Craig briefs for Feb. 25

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Moffat County's final 2008 budget hit the county's Web site and can be found under the Administration Department.

The budget totals $56,889,718, including The Memorial Hospital and the Moffat County Housing Authority, which runs Sunset Meadows I and II.

The budget reflects some dollars for the hospital's new construction plan, Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said, but $8 million is for capital outlay, which likely refers to different infrastructure projects.

To view the county's 2008 budget and its more than 30 departments, go to www.co.moffat.co.us/administration/default/htm and follow the link for the 2008 budget.

AARP to install officers at meeting today

The Craig AARP Chapter No. 1418 is scheduled to install officers for the coming year during its meeting. The group is slated to meet at 2 p.m. today at Sunset Meadows I, 663 Ledford St.

For more information, call group president Beverly Chapman at 824-5123.

Nominations of area professionals sought

The Craig Daily Press is asking for the public's help in identifying some of the area's top professionals younger than 40 years old. The newspaper is seeking nominations, and those professionals selected will be featured in upcoming editions.

Nominations may be e-mailed to the paper at editor@craigdailypress.com or by calling editor Jerry Raehal at 824-7031, ext. 204 or assistant editor Joshua Roberts at 824-7031, ext. 210.

Dickson art show runs through February

Dennis Dickson, now of Craig and formerly of Steamboat Springs for eight years, is having an art show featuring pencil drawings at the Steamboat Springs Mental Health Center.

The art show runs through the month of February, with hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 879-2141.

Salazar accepting academy applications

The Grand Junction Office of U.S. Congressman John T. Salazar is accepting applications for students who are interested in attending a military service academy.

All application materials for the class of 2013 must be received by Oct. 17, 2008, to be considered in the nomination process. For information, or to request an application packet, call George Delahanty at (970) 245-7107.

Prevent playground injuries

The Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, in accordance with the National Recreation & Park Association, will facilitate the National Playground Safety Institute March 10 to 12 in Greeley.

NPSI is a playground safety inspector certification course and exam open to anyone who owns, operates, installs and oversees playground equipment.

Statistics from the Consumer Product Safety Commission indicate more than 205,000 injuries occur on playgrounds each year. About 15 result in death.

For more information, call the Safety Commission at 303-231-0943, or visit the Web site at www.cpra-web.org.

VNA to begin Hospice fundraiser

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program is conducting its annual Daffodil fundraiser in the spring.

It is one of two fundraisers the VNA conducts for the Hospice program. Pre-sales are Feb. 12 to March 3. Deliveries are March 18.

The VNA is looking for volunteers to help sell, wrap and deliver the Daffodils. Wrapping takes place March 17.

"If you or your spouse, cousin, uncle, parent, old war buddy, sibling, co-worker, staff member, child, barber, mechanic, accountant, grandma, butcher, doc, lawn boy, aunt, housekeeper, friend, partner or attorney would like to volunteer to assist us with this fundraiser we would greatly appreciate it," said Cole White, VNA director of community care, in a news release.

For more information, call White at 871-7663.

Applications available for Police Academy

The Craig Police Department is currently accepting applications for the next Citizens Police Academy. The anticipated start date is Thursday. The academy will take place one night a week for about 11 weeks. Applications may be picked up at the Police Department counter in the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

For more information, call Sergeant John Forgay at 826-2366.

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