Craig briefs for Dec. 13

The Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., opened a new exhibit this week highlighting two men from Moffat County's past.

The exhibit features William Bayard Craig - who museum Director Dan Davidson said is Craig's namesake - and Alexander Phimister Proctor, a nationally recognized nature sculptor who spent some of his formative years hunting in Northwest Colorado.

Residents may be familiar with some of Proctor's work, as some of his sculptures now decorate Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.

The local exhibit includes a mountain lion piece made from one of Proctor's original casts.

At the same time, Craig's Centennial is nearing its conclusion, and museum officials plan to take down the current Centennial exhibit in the near future.

Davidson encouraged all residents to see it at least once, as it includes a lot of information about how Craig has changed during the last century.

The museum also is having a holiday sale for all of the merchandise in its gift shop, with discounts ranging from 25 to 50 percent.

Call the museum at 824-6360 for more information.

Holiday decorating help for senior citizens

Local business owner David Soule has started Caring for Seniors, a program that will offer to help senior citizens put up Christmas decorations Saturdays, Dec. 13 and 20, for free or donations.

Soule said he decided to do this after hearing how one of his older customers has trouble going up and down a ladder to put up Christmas lights.

Members of Moffat County Young Life will help Caring for Seniors in hanging up Christmas lights or putting out other decorations.

For more information or to request help with decorating, call David Soule at 701-9671.

Grand Futures offering TIPS training Jan. 22

Grand Futures will offer a TIPS training class Jan. 22, 2009. Registration is limited to 15 people, and the deadline to register is Jan. 8.

To register or for more information, call Matt Beckett at the Grand Futures office at 824-5752 or 629-3020.

Xcel Energy proposes lower electricity rates

Xcel Energy filed Friday to lower electricity rates in Colorado by $89.4 million, or by about 13 percent for residential and small-business customers. The decrease would be reflected in bills for the first quarter of 2009.

For typical residential customers using 625 kilowatt-hours a month, current bills would decrease 13.24 percent, or by $8.10 a month to $53.08. Typical small-business customer using 1,025 kilowatt-hours a month would see current bills decrease 13.56 percent or by $13.29 a month to $84.70.

All costs associated with increases or decreases in fuel and purchased energy costs generally are passed along to Colorado customers through the ECA rider on a dollar-per-dollar basis.

Xcel Energy customers can visit www.xcelenergy.com/energysavings for ways to conserve energy and lower natural gas bills.

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