Briefs for Jan. 20

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Meeker city officials and American Red Cross volunteers continued to stand on watch Friday as the White River near Meeker flooded due to cold temperatures.

No new evacuations were ordered as the effects of the winter flooded remained minimal, Meeker town administrator Sharon Day said.

She also said no damage flood damage had been reported.

Meeker Police Chief Bob Harvey said eight families voluntarily evacuated, staying with community members, rather than the shelter arranged at the Meeker Town Hall.

On Friday, Day said these families returned to their homes.

"We're going to keep the shelter open until the danger has passed," Day said. "It seems if we can stay out of the negative double digits we'll be OK."

Post office to install new postmaster

The public is invited to the official installation and swearing-in ceremony for Craig Postmaster Dion Helmick on Jan. 24. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Craig Post Office, 556 Pershing St.

Mark Lambert, area 4 post office operations manager, will conduct Helmick's swearing-in ceremony.

Helmick assumed the Craig postmaster position in September 2006. A 10-year postal service employee, Helmick began work in 1995 as a part-time flexible distribution clerk at the Glenwood Springs Post office. He is a former delivery and retail operations supervisor in Glenwood Springs.

The Craig Post Office has 20 employees, 12 city/rural routes and 1,700 post office boxes. They process and deliver an average of 27,000 pieces of mail per day for 6,300 delivery addresses in zip codes 81625 and 81626.

The local post office is part of the Colorado/Wyoming District of the U.S. Postal Service, one of 80 postal districts in the U.S.

Helmick is married to Claire. They have a daughter, Natalya and two sons, Ciaran and Caeden.

"Craig is a great community," Helmick said. "We have a terrific post office with excellent employees. Our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the best mail service possible."

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