Craig briefs for Jan. 10

Commissioners named to boards

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At Tuesday's Moffat County Commission, several yearly duties were taken care of.

Commissioner Tom Mathers was named board chairman, and Tom Gray was named vice-chair.

Gray was named as ex-officio to the following boards: Accounting, Building, CET/CIT, Colorado River Water Conservation District, Council on Aging, EMS Council, Fair Board, Fairgrounds, 14th Judicial Community Corrections Board, Human Resources, Land Use Board, Natural Resources, Sage Grouse Working Group, Social Services and Yampa River Basin Partnership.

Saed Tayyara was named as ex-officio to the following boards: Administration, Airport Advisory Board, Associated Government of Northwest Colorado, Club 20, County Attorney, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Craig City Council, Extension Office, Hospital Board, Library Board, Moffat County Tourism Association, Museum Board, Parks and Recreation and Veterans.

Mathers was named as ex-officio to the follow boards: Building and Maintenance, Cemetery, Economic Development Partnership, Hamilton Community Hall, Housing Board, Information Systems, Maybell Ambulance, Maybell Community Center, Maybell Sewer Board, Northwest Colorado Transportation Planning Region, Planning, Planning Commission, Road and Bridge, Weed and Pest and Yampa Valley Economic Development Council.

All three commissioners are ex-officios on the following boards: Board of Appeals, Coal Conference, Colorado Counties Inc., Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Office of Emergency Management, Health Insurance Board, Public Safety Center, Public Works, Retirement Board and Yampa Valley Partners.

Beard contest starts Saturday

Signup for the beard-growing contest, which is part of the Craig Centennial Celebration, is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Centennial Mall. Contestants are to come clean-shaven and grow their beard for 100 days. Judging is April 21, the day Craig was incorporated 100 years ago. The contest is free.

Snowmobile ride scheduled in February

A snowmobile ride to honor military personnel, veterans and those currently serving is scheduled for Feb. 2.

A Soldiers' Snowmobile Ride is free to military personnel and their spouses, and will be conducted in the Craig area. Elkhorn Winter Adventures will provide free-guided tours and snowmobiles, and the Craig Snowmobile Club is providing lunch.

Call Stan Fox at 970-326-7160 to sign-up. Deadline to register for the event is Jan. 20, and participants will be selected on a first-come basis.

"Craig Idol" contest takes place Jan. 26

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International is planning its annual show for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Moffat County High School. The show title is "Craig Idol" and is a localized version of the television show, "American Idol."

Auditions for show contestants took place earlier this year; anyone in the Craig area 16 years and older was invited to participate. The five contestants selected by a panel from Yampa Valley Chorus are Monika Baron, Jacob Chason, Ashley Cordova, Irene Losolla and Tanya Rinehart. The performers will be competing for the most votes from the audience.

Along with the contestants, special guest performers will be Girlsberry Jam, Hometown Harmony, Dejà Vu quartets and the Yampa Valley Chorus. Beth Gilchrist and Bill Ronis will be hosting the show.

Tickets are $8, and $5 for seniors/students and can be purchased from any Sweet Adeline or at the door. Come and vote for your favorite Craig Idol.

Preserving cultural history presentation

Archaeologist and published author Jerry Spangler will make a presentation today at the Center of Craig. He will discuss his struggle to develop a balanced approach toward preserving the cultural history of places such as Range Creek, Vermillion Basin and other amazing places of the Colorado Plateau.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m.

Spangler's work as been featured in archaeology and science magazines, and he has co-authored the book, "Horned Snakes and Axle Grease. Signed copies of the book will be available today at Downtown Books.

The Colorado Environmental Coalition and Friends of Northwest Colorado is sponsoring the presentation. For more information, call 824-5241 or e-mail at sasha@cecenviro.org.

Donation account available for woman

A donation account for Elizabeth Perschon is available at the Bank of Colorado, 250 West Victory Way. A vehicular accident in August paralyzed Perschon from the waist down. The account is established in the name of her fiance, Dan Floeter. Account funds will go toward renovations to make Floeter's house handicap accessible

Radon classes Jan. 15, 17 at extension office

Two radon education programs will be offered at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. The first class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 15 and noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17. A light meal and short-term radon test kit will be provided free to participants. Registration is required by contacting Elisa at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180.

Avalanche awareness seminar Jan. 12

An avalanche awareness training, hosted by the Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club, is 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12. Participants will meet at the Freeman trailhead, approximately 11 miles north on Highway 13. The seminar is free and open to everyone involved in backcountry recreation during the winter months. For more information, call 824-5353 or 824-4198.

Time to sign up for Moffat County 4-H

Enrollments are being taken for the 2008 Moffat County 4-H program year. 4-H enables youth ages 8 to18 to participate in hands-on projects, attend camps, make friends, acquire and/or improve their leadership and public speaking skills and much more.

Enrollment forms are available at the CSU Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St. For more information, call 824-9180.

Rent assistance offered through center

Help paying rent may be available for people with disabilities and people with low income through the Independent Life Center section 8 housing choice voucher program.

To have an application mailed to you or for more information, call Barbara Barrientez at the Independent Life Center at 826 0833.

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