Craig briefs for Aug. 28

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City-adopted Alcohol Retailer Toolkits available

The Youth Wellness Initiative has created an Alcohol Retailer Toolkit to aid in reducing underage drinking among youths.

The toolkit will automatically be sent to alcohol purveyors as part of their liquor license renewal packet in 2008.

The toolkit includes a copy of Colorado liquor laws, policies and procedures that retailers are encouraged to adopt, a responsible alcohol server agreement for employers to have staff members sign, warning stickers and signs, an ID checking guide and a list of available training resources.

Liquor license holders who do not want to wait until their liquor licenses are renewed to receive an Alcohol Retailer Toolkit are encouraged to call Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 879-6188.

First dog competition slated for September

Craig's first Disc Dog competition will take place Sept. 27. Honey Rock Dogs will host the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Moffat County.

The competition is open to any owner or dog team in a variety of classes.

"Whether you have a champion disc catcher or just a casual fetcher, plan to join the fun," Honey Rock Dogs reported in a news release.

For more information, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

Chamber of Commerce seeks volunteers

Craig Chamber of Commerce/Moffat County Visitor Center is looking for volunteers to staff the Visitor Center.

"The Visitor Center has been staffed for several years using a federally-funded job placement program, which is losing participants," said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. "The funding isn't available to staff that position, so we're looking for volunteers who are knowledgeable about Moffat County and like to interact with the public."

Staff at the visitor center answer phones, prepare mailings, stock brochures and assist customers in any way possible.

"It's not physically demanding, nor is it stressful," Currie said. "Those who come in are happy to be here and thrilled with any assistance we can offer them. Our job is customer service, plain and simple."

Anyone who is interested should call Currie at 824-5689 for more information.

Annual seatbelt safety rewards starting soon

Local teenage drivers may get the shock of their lives in coming weeks when an officer pulls them over for doing something right: wearing their seatbelt.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Craig Police Department's safety belt awareness program, which is aimed at rewarding good, legal behavior. Teen drivers who are pulled over by on-duty Craig police officers and are wearing their seatbelt will receive a prize donated by more than 40 local businesses. And with between 200 and 300 prizes to give out, Craig police will be busy looking for safe drivers - and their passengers, who also can receive prizes for being buckled up.

The program is aimed at being a "purely positive contact," according to Craig police officer Bryan Gonzales, and even if the teen drivers are pulled over and found to not be wearing a seatbelt or to have passengers not wearing a seatbelt, tickets will not be issued. Those breaking the law just won't get a reward, he said.

For more information about the safety belt awareness program, call Gonzales at 826-2360.

Chorus seeking new skilled director

The award-winning Yampa Valley Chorus is looking for a skilled musician, male or female, to be its new director.

While the chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, barbershop experience is not required. The group meets at 7 p.m. each Thursday inside the music room at Sunset Elementary School and rehearses for three hours.

The group is planning a Christmas concert for the first part of Denver and its annual show in February. It also competes annually in the seven-state region; this year's competition is April 30 to May 2 in Colorado Springs. The group performs in the community throughout the year.

The chorus would like the new director to help bring its repertory songs up to "performance caliber," teach warm-ups with proper vocal exercises and correct vocal technique, according to a news release.

"We want to improve not only as a chorus, but also as individuals," according to the news release. "The chorus would provide training and learning opportunities through all the excellent educational programs available through the organization."

Anyone interested should call Brenda Hershiser at 824-5993 or Jeanne Stalcar at 824-7640.

'Homesteading Women' presentation Sept. 6

Join Julie Jones-Eddy for a presentation about her book, "Homesteading Women: An Oral History of Colorado 1890-1950" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Craig City Hall. "Homesteading Women" tells the story of Northwestern Colorado (Moffat County and Rio Blanco counties) through a series of oral history interviews with 47 women who lived in this part of the state. Copies of the DVD, "Homesteading Women" will be available for sale.

Call 824-5343 for more information.

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