Briefs for Jan. 10

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Gas leak evacuates homes

Crews evacuated between 10 and 15 houses early Tuesday afternoon after a gas leak at the corner of Eighth and Stout streets.

City of Craig crews working on a water line hit a gas line there. Atmos Energy investigated the scene. Craig Fire/Rescue, Craig Police Department and The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Service also responded to the call.

Police said students at the nearby Sunset Elementary School were not in danger.

Atmos Energy clamped off the two ends of the broken pipe and repaired the pipe. Police said Tuesday afternoon homes in the area should have restored service by Tuesday night.

The 800 block of Stout and Steele streets were closed while crews monitored on the leak.

Soil conservation

district gets grant

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation recently awarded the Colorado First Soil Conservation District a grant to continue funding its technical assistance position.

The position, filled by Duke Duzik, is partially funded by a grant from the Colorado State Conservation Board with a time and resources match from the Colorado First Soil Conservation District.

The conservation district technician assists the Colorado First Soil Conservation District and the local agricultural procedures in Moffat County. These programs provide financial and technical assistance to help implement conservation practices on rangeland, cropland and irrigated lands to improve productivity and enhance natural resources.

Duzik has filled the position since May 2006 with a grant from other sources. The new grant funds the position for one year, beginning Jan. 1.

In the last year, the conservation district technician assisted more than 65 producers with long-term contracts along with other producers in applying conservation practices on their farms. The technician also assisted with the implementation of three wildlife habitat incentive program contracts benefiting more than 33,000 acres.

The contracts were designed to enhance habitat for the greater sage grouse, a potentially threatened species in the county. The technician was also responsible for overseeing a special allocation of Emergency Conservation Program funds to help ranchers mitigate damage caused by two major wildfires in Moffat County.

The 2007 Colorado Invasive Plant Program for Moffat and Routt counties will be coordinated through this position.

VNA offers Wellness Wednesdays for seniors

The Aging Well program, a division of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is offering a new all-day program, "Wellness Wednesdays," to be held every Wednesday at American Legion building, 2755 Moffat County Road 7 for adults 50 and older.

The program begins Jan. 17. Activities are offered from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. including art, writing, exercise and nutritional classes. Refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to register for activities prior to each Wednesday.

For more information, call the VNA's senior outreach coordinator, Cathy Vanatta, at 871-7676.

Hospice offers training for new volunteers

Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Northwest Colorado is seeking new hospice volunteers.

Hospice volunteer training sessions are scheduled for 5 to 8 on Thursday evenings. The dates are Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, and March 1 in the gold room at the Craig office, 745 Russell St.

Stop by the office to pick up an application or call hospice volunteer coordinators, Sandy Beran at 824-8233 or Diana Eilers at 879-1632 for more information.

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