News briefs for May 3

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Chamber accepting award nominations

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its 2006 Business of the Year and Sunshine awards, which will be presented during the Chamber's annual meeting Tuesday.

The Business of the Year award will go to a company that combines sharp business sense with catering to a small-town market.

To be eligible, a company must have been operating for at least two full years in the private sector. Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Business achievements (growth and expansion)
  • Management/employee relations
  • Innovations in product, marketing or service
  • Commitment to the community

The Sunshine Award is presented to a person who demonstrates an ongoing commitment to bettering the business community and quality of life in Moffat County. The recipient will be someone who goes above and beyond the commitment required by his or her job.

Nominations will be accepted in writing or via e-mail through Friday.

Include:

  • Name of business or person
  • Name of owner and manager (for business award only)
  • Reason for nomination (300 word limit)
  • Name of person nominating
  • Phone number for person nominating

Submit nominations to the Chamber, 360 E. Victory Way, or to director@craig-chamber.com. Call 824-5689 for information.

Tickets available for bull riding competition

The Grand Olde West Days Bull Riding Competition, a Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour event, hits Moffat County Fairgrounds Arena on May 27.

See the world's newest bull riding young-guns as they try to make their mark and gain earnings toward the PBR World Finals Qualifier standings.

The Professional Bull Riders Discovery Tour combines the toughest young bull riders with notoriously nasty bulls, with $4,000 up for grabs.

Tickets are available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, Neolithics and Under the Aspen Tree.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

For information about the Professional Bull Riders or the Discovery Tour, go to www.pbrnow.com.

Get up-to-date information about Craig's annual Memorial Day Weekend celebrationat www.grandoldewestdays.com.

Housing authority work session Tuesday

To all those interested in the strategic plan of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority may attend a joint public work session from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs.

A copy of the draft plan is available on the YVHA link at www.yampavalley.info. There is a direct link to the site in the current issues and events section.

Area agencies receive energy assistance funds

Energy Outreach Colorado is distributing $7,770 to five emergency assistance organizations in Colorado's northwestern communities to pay down energy bills.

Area agencies with energy assistance funding are the Community Budget Center and Independent Life Center in Craig, Lift-Up of Routt County in Steamboat Springs, Jackson County Department of Social Services in Walden and Winter Assistance Relief Management in Rangely.

With the end of winter, Energy Outreach is the only statewide organization with funding available to help residents manage home energy costs.

Since Oct. 1 agencies that distribute Energy Outreach funds have helped 5,913 households pay energy bills, a record high amount and 16 percent higher than last year during the same time.

Thanks to Colorado's mineral and energy severance taxes, additional Energy Outreach Colorado funding will be available to help needy residents this summer and fall.

"Because additional funding is available, we're very hopeful that anyone who is struggling to pay energy bills will seek assistance through the agencies we fund across the state," said Skip Arnold, executive director for Energy Outreach Colorado.

For information or to make a donation, go to the organization's Web site at www.energyoutreach.org.

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