Craig briefs for Aug. 8

Flash flood watch continues today

— On Thursday, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction issued a flash flood warning for southwestern Moffat County after Doppler radar detected a thunderstorm in the area.

A flash flood watch is scheduled to continue this morning, said Debra Elliott, NWS hydrometeorological technician.

A bulletin from the NWS on Thursday reported flash flooding danger would remain in the county's rural areas and southern regions of Dinosaur National Monument.

"Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, country roads, as well as farmland along the banks of creeks and streams," the bulletin reported.

"A flash flood warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring," according to the NWS.

People living in the warning area should move to higher ground immediately.

"Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property," the bulletin reported. "Do not attempt to cross swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by automobile."

DOW holding hunter education course

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will offer a hunter education course Monday to Aug. 15 at the Bell Tower Building at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. Completion of hunter education is required for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1949, who wants to hunt in Colorado.

There is no cost for this hunter education course, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. For more information or to pre-register, call 272-3238.

Craig, Steamboat banks changing name

On Aug. 18, First National Bank of Steamboat Springs and its Craig branch, Moffat County National Bank, will unite under the name Yampa Valley Bank.

The name change is happening to better reflect the two bank branches' local roots and local commitment to customers, according to bank officials.

YVB still will consist of more than 45 shareholders who work, reside and proudly call the Yampa Valley home.

"The name Yampa Valley Bank clearly indicates that we are a locally owned, hometown bank with products and services tailored specifically to the unique needs of our customers throughout the Yampa Valley," President and CEO John Kerst said.

Housing voucher applications available

Housing voucher applications for Moffat and Rio Blanco county residents will be available at Independent Life Center, 483 Yampa Ave., in Craig through today. Completed applications will be put on a waiting list in the order they are received. Only completed applications will be accepted.

Applications may be mailed to P.O. Box 612, Craig 81626, attention Marlena, faxed to 970-826-0833 or hand-delivered to the ILC.

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