Craig briefs for Jan. 24

State of the County on Feb. 19

The Craig Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting "State of the County: An inside look at Moffat County" is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Colorado Highway 13.

Representatives from the Craig City Council, the Moffat County Commission and the Chamber will give presentations reflecting on accomplishments of 2007 and what to look for in 2008.

Awards also are to be presented for the large business of the year, small business of the year and businessperson of the year. Submit nominations to the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $40 per person and $70 per couple and are available at the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Check the Chamber's event page at www.craig-chamber.com for more information.

KRAI, Craig Chamber of Commerce, and the Craig Daily Press sponsor the event.

"Craig Idol" contest Saturday at MCHS

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines International is planning its annual show for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Moffat County High School. The show title is "Craig Idol" and is a localizer 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, $5 for seniors and students, and can be purchased from any Sweet Adeline or at the door. Come and vote for your favorite Craig Idol.

Diamonds and Spurs tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the Craig Rotary Club's annual Diamonds and Spurs Dinner Dance, which takes place Saturday.

Tickets are $60 each and are available from any Rotary member or at the Elk Run Inn. Call Randy at 826-4444 for more information.

Bad to the Bone is providing the dinner, serving prime rib and Cajun salmon.

Hors d'oeuvres start at 6 p.m. with the dinner at 7 p.m. Dancing follows the dinner with Kip Strean providing the music.

There also is a raffle for a diamond necklace donated by Kester Jewelry and a signed copy of Rod Hanna's book "Seasons of Light."

Proceeds go to benefit the Rotary youth projects in Craig, including high school and nursing scholarships, the second-grade book buddy program, the third-grade dictionary program and Rotary youth leadership camps.

Business of year

nominations sought

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for large business of the year, small business of the year and businessperson of the year.

Awards will be presented during the Chamber's annual State of the County meeting Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Tickets will be $40 each or two for $70.

Small businesses are those with fewer than 40 employees. Large businesses are those with 41 or more employees.

Nominations may be mailed to 360 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625 or e-mailed to director@craig-chamber.com. Please include a brief summary of why you are nominating the business or person.

Nominations are due Feb. 1.

Help available to

kick the habit

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Steamboat Springs, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101, and Craig, 745 Russell St.

The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach, who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows you are seven times more likely to end your tobacco habit with the QuitLine than if you're trying to quit on your own.

Four weeks of free nicotine patches and nicotine gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or 784-8669. For more information, call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

We See D.C. seeks volunteers

Do you and your significant other want to help with the annual trip to Washington D.C. and the Williamsburg, Va., area for We See D.C. - an educational project that sends area youths the nation's capital.

Spots are still available. Student cost is $1,735. Adult cost is $1,960 per person with no chaperone responsibilities.

We know it's expensive, but everything is paid,- a press release states. All ground and air transportation, meals, hotels for five nights, admission costs, and a terrific driver and tour guide.-

Departure time is around 11 p.m. June 7, and participants will return sometime in the early hours of June 14.

There is an informational meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at Serendipity Coffee Shop. If you cannot make that meeting, contact Courtney Jenison at 970-620-0753.

Sage-Grouse research starting

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and Questar Corporation are partnering to conduct research designed to document Greater Sage-Grouse seasonal habitat use and movements in the Hiawatha Development Area in northwest Colorado and south-central Wyoming.

Questar, a Salt Lake City based energy company active in the area since the 1920s, has provided funding for the research and will be partnering with the DOW on the project. Additional funding and support has been provided by the southwest Wyoming sage-grouse local working group. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is also cooperating on the research along with the Bureau of Land Management.

The project builds upon research DOW researcher Dr. Tony Apa and University of Idaho researcher Tom Thompson have conducted in the area since 2005. DOW researcher Dr. Brett Walker will join the team to help identify and delineate important seasonal habitats for sage-grouse on a much larger, landscape scale. In the Hiawatha area, Greater Sage-Grouse generally spend the spring and summer in the high country, but move to lower elevations to winter.

"Questar's voluntary support of the project is part of its long-term responsible management strategy for operations in the Hiawatha region," according to a press release.

"Wildlife experts, managers, industry, and ultimately Greater Sage-Grouse, will benefit from this research to create a strong alliance between those interested in sage-grouse conservation within the Hiawatha Field. "

For more news about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us/news/index.asp?DivisionID=3

Seedling trees for sale

The Colorado First Soil Conservation District is taking orders for seedling tree sales.

The deadline to order is April 18. Order forms can be picked up at the Colorado State County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., the BLM office, or the CRSCD office - both located at 455 Emerson.

