Gov. Bill Owens announced the appointment Monday of attorney Sandra H. Gardner, of Craig, to the Moffat County bench in the 14th Judicial District.
The appointment is effective Jan. 9, 2007. Gardner, who has maintained a private practice in Craig since 2001 and also has practiced in Steamboat Springs, will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of veteran judge Mary Lynne James.
James is retiring after 22 years on the bench.
"Sandra Gardner has the necessary legal experience and temperament to serve as Moffat County Court judge," Owens said in a press release. "She has been an asset to the local legal community, and will be a strong addition to the Fourteenth Judicial District Bench."
The initial term for a county court judge is a provisional two-year term. After that, the incumbent must stand for retention to serve another four years.
Gardner worked for Oliphant and Associates, and Oliphant Hammond and O'Hara from 1991 to 1995. She established and conducted the Routt County Pro Se Clinic from the mid-1990s through 2003 and conducted the Moffat County Pro Se Clinic since 2004.
She is president of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association and was a mentor for youth in Moffat County Partners.
Art market set
for Sept. 30
A farmers and art market is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum, three miles east of Craig on U.S. Highway 40.
Features include baked goods, gifts, food, produce and kids' games. The museum crafters gift shop will be open with handmade local crafts.
Guests may also visit Clyde the elk and the rest of the museum to learn about local history.
Humane Society seeks drivers for pets
The Humane Society of Moffat County is seeking drivers to transport animals from the Craig Shelter to other shelters once their time expires locally.
Travel crates are provided and mileage is paid to cover fuel costs.
To help transport shelter pets, call 870-7500 and leave a message.
Free camping offered at national forests
To celebrate National Public Lands Day, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests will offer free use of picnic areas, campgrounds and trailheads (where fees are normally charged) on Sept. 30.
National Public Lands Day is intended to encourage visitation of the nation's national forest and grasslands as well as lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Some campgrounds at higher elevations will already be closed for the winter.
Call the Ranger District Office to check on availability, or visit the forest Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/mbr.