Briefs for May 25

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United Way of America honored Xcel Energy last week as a Summit Award recipient, recognizing the company's commitment to the United Way and to community involvement.

The award is judged in four categories: employee community investment, corporate community investment, community leadership and employee community engagement. Summit Awards are presented to companies that excel in one or more areas.

"Xcel Energy has done an outstanding job promoting volunteerism among its employees, and the contributions they've made speak for themselves," said UWA President and CEO Brian A. Gallagher.

Corrie Scott, executive director of Moffat County United Way, said employees at Xcel's Hayden Station power plant make the power provider one of the top-five contributors to United Way locally.

Last year, contributions from Xcel and its employees totaled more than $25,000 in Moffat County, Scott said.

Xcel stands out from other companies because, in addition to donating money, the company encourages employees to be involved in their community, Scott said.

"I think that just says a lot for a company," Scott said.

Xcel Energy Chairman, President and CEO Dick Kelly said the award was a reflection of Xcel employees' efforts.

"I am very proud of our employees and retirees," Kelly said. "Their generosity never wavers, and they demonstrate it every day with their focus and commitment to our communities."

Girls to Women earns $5,000 state grant

The Women's Foundation of Colorado is working with local organizations to prove there's no limit to what a self-sufficient woman can achieve.

The women's foundation recently granted $5,000 to the Girls to Women, Women to Girls programs in Craig and Steamboat Springs. The programs educate eighth-grade girls on how to make smart choices in education, health and social environments.

Patti Askew, a group leader with the Craig Girls to Women, Women to Girls program, said the grant money would most likely be put toward a girls' career day and seminars next year that teach the importance of financial responsibility.

Gretchen McComb, president and chief executive officer of the Women's Foundation, said programs such as the Girls to Women, Women to Girls need to be supported. The WFCO is pleased to lend a hand, she said.

"We are about action, funding and driving the change that will allow the women and girls of Colorado to achieve self sufficiency," McComb said.

Since its founding in 1986, the women's foundation has invested more than $9 million and worked with more than 180 agencies in 75 Colorado communities to remove barriers and increase opportunities for women and girls.

City approves Elam

to work on streets

Craig City Council at Tuesday's meeting approved $280,000 for Elam Construction, the lowest bidder, to begin work on the city streets.

Streets being considered for overlay are:

Breeze Street between Sixth and 10th streets

Washington Street between Fourth Street to Victory Way

Ranney Street between Victory Way to Eighth Street

Washington Street between Third and Fourth streets

Barclay Street between 13th Street and Sandrock Drive

Barclay Street between Hill and Sandrock Drive

Taylor Street between 12th and 13th streets

12th Street between Barclay and Taylor streets

Country Club Drive between Texas Avenue and East Elementary School

Bellaire Street between Fourth Street and Victory Way

Lincoln Street between 12th and 13th streets

Clean-up yields tons

of appliances, tires

The weekend's "Craig Clean-up" campaign netted tons of used appliances and tires. City workers and volunteers spent Saturday and Sunday on the north end of Craig City Park, loading Dumpsters and unloading refrigerators.

By Sunday evening, workers had accepted for disposal 144 refrigerators, 151 other appliances such as washers, dryers and dishwashers and 94 miscellaneous items.

The crews also collected 3,881 tires during the two-day clean-up. There were 281 large tires and 3,600 small tires.

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