Craig briefs for Oct. 13

Church begins new "Bible Blitz"

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 630 Green St., is beginning a new curriculum called "Bible Blitz," a class to learn to look things up in the Bible for first- through sixth-graders. The church also has a new toddler kindergarten class learning their first Bible stories.

Classes start at 10 a.m. Call 824-6836 for more information.

Church hosts movie night on Oct. 17

The First Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a free movie night with popcorn at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at its 630 Green St. location.

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Denver

The Colorado Lottery has its first ever Powerball Jackpot winner Thursday night. One ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball number to win the $20 million jackpot in the drawing Oct. 10. The cash value for the ticket is $9.4 million, and the ticket was sold in the Denver metro area.

The winning numbers were: 12, 16, 31, 33, 54 and the Powerball was 5. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Lottery officials advise the winner to sign the back of the ticket immediately to establish ownership. Tickets are bearer instruments so whoever signs the ticket may have legal claim to the jackpot.

Colorado has been a Powerball member since 2001, but before last night, the biggest Powerball prize was $1 million. The winning ticket ranks as the third-largest jackpot given away in Colorado, behind Lotto jackpots of $27 million in 1992 and $21 million in 2000.

Lottery proceeds are distributed to three primary beneficiaries: Great Outdoors Colorado, Conservation Trust Fund and Colorado State Parks. The organizations provide grants and direct funding for parks, recreation, open-space acquisition, trails, wildlife and conservation education.

Banquet chicken,

turkey pot pies recalled

ConAgra Foods voluntarily stopped production Tuesday at a Missouri plant that makes its Banquet pot pies after health officials determined the pies may be linked to 139 cases of salmonella in 30 states.

ConAgra officials believe the company's pies are safe if they are cooked properly, but the company told consumers not to eat its chicken or turkey pot pies until the government and company investigations are complete.

The Department of Agriculture also issued a health alert to warn consumers about the link between the company's product and the salmonella case.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking reports of the salmonella cases. A CDC spokeswoman said the largest number of salmonella cases had been reported in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

Salmonella sickens about 40,000 people a year in the U.S. and kills about 600. Most of the deaths are among people with weaker immune systems such as the elderly or young. Most cases of salmonella poisoning are caused by undercooked eggs and chicken.

So far, no deaths have been linked to the pot pies.

Earlier this year, ConAgra had to recall all of its peanut butter because it was linked to a different salmonella outbreak.

American Legion to host indoor garage sale

The American Legion Auxiliary will host a Second Annual Indoor Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the legion post, 1055 County Road 7.

For more information, call American Legion commander Mel Shockley at 824-3625 during the day, or Mary Shockley at 824-3085 in the evening.

Dedication ceremony at Habitat House

The Moffat County Chapter of Routt County Habitat for Humanity will hold its dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to attend at the house site, 745 Yampa Avenue. Call 824-3990.

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