Briefs for Jan. 26

Chocolatiers wanted for walk

Do family and friends rave about your chocolate cookies, candies, cakes or hot chocolate? Consider participating in Craig's first Chocolate Walk, held Feb. 10 in conjunction with the Art Walk.

Fill out an entry form at The Kitchen Shop, 577 Yampa Ave. Event hours are 5 to 9 p.m. We will be selling 100 tickets, and participants need to make a portion of food for each of the ticket holders. You may also prepare extra to sell.

Ticket holders will be voting on their favorite chocolate creation, and the winner will receive $100. Sign up before Feb. 5.

Contact Nadine at 824-8148.

Deadlines for Art Walk approaching

The Art Walk will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10. The annual Art Walk event is a showcase for local artists' work, a fundraiser for the pottery program at Colorado Northwest Community College and a way to build community relations.

Typically, between 200 to 300 art lovers walk from business to business in downtown Craig to meet the artists, view the art and rekindle old friendships.

Participating businesses and artists each pay a $35 registration fee to cover publicity and advertising for the event. Five businesses have signed up. Last year, 22 businesses participated. Registration must be completed by Feb. 1.

Artists and businesses team up and work together to prepare for and host their Art Walk location. Artists are encouraged to price their artwork for sale.

Registration forms are available from Carol Wilson at Neolithics, 565 Yampa Ave. Call 824-4580.

Chamber names Sunshine winners

At the Craig Chamber of Commerce's Wake-Up Craig breakfast Thursday, the organization named Frank and Tammie Hanel, owners of KRAI, the quarterly Sunshine Award winners.

Chamber Executive Director Christina Currie said the award is given to those who improve the quality of life in Craig.

She said KRAI's annual holiday drive benefits nonprofits and involves many youth volunteers.

"They're great role models in terms of teaching youth the value of volunteering in their community," Currie said of the Hanels.

The Chamber is also currently seeking nominations for Businessperson of the Year, Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year, to be presented at the annual meeting Feb. 20.

A small business is one with 40 or fewer employees. A large business is one with 41 or more employees.

To nominate a business or individual, call Currie at 824-5689 or email her at director@craig-chamber.com.

Officials warn of Split Mountain ice jam

Cold temperatures have caused an "interesting and unusual ice jam" at the Split Mountain boat ramp in Dinosaur National Monument, officials said Thursday.

The ice jam is an accumulation of broken ice caught in a narrow channel of the river. As the ice accumulates, water backs up and freezes on the boat ramp.

Officials warned against walking on the frozen ice. It may look safe and inviting, but don't be fooled, officials said. While the ice may be thick enough to walk on in some patches, there always are thin spots.

Walking on the ice at the Split Mountain boat ramp includes the added danger that the ice may be shuffled around by the water current below.

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