Craig briefs for April 17

Music Festival open to the public

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— The Large Group Music Festival is scheduled to start at 9:20 a.m. today at the Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. The event showcases choirs and instrumental groups from middle and high schools in eight school districts, including Moffat and Routt counties. The first choir performance begins at 9:20 a.m. in the high school library. Instrumental performances begin at 9:30 a.m. in the high school auditorium. Performances are scheduled to continue throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public.

The Colorado High School Activities Association is sponsoring the event, said John Bolton, Moffat County High School band director.

The event "engages more students than any state-wide activity at the high school level," he said. "It's a really huge thing."

For more information, visit the high school.

Farmers Market starts June 12

The first Thursday Farmers Market of the year is planned for June 12 in Alice Pleasant Park. All items must be Homegrown or Homemade. Call Carol at 824-5343.

After Prom Party meeting today

An After Prom Party meeting is at 6 p.m. today at Moffat County High School Room 110.

The After Prom Party is scheduled from midnight to 4 a.m. for April 26 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Alley.

There are games and prizes. Breakfast will be served. Call Dana at 620-4006.

Family looking for missing teen

The family of Brandi May Gourley, a 16-year-old Moffat County High School sophomore, is looking for her and asking for the public's help.

The teenager was last seen Monday at the high school, her family reported, and may be on her way to New Mexico. She is described as 5-foot-1, 130 to 135 pounds, with brown eyes and red and black hair.

Walt Vanatta, of the Craig Police Department, said officers took a report Monday night about Gourley possibly running away from home.

If anyone has information as to her whereabouts, call the Craig Police Department at 824-6501 or Robert and Sabrina at 824-3023.

Uintah County theft suspect arrested

Lieutenant John Laursen, of the Uintah County Sheriff's Office, said about $8,000 to $9,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from the Anadarko Yard in the Book Cliffs in Uintah County.

The wire loaded into an allegedly stolen Pyramid Truck. On Monday, authorities with the Uintah and Moffat counties sheriff's offices, the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Division of Wildlife, caught up with the suspect allegedly behind the theft.

Danny James Winner was found on a back road in southwest Moffat County.

Authorities reported he possibly ran out of gas with the stolen wire, and when his vehicle was located by Moffat County deputies, he hid in the brush, resulting in a three-hour search.

The Division of Wildlife flew the area looking for Winner. When he was located, authorities reported, he tried to flee on foot, but was chased down by a BLM officer in his truck.

During the chase, Winner allegedly threw away sunglasses containing narcotics. He was arrested and booked into the Moffat County Jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics. In Uintah County, he faces theft, burglary of a business and misdemeanor charges.

The total estimated cost to Anadarko is $29,000.

Craig blood drive

The Bonfils Blood Center, based in Denver, plans to make another stop at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave., from 12:30 to 6 p.m. April 22.

Bonfils supplies hospitals across the state with blood for transfusions, surgeries and other operations.

To set a specific time to donate blood, call The Memorial Hospital at 824-9411. Walk-ins also are welcome.

"We really need blood," said Anna Rippy, TMH Auxiliary Volunteers president. "Each pint of blood will be split to help three different people."

The Bonfils blood drive happens about every 60 days, Rippy said.

Those eligible to donate blood must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 18 years old or have written parent consent, have not had a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months and have not traveled to an area with known malaria problems in the past 12 months.

Bonfils officials recommend eating a full meal and drinking plenty of water before donating to offset any potential side effects, such as dizziness.

Farm Service Agency office relocated

The Moffat County Farm Service Agency office in Craig has relocated to temporary offices at the Remax About You offices at 390 Yampa Ave.

The office will be at this location until construction of the new Craig USDA Service Center is complete, expected to be within the first two weeks of May.

For more information, call 303-250-9902.

Integrated Community seeking nominations

Integrated Community would like to recognize someone in our community who has worked the hardest to unite people from different cultural backgrounds, and is seeking nominations to say who that person.

Think about the person who is always helping our community, who is a great volunteer, and who is always available to help when there is someone in need. When you decide, vote for that person by visiting the Integrated Community office or at one of the red voting boxes across town at local businesses. The person with the most votes will be named: Señor or Señora de Cinco de Mayo/Mr. or Mrs./Miss Cinco de Mayo.

The Craig office is at 510 Breeze St. The phone number is (970) 824-6424.

Hayden Chamber garage sale

The Hayden Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a community garage sale and flea market from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at the Exhibit Hall at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Clothes, dishes, furniture, tools, books, farm equipment and tack are accepted. Spaces are available outside the hall for the larger items. Reservations need to be made by April 23, and spaces cost $15 each. Vendors are welcome. Call Sandy at 276-2046 or Joyce at 276-2157.

Free sports exams

Moffat Family Clinic will be doing free sports exams for Moffat County School District, Hayden and Baggs students. Exams are by appointment only, from May 1 through July 31. Students may call (970) 824-3252 to schedule their appointment.

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