Craig briefs for July 11

Volunteer teachers wanted

— Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers to help teach new English as a Second Language classes. Classes will include instruction on reading, speaking and writing English. A volunteer teacher training is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon July 23 at Integrated Community's Craig office, 510 Breeze St. No experience is required and no foreign language skills are needed. Snacks and beverages will be served. To register or for more information, call 824-6424.

MCTA awarded $5,000

Moffat County Tourism Association board members said they want to spend money to get money.

The Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, an advocacy group for the state's five northwest counties, awarded MCTA with $5,000 in matching tourism funds.

MCTA must submit receipts to earn any matching funds, which AGNC said would be matched dollar for dollar.

Qualifying expenditures include several projects, such as mail campaigns, trade show promotions, visiting businesses or special events.

Board members said they would like to use the money to fund an attractions brochure for the county. The booklet would let visitors and locals know about outdoor recreation areas.

Hospital receives two national awards

If patient approval is any indicator, then the Yampa Valley Medical Center is doing some things right.

YVMC received two patient satisfaction awards from Avatar International, a health care evaluation company, according to a YVMC news release.

The hospital received Avatar's "Exemplary Service - Overall Best Performer" award for the sixth consecutive year, which places YVMC in the top 12 hospitals in Avatar's national database.

The release states the award combines patient feedback on inpatient, outpatient, day surgery and emergency services and is not based on hospital size.

YVMC also received the highest score among hospitals with 100 or fewer beds for Avatar's "Five-Star Service Loyalty and Endorsement" award.

The second award, based on emergency care, measures patients' likelihood of returning for more treatment and recommending the hospital to others.

Volunteers needed for Balloon Rodeo

Volunteers are needed at the 28th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo from 5 to 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. No experience is necessary.

Volunteers receive a free 2008 event T-shirt. Please call Kristi at 875-7006 or stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitor Center, 1255 South Lincoln Avenue, to sign up.

Dinner fundraiser for Relay for Life

The Rack Pack Relay for Life team will host a dinner fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 1111 W. Victory Way, to raise money for cancer research. Margaritas will be on sale for two for the price of one.

Twenty-five percent of the proceeds go to Relay for Life.

Church accepting pre-registration for VBS

Craig Christian Church is currently accepting pre-registration for its Vacation Bible School program scheduled to take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon July 14 to 17 at the church, 960 W. Victory Way. Pre-registration will be accepted today from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. at the church. Parents also can register their children by calling the church at 824-6024.

The Vacation Bible School program, entitled "God's Big Backyard," is open to children in kindergarten through high school. Kindergarten-age children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1 to apply. For more information, call Ruth at 824-6024.

Volunteers needed for Relay for Life

The Rotary Club of Craig is looking for volunteers to help with the activities of Relay for Life.

The group will work on the event's traffic control and registration from 3 to 6 p.m. July 18. From 6 to 9 p.m., volunteers will help with the setup of luminarias around the Moffat County High School track.

Volunteers also are needed for cleanup duties and additional traffic control from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 19. For more information on sign-up, call Gene Bilodeau at 824-1103.

Cardiology services to begin July 22

Dr. William Baker, cardiologist for Heart Center of the Rockies, will see patients in Craig every Tuesday beginning July 22. Office visit for general cardiology will be available at Kinder Family Clinic, 595 Russell St. To make an appointment, call 870-1035.

Dr. Baker is part of Heart Center of the Rockies' team of 18 cardiologists, two cardiovascular surgeons and staff, according to a news release from the Heart Center. The institution also conducts advanced cardiac evaluations at the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. For more information about the Heart Center of the Rockies, visit www.heartcenteroftherockies.com.

Friday blacksmith shows at Wyman

In its efforts to show visitors a glimpse of "living history," the Wyman Museum plans to have blacksmith demonstrations every Friday this summer.

Dalton Reed, of Clark, has worked for the museum for about five years, Curator Nicky Boulger said, and has wanted to show off his craft for a while.

After searching, the museum purchased a blacksmith shop out of Walden for Reed to use.

"This is a living history museum," Boulger said, "and we want people to be able to watch how things were made in the old days, exactly as they were made."

Reed plans to make several things, including tools, a dinner bell and a tomahawk out of a railroad spike.

Boulger added he would take requests from visitors, who can purchase the items and materials from Reed at his shop at the museum.

Reed expects to demonstrate his skills from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday from now through September or October, Boulger said.

Alumni Association accepting building aid

The Browns Park School Alumni Association is planning to refurbish the Browns Park School building, located about 90 miles west of Craig on Highway 318. Upcoming projects include painting the outside of the building. For more information or to get involved, call (970) 365-3655.

Humane Society to host annual garage sale

The Humane Society of Moffat County now is accepting donations for its annual garage sale scheduled for July 26.

Call Ann at 826-2717 or 326-8133 for more information. The Humane Society is not accepting large appliances or clothes.

Library to sell bags of books

The Moffat County Library will sell bags of books for $1 each Wednesday. The bag will be made up of a varied and plentiful assortment of used books. All books on displays marked "Friends of the Library" are included in the sale. You can check the displays weekly as those items will continue to rotate. Call 824-5116 for more information.

Puppy training classes scheduled start Tuesday

Head Start Puppy Trainings are scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, 29 and Aug. 5 at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. Classes cover various topics, including helping puppies socialize with other dogs and children. The series of four classes cost $125.

Participants should bring the following items to each class:

• A blanket or rug where puppy has a familiar "spot" to stay.

• Folding chairs for each member of the family.

• Plastic bags for doggie clean-up.

• A "stuffable" dog toy, such as Kongs and Goodie Ships and Hollow Bones.

• Good-tasting soft (not crunchy) dog treats.

• A water bowl for puppies.

• A pencil for taking notes.

• A "doggy bag" to contain supplies.

Family members are welcomed to attend. An Ultimate Puppy Tool Kit will be supplied and is included in the cost of the class. For more information, call Sandra Kruczek at 824-4189 or Laura Tyler at 824-5148.

Fiesta Vacation Bible School at area churches

Five area churches are joining together for Fiesta Vacation Bible School. Churches involved are First Congregational Church, Friendship United Methodist Church, Lutheran Church of Grace, St. Mark's Episcopal Church and St. Michael Catholic Church. Classes will take place from 8:30 to noon on July 21 to 25 at St. Michael. For more information, call Debbie Frazier at 824-2124.

Historical Fund to host free workshop in Craig

The State Historical Fund is scheduled to host a free workshop on funding historic preservation projects at 10 a.m. July 21 in the basement of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. The focus of the workshops is to help people better understand the State Historical Fund's grants program. Workshop topics will include planning a State Historical Fund project and eligibility requirements for applicants and projects. Space is limited and prior registration is suggested. To register or for more information, call (303) 866-2825 or visit www.coloradohistory.org and click first on the "State Historical Fund" link, followed by the "application sessions" link.

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