Craig briefs for Dec. 5

Sunshine laws forum Monday

— A forum to discuss the Sunshine laws - open meetings - is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the Moffat County School District Administration building's boardroom.

Attorneys from the city, county and the Colorado Press Association will present subject matter with a question and answer session to follow. Lunch is provided. RSVP by calling Daily Press editor Jerry Raehal at 824-7031 or emailing editor@craigdailypress.com.

Christmas tree fundraiser

The Craig Lion's Club annual Christmas tree sale is from 3 to 8 p.m. each day in the parking lot of Kmart, west of McDonalds. Proceeds go toward scholarships. Prices range from $30 to $70, with three sizes ranging from 5 to 10-foot trees.

Tobacco-free quit kits available

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Craig at 745 Russell St. and in Steamboat Springs at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows tobacco users are seven times more likely to end the tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if they try to quit on their own.

Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $100 value. Nicotine gum is also available.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

Moffat County named in disaster declaration

Moffat County has been named as a contiguous county to one or more counties in Wyoming in the Secretarial Natural Disaster Determination, the Moffat County USDA Farm Service Agency reported.

The disaster declaration was due to losses caused by drought that occurred from Jan. 1 and on.

As a result of the declaration, Moffat County is eligible for federal disaster assistance, which includes Farm Service Agency emergency loans for eligible family farmers. Family-sized farm operations in eligible counties may quality for low-interest emergency loans from the FSA, provided certain requirements are met.

Emergency loan applications will be accepted through July 7, 2008. Applications may be picked up at the Farm Service Agency in Steamboat Springs, 1475 Pine Grove Road.

For more information, call 970-879-3225.

Caring for Colorado awards CNCC grant

The Caring for Colorado Foundation recently announced it has awarded a $26,105 grant to the Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation. The money will be used to pay for dental hygiene services for children and low-income seniors in Northwest Colorado.

"Caring for Colorado is committed to addressing oral health needs in Colorado communities where access to care is the most limited," organization President Chris Wiant said in a press release.

The grant is one of 15 totaling $1 million that Caring for Colorado has issued recently to improve access to oral health services for Coloradans. Since 2001, the foundation has awarded more than $8.5 million in oral health funding to organizations providing dental services to underserved populations, Caring for Colorado reported.

Development grants available

Colorado Big Country Resource Conservation and Development is accepting grant applications for its partnership grant program.

Colorado Big Country Resource Conservation and Development is a regional, nonprofit organization serving 10 counties, including Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco and Jackson counties, among others.

Projects eligible for grant funds are in the areas of community development and include economic development, recreation proposals, land conservation and management and water management, quality and quantity.

Applications will be accepted from county and municipal governments, conservation districts, water conservancy districts, school districts and nongovernmental organizations.

Applications must be postmarked by Dec. 31. For grant guidelines and application forms, send an e-mail to administrator@coloradobigcountry.org or call 970-945-5494.

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