Trees will be available for pick up in early May. Call the district office at 824-3476 - extension 108 for Duke, and extension 107 for DeDe.

Art Walk on its way

The 13th annual Art Walk, co-sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the Colorado Northwestern Community College pottery program, is from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9 in downtown Craig.

"Join hundreds of art lovers for this fun, and sometimes cold, community event," according to a press release.

Local artists will display their work in downtown businesses. Musicians also will perform at some businesses.

The "Taste of Chocolate" competition returns for its second year and will allow 100 ticket buyers to taste and vote for their favorite chocolate concoction.

CNCC pottery students will have their annual "Buy the Soup, Keep the Bowl" fundraiser at the Center of Craig. Students also will have pottery for sale during Art Walk.

The city of Craig Centennial Committee will announce the winner of the Centennial Poster Contest. All entries will be on display at the Center of Craig and for sale through a silent auction. Stop by and vote for your favorite piece.

If you are an artist or would like to participate as a business, call Carol Wilson at Neolithics at 824-4580.

For more information about the Centennial Poster Contest, contact Pam Foster at pamdesigns@hotmail.com or 824-8244.

Applications are available at Pam Designs, Craig Chamber of Commerce and City of Craig offices.

Snowmobile ride for 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.

Donation account available for local 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

Help with paying rent

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.

Time to sign up for 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, contact Alisa at 824-9180.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for large business of the year, small business of the year and businessperson of the year.

Awards will be presented during the Chamber's annual State of the County meeting Feb. 19 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Tickets will be $40 each or two for $70.

Small businesses are those with fewer than 40 employees. Large businesses are those with 41 or more employees.

Nominations may be mailed to 360 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 81625 or e-mailed to director@craig-chamber.com. Please include a brief summary of why you are nominating the business or person.

Nominations are due Feb. 1

Gates being closed

The Colorado Division of Wildlife has closed or will soon close gates at several area properties to protect wintering wildlife, according to a press release. These annual closures are designed to reduce stress on animals by keeping people and vehicles out of State Wildlife Areas when animals are most vulnerable.

"The winter months in Colorado can be extremely tough for wildlife," said John Broderick, DOW Senior Terrestrial Biologist for northwest Colorado, in the press release. "Animals need to devote all of their energy during the winter to gathering scarce food supplies."

Residents and visitors should be aware of and honor the following winter closures in the Meeker/Craig area:

* Oak Ridge State Wildlife; area is closed from Dec. 1 to July 15

* Jensen SWA; closed from Jan. 1 to July 15

* Bitter Brush SWA; closed from Jan. 15 to April 30

In the Steamboat Springs Area:

* Adams State Wildlife; area is closed from Dec. 1 to July 1

* Blacktail Conservation Easement; closed from Dec. 1 to May 31

* Emerald Mountain State Wildlife; area is closed from Dec. 1 to June 30

Colorado's winter snowfall typically forces deer and elk to lower elevations around the state. This seasonal migration puts these animals at higher risk for problematic encounters with humans. Because most of Colorado's human populations live at lower elevations, deer and elk are more likely to be hit by cars during winter months. Deer are also more likely to be harassed by domestic dogs when they are closer to cities and towns.

Having good winter range available to deer and elk is also important for area residents. Wintering wildlife that journey onto private land in search of safety and forage can cause problems for ranchers and homeowners. Haystacks and flower gardens can be quick targets for the hungry animals. By having State Wildlife Areas available and undisturbed, the DOW can provide a safe wintering area for animals while also preventing damage on roads and in surrounding communities.

For more information about State Wildlife Areas, go on-line to www.wildlife.state.co.us/landwater/statewildlifeareas or contact the Northwest Region DOW office at (970) 255-6100.

Post office: Keep mailbox area clear

The Craig Post Office reminds postal customers to leave a safe, accessible path to mailboxes as winter weather conditions continue.

In a press release, the Post Office reminds customers:

• To make sure the mailbox is visible and free of snow and ice.

• To make sure the mailbox is safely accessible for Post Office letter carriers.

• To make sure to clear the mailbox area of snow, sleet, ice and debris.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety first.

"Letter carriers are instructed not to deliver to mailboxes and locations they consider having access too difficult or unsafe," the release states.

Fire account set up

First Congregational United Church of Christ has set up a fire "recovery fund account" for Bev Rubley at Bank of the West. Rubley's business was destroyed in the Country Mall fire in November. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can go to the bank and ask to have the funds deposited in the account for Bev Rubley.

