oil shale outcrops in the Uinta Basin of Utah and northeastern Colorado.

The Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are only 6,200 individual plants left.he plant first became an official candidate for Endangered Species Act protection in 1975.

Environmental groups from Colorado and Utah formally petitioned the service to protect Graham's beardtongue under the Act in 2002.The service did not list the species and the groups filed suit in 2003.

The Fish and Wildlife Service announcement last week was prompted by a court settlement reached in September.

The listing proposal announced last week also includes 3,500 acres of habitat for the wildflower, almost all of it in northeastern Utah.Most of this proposed habitat is found on Bureau of Land Management land.

This habitat includes the current surviving populations as well as habitat designed to allow for recovery.

Agriculture department offers home-repair loans

The United States Depart--ment 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 can not 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.

Residents should visit the Rural Development office in Craig or call P.J. Howe at 970 824-3476 ext. 111.

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