Craig briefs for Feb. 22

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Visitor Center debate ends

— At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Moffat County Tourism Association board became the final cooperating party to sign a memorandum of understanding for long-term funding to the Moffat County Visitor Center.

"I personally like it, and I would suggest we support it," MCTA board member Frank Moe said. "I think from all the past history, this is a good place to move forward."

The Craig City Council, Moffat County Commission and Craig Chamber of Commerce all approved the agreement at their meetings earlier this month.

The contract stipulates the MCTA and Chamber will be responsible for the majority of costs, each contributing 45 percent. The city and county will split the remainder, each providing 5 percent.

The joint committee on Visitor Center funding, made up of representatives from each party, agreed to the contract in principle at a January meeting.

There have been few changes since the contract's first draft.

Among them, provisions were removed stipulating the Chamber would retain full ownership of the building, and a provision was added that all parties would be involved in the Visitor Center budgeting process each year.

According to the agreement, any party can opt out by giving 30 days written notice to the other parties. Each year's funding also is dependent on each party's budget, and considerations will be made if funds are not readily available.

Steamboat writing workshop upcoming

Fort Collins author Teresa Funke, who has coached and critiqued writers for more than 12 years, will host a writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Ranch at Steamboat, 1800 Ranch Road in Steamboat Springs.

The workshop lasts six hours and costs $175.

It includes lunch, a workbook, 80 pages of additional information, links to resources and writing exercises.

Funke is the author of three books for children and adults. Her articles, essays and short stories have appeared in national and regional publications.

Her workshop will include how to get started writing a book, write, revise and find an agent/editor.

For more information, visit www.ncwc.biz or contact kerrie@ncwc.biz or 970-282-7754.

'Through With Chew Week' ends Saturday

Feb. 17 to 23 is "Through With Chew Week," a campaign to decrease spit tobacco and increase awareness of the negative health effects of using this product. Tobacco-free quit kits for chewers are available at the VNA offices in Steamboat at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 and in Craig at 745 Russell Street. The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows smokers and chewers are seven times more likely to end their tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if they are trying to quit on their own. Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $100 value. Nicotine gum also is available. Simply call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

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