Craig briefs for Nov. 29

Christmas tree fundraiser begins

— 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.

City Council took the following actions at its meeting Tuesday:

• Approved the renewal for a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Fiesta Jalisco at 410 Ranney St.

• Approved a special events permit for The Memorial Hospital's Christmas party at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Dec. 15.

• Awarded a bid for a rear-load refuse collection truck in two parts. The rear load body was awarded to Faris Machinery for $66,240. The cab and chassis was awarded to Hanson equipment for $85,988. Bidding the vehicle in two parts saves money compared to buying a complete one from one vendor, Randy Call, Road and Bridge and Refuse director, wrote in a city memo.

•Adopted a city ordinance for the 2008 budget on second reading. No changes were made to the budget after the last Council meeting Nov. 13.

• Adopted an ordinance increasing water and wastewater rates starting Jan. 1. Although the city currently shows a revenue surplus in its water fund, costs increased with demand and use, city officials said. The city is also looking to make $8.8 million in improvements to its water treatment plant in 2008.

• Adopted an ordinance allowing bed and breakfasts to operate in high density residential districts.

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, 745 Russell St., and in Steamboat Springs, 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.

Youth Wellness meeting Tuesday

Several Northwest Colorado agencies are working together to create a campaign to prevent underage drinking. This campaign will focus on parent responsibility, community education and youth access to alcohol in our community.

The Youth Wellness Initiative is scheduled to meet from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moffat County High School Room 308. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Diane Miller at the VNA 871-7609.

FSA operating out of Steamboat Springs

Lewis Frank, executive director of the Colorado Farm Service Agency, announced Tuesday a temporary office solution for producers serviced by the Moffat County Farm Service Agency office, which was located in the Country Mall.

The mall burned Sunday night.

Producers with operations in Moffat County are to call the Routt County FSA office in Steamboat Springs for assistance with their day-to-day business transactions. All Moffat County FSA employees are working at the Routt County location, 1475 Pine Grove Road.

"The Farm Service Agency is currently accepting applications for several disaster programs and county committee elections are also under way," Frank said. "In spite of the office closure due to this fire, Moffat County farmers and ranchers can be assured that business will continue with as little interruption as possible at FSA. Employees in the Routt County office are prepared to provide the same personal and professional service those farmers and ranchers have come to rely on at the office in Craig."

FSA is accepting applications for disaster aid programs including the Livestock Compensation Program, Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program.

Sign-up for the Dairy Disaster Aid Program begins Dec. 3. The FSA County Committee election period began Nov. 2. Ballots are due Dec. 3.

"FSA is working to quickly assess the extent of damage due to the fire," Frank said. "We are working cooperatively with our sister agencies, rural development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to ascertain the immediate needs of the producers we serve and will notify the county's farmers and ranchers as more information becomes available."

For more information, call the Routt County FSA at 970-879-3225.

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