Free radon test kits available

Winter is the best time to test your home or office for radon - the second leading cause of lung cancer. Free radon test kits are available to Northwest Colorado residents, while supplies last. Contact Elisa at the Moffat County Extension Office, 539 Barclay St., 824-9180 for more information.

Chamber 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 contact Currie at 824-5689 for more information.

Tobacco-free quit kits available

Tobacco-free quit kits for smokers and chewers are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offices in Craig at 745 Russell St. and in Steamboat Springs at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

The kits promote the Colorado QuitLine and free support from a trained coach who guides and supports individuals through the quitting process. Research shows tobacco users are seven times more likely to end the tobacco habit with the QUITLINE than if they try to quit on their own.

Four weeks of free nicotine patches are available, a $100 value. Nicotine gum is also available.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Call the VNA at 871-7664 for further assistance.

Association supports The Tree Project

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has pledged support to the Institute for Environmental Solutions for its work on The Tree Project, an effort to identify how trees can be used to optimize energy and water conservation while also promoting carbon emissions sequestration and mitigation.

Based in Denver, IES is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing complex environmental challenges and advancing objective, integrated solutions to the region's most pressing environmental concerns, such as air and water quality.

Strategically planting trees and other vegetation is often suggested to achieve multiple benefits. Ultimately, The Tree Project's objectives are to reduce air emissions, outdoor water consumption, infrastructure costs and energy usage.

Tri-State's financial support in the amount of $5,000 was matched 50 cents on the dollar by GivingFirst, a local nonprofit, philanthropic foundation increasing the total commitment to $7,500.

Aging Well on Wednesday

The Aging Well Program offers an all day program, "Wellness Wednesdays," each Wednesday at the American Legion Building (Shadow Mountain Clubhouse) in Craig for adults "50 and Better."

Activities are offered from 9 a.m. to 6:30 pm including art, writing, and exercise classes. This week's lunchtime presentation is "Cash & Medicaid Benefits for Older Adults" by Kristy Loyd, Moffat County Social Services Adult Programs Coordinator (Lunch will be served).

Participants are asked to register for activities prior to each Wednesday. For more information call the Aging Well information line at 871-7676.

Concert series to offer unique performances

Performers from Germany, New York and Tuscon, Ariz., will appear during the 2007-08 Craig Concert Association series.

Organizers said the concert series provides "world class entertainment for the Yampa Valley" each year. Membership to the concert association is open to the public, but admission to the concert series comes through purchasing a season ticket.

Season memberships are offered at $30 per adult, $10 per student and $70 for a family.

A season ticket provides admission for six "amazing performances" scheduled this year.

Featured acts include:

• Santa Cruz River Band, an Arizona group that brings a Southwestern flair and performs a variety of songs including "La Bamba," and "Don't be Cruel." The band will perform in February.

• Humorist Michel Lauziere. He has performed on the American Comedy Awards, Arsenio Hall Show and half-time shows at NBA games. Lauziere will perform in March.

• Other acts include the Rastrelli Cello Quartet, baritone Leon Williams and the Hunt Family Fiddlers, an award-winning family of Irish step dancers, fiddlers and singers.

For membership information, call Julie Dempster at 824-5251, or send a check, payable to Craig Concert Association, to P.O. Box 364, in Craig, 81626.

Vaccine to protect against Meningitis

It is now recommended that all adolescents ages 11 to 18 receive the Menactra vaccine, to protect against Meningitis, at the earliest possible health care visit, according to a Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association press release.

Previously, this vaccine was only recommended specific age groups within this range. The incidence of meningococcal disease increases during adolescence. College freshman living in dormitories are at increased risk for meningococcal disease and should be vaccinated with Menactra before college entry if they have not been vaccinated previously. For more information call the VNA at 824-8233 in Craig or at 879-1632 in Steamboat Springs.

Tourism maps not sponsored by Chamber

Liberty Marketing, which produces tourism maps for Moffat County, has claimed to be sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce to garner advertising from local businesses though it has no affiliation.

"This is the second year in a row that we have had this problem," Chamber Executive Director Christie Currie said. "We have never sponsored them, and told them that we will no longer distribute their map anymore."

A Liberty Marketing representative said the problem was isolated to one salesperson, who has been reprimanded and told not to claim Chamber sponsorship anymore. The company still plans to distribute around the area without the Chamber.

Mass Marketing, Inc. also prints a tourism map for the area, and assured Currie it would not sell advertising based on Chamber sponsorship. The Chamber plans to continue distribution of their map.

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