Briefs for Oct. 31

The Northwest Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Springs.

Agenda topics include field office updates, oil-shale update, RMP revisions from Glenwood Springs and Kremmling field offices, review of the Roan Plateau proposed plan and RAC appointments.

The Northwest RAC is one of three advisory councils to the BLM in Colorado and consists of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to represent a broad range of public interests. Call (970) 947-2800.

Wake-Up Craig

breakfast is today

The Craig Chamber of Commerce hosts the second of its revived quarterly Wake-Up Craig breakfasts from 6:47 to 7:47 a.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 419 E. Victory Way.

The host is Colorado Northwestern Community College. Representatives of the college will discuss its mill levy request on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Pioneer Natural Resources is the event's sponsor.

"You'll really get a picture of how they do what they do and what impact they have on the environment and the community," said Christina Currie, executive director of the Chamber.

The event is open to the public. The breakfast is $5.

Because the event is on Halloween, those who attend are welcome to dress in costume, but it is not required.

Donate pennies to CIS students and save a life

Craig Intermediate School students will trick or treat for UNICEF with hopes of providing children around the world with necessary things they don't have -- water, nutrition, immunizations and education.CIS students are asking residents to donate pennies to the cause. They ask that, when visiting homes on Halloween, residents leave a bowl of pennies by the door. The pennies will be placed inside orange boxes. Donation boxes are also available at local businesses.

VNA hosts free flu

vaccination clinic

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosing a free flu vaccination clinic Saturday at Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way.There is a limited amount of flu vaccine, so organizers advise those interested to arrive early. The clinic will be open at 8 a.m. and will close at noon or when organizers run out of flu vaccine.Call the VNA at 824-8233.

BLM reduces adoption fee for wild horses

The Bureau of Land Management's Colorado State Office announced today that it will offer mares that are at least 4 years old for adoption at a reduced fee of $25 each Nov. 3 and 17 at the Wild Horse Inmate Program in Canon City. Most of the mares have been exposed to stallions and are expected to be pregnant. The standard adoption fee for wild horses and burros is $125.

Although providing savings to potential adopters, the reduced adoption fee is aimed at moving more BLM-managed animals that are currently in holding facilities into good homes of private owners. The BLM's cost for maintaining wild horses and burros in short- and long-term holding facilities accounts for more than half of the agency's total wild horse and burro budget, which was about $37 million in fiscal year 2006.

Adopters will need to have a pre-approved adoption application and must make an appointment for these adoptions by calling the Royal Gorge Field office at (719) 269-8539.

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