Craig briefs for Jan. 25

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— In celebration of Craig's centennial, Black Mountain Theatre will produce "Land of Northern Mystery."

This is a local history in three acts detailing the 'discovery' of Northwest Colorado, heroes such as Kit Carson and his adventures in Brown's Park and Fort Davy Crockett, and the "great diamond swindle of 1872."

The play originally was written by Esther Campbell in 1958 and performed during Craig's 50-year celebration.Original actors were members of the Cattlemen's Association and the Cowbelles.

Auditions for this year's show are at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the Craig Middle School Auditorium.

"Ornery" characters are needed to fill parts such as John Fremont, Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Jedidiah Smith, Phillip Arnold, General Dodge, Franciscan priests Escalante and Dominguez, various miners, explorers and Native Americans. The play is scheduled for mid-April.

Call Cindy at 824-6002 or visit www.blackmountaintheatre.org.

Police seeking public's help on vandalisms

Incidents of vandalism, including graffiti and other markings being placed on private property in downtown Craig and along West 10th Street have been reported to the Craig Police Department the past few months.

Anyone with information about these incidents is to call CrimeStoppers at 824-3535.

Callers may remain anonymous. Callers with information leading to apprehension and prosecution of those involved may be eligible for a cash reward.

'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 localized version of the TV 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 host the show.

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $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 now 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 will provide the dinner, serving prime rib and Cajun salmon.

Hors d'oeuvres start at 6 p.m., with 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 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.

We See D.C. seeks

volunteers for trip

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 still are 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 about 11 p.m. June 7, and participants will return sometime in the early hours of June 14.

There was an informational meeting Jan. 19 at Serendipity Coffee Shop. If you could not make that meeting, call Courtney Jenison at 970-620-0753.

Thirteenth annual

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," a press release says.

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 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 will provide 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 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.

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