Craig briefs for Oct. 5

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— The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines will be hosting a "CRAIG IDOL" contest during their annual show January 26 in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Anyone in the Yampa Valley and surrounding area 14 years and older may audition to participate in the contest. The top 5 finalists will then compete in the show. The audience will be the judges and will vote for their favorite "CRAIG IDOL." Winners will be announced at the end of the show, and all five finalists will receive cash or prizes.

Auditions to compete in the show will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Sunset Elementary School. A committee from the Yampa Valley Chorus will pick the top 5 finalists.

Contestants may bring his or her own accompaniment or sing acappella. If the audition date does not work contestants, arrangements can be made for another time.

For more information, call Denise at 824-8326 or Aaron at 326-7400.

Temporary road closure

Moffat County Road 103, less than a mile from State Highway 13 on the south end, will be temporarily closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Oct. 11 for culvert replacement. All traffic must use other means to access their property.

For more information, call the Moffat County road department at 824-3211.

Managing conflicts with wildlife

The Northwest Colorado Gardening Club invites the public to attend a free program addressing how to live with or without deer, skunks, mice, bats, bears and other local wildlife. The program will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Colorado State University Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay Street and will be presented by CSU Master Gardener, Cathy Park. For more information, call 824-9180.

Disc throwing clinic at Loudy-Simpson Park

A flying disc throwing clinic will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig for anyone interested in learning about the sport of disc dog competition.

Chris Booth, with help from the Colorado State University Extension Office, will teach the clinic. Honey Rock Dogs Boarding Kennel will host the free, public event. Tips on teaching your dog to catch a disc will also be offered.

Plans are in the works to bring a Colorado Disc Dogs competition to Craig in the summer, organizers said. The sport is a family-friendly event open people and dogs of all ability levels.

To register for the clinic or for more information, call Elisa Shackelton at the extension office at 824-9180 or Honey Rock Dogs at 824-9518.

Western Slope college fair Sunday

The third annual Colorado Western Slope College Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Aspen High School. Representatives from 180 colleges and universities will attend.

Organizers said the third annual event is the largest college fair on the Western Slope, and offers students and their parents a unique opportunity to find out about a variety of schools and programs in one location.

Workshops on varying topics - included will be the admissions process, financing a college education, finding the right college - will be conducted by college representatives and admissions directors.

Parking will be available at the Buttermilk Ski Resort, located on Highway 32, east of the Aspen Airport. Complimentary school bus shuttles will be provided to and from Aspen High School every 10 minutes.

There is no charge to attend the fair.

The Colorado Western Slope College Fair Committee is a community-based organization that invites colleges to come and meet Colorado Western Slope high school students, parents and counselors.

For more information, visit the Web site, www.westernslopecollegefair.com.

Concert series to offer unique performances

Performers from Germany, New York and Tuscon, Ariz., will appear during the 2007-08 Craig Concert Association series.

Organizers said the concert series provides "world class entertainment for the Yampa Valley" each year. Membership to the concert association is open to the public, but admission to the concert series comes through purchasing a season ticket.

Season memberships are offered at $30 per adult, $10 per student and $70 for a family.

A season ticket provides admission for six "amazing performances" scheduled this year.

Featured acts include:

• Santa Cruz River Band, an Arizona group that brings a Southwestern flair and performs a variety of songs including "La Bamba," and "Don't be Cruel." The band will perform in February.

• Humorist Michel Lauziere. He has performed on the American Comedy Awards, Arsenio Hall Show and half-time shows at NBA games. Lauziere will perform in March.

• Other acts include the Rastrelli Cello Quartet, baritone Leon Williams and the Hunt Family Fiddlers, an award-winning family of Irish step dancers, fiddlers and singers.

For membership information, call Julie Dempster at 824-5251, or send a check, payable to Craig Concert Association, to P.O. Box 364, in Craig, 81626.

Legion pool reopening to the public

The Craig American Legion will open the indoor pool at the post headquarters, 1055 County Road 7, for public use beginning Oct. 15, American Legion commander Mel Shockley said.

The pool will be open to the public from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Senior swimming takes place Wednesdays.

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