Craig briefs for April 25

Golf meeting April 30

— The Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association's April meeting and luncheon is at noon Wednesday at the Tin Cup Grill. RSVP to Joann Stoddard at 824-5960 by noon Monday.

'A unique opportunity'

Moffat County residents 'have a unique opportunity," according to a news release, to learn to tell stories to young children through the nationally known organization Spellbinders.

"'Once upon a time' will quiet a group of children faster than a shout or whistle," the release states. "Children have a natural affinity for stories. Hearing stories of a family or of a community is one of the ways children begin to "make sense" of their world and provides a powerful way to connect to the people and history around them. Hearing stories also helps facilitate learning to read and write."

Spellbinders trains volunteers in the art of storytelling.

"If you are an older adult, particularly those who are retired, this is a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community by telling stories to children in an organized and structured atmosphere," the release reads.

Spellbinders is holding an organizational meeting at 3 p.m. Monday at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices at 745 Russell St., in the conference room. Call 871-7676 for more information.

Stagner wins scholarship

The Larimer County 4-H Youth Foundation has announced that the John Worthington Family has selected Kaycee Stagner, of Craig, as this year's recipient of the John Worthington Memorial Scholarship.

Kaycee is the daughter of Gary and Jennifer Stagner and attends Moffat County High School in Craig. She has completed 11 years of 4-H and will graduate in May 2008.

She also is taking dual credit classes at Colorado Northwestern Community College and plans to major in Agricultural Business or Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.

Immunizations offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering immunizations to Boys & Girls Club members or siblings of members, at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Immunizations will be offered for children age 6 months to 18 years for free to $14 per vaccine. Medicaid is accepted. A parent/guardian must be present. Bring your child's immunization record to the clinic. No appointments needed. Call 824-8233.

Maybell prescribed burn

Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning a 300-acre prescribed burn off County Road 116 approximately two miles southwest of Greystone and 34 miles west of Maybell in Moffat County.

The project is located on Bureau of Land Management public land and may take several days to complete.

Objectives of the Deer Valley Prescribed Fire are to reduce hazardous fuels in the form of thick sagebrush, pinyon/juniper encroachment and dead material accumulated in the ponderosa pine. This will reduce the chance of intense wildland fires that could threaten residences on Douglas Mountain and in Greystone. It also will improve overall forest health and promote the growth of grasses and forbs for wildlife by removing sagebrush. The Deer Valley project consists of 1,500 total acres and will be ongoing during the next couple years. A 150 acre potion of the project area may be burned later this spring or fall.

Fire managers are planning to ignite the fire with hand crews sometime later this week. Weather and fuel-moisture conditions will be closely monitored, and the burn will only be initiated if conditions are ideal for safe and effective fires.

Each prescribed burn conducted by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit has a detailed fire plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from state agencies. Prescribed fires are one of many tools public land managers use to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires while improving wildlife habitat and overall land health.

Swim with the Sharks

Craig Sea Shark registration still is available. Contact Sherry Bird at 824-5575 to obtain a team application. Practices currently are being held at Moffat County High Schools on Fridays and Saturdays. Call Sherry Kurz at 824-9657 or Sherry Bird at 824-5575 for practice times.

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