Craig briefs for March 20

Coloradans encouraged to buy flood insurance

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— If you live in a flood prone area, buying flood insurance is the best thing you can do to protect your home, your business, your family and your financial security, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS lists the following reasons to purchase flood insurance:

• Losses due to flooding are not covered under typical homeowner's and business insurance policies. You should buy a separate policy covering floods.

• When floods destroy homes, owners are left without a place to live, but still are obligated to pay off their mortgages.

• Flood insurance protects the equity built up in a person's property, covers damage from flooding and helps the insured recover quickly and completely after a flood.

• You can depend on being reimbursed for flood damages even if the President does not declare a federal disaster.

• Floods occur in every part of the nation and are the most common natural disaster in the United States. There is a 26 percent chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared to a 9 percent chance of fire.

• In 2007, a third of all flood insurance claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in low-risk communities.

Now that you know the reasons for purchasing flood insurance :

• Contact your insurance agent now. There is a 30-day waiting period for new policies.

• To find an insurance agent and obtain other flood insurance information, go to FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.floodsmart.com.

Hospice fundraiser close to achieving goal

Area hospice program staff and volunteers raised $1,962 during Tuesday's "Heralds of Hope" fundraiser, said Kris Bye, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association volunteer coordinator. The sum fell slightly short of the program's $2,000 goal.

All proceeds from the one-day fundraiser will be used to support programs and purchase materials for the hospice program, which provides in-home care and support for those in the last stage of life.

Hospice Daffodils still are available in Steamboat Springs at the Visiting Nurse Association and Alpine Floral. Your purchase of one or more bunches of flowers supports Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Northwest Colorado. Cost is $5 a bunch. For more information, call the VNA at 879-1632.

Community members still can make donations to the hospice program at the VNA's Craig office at 745 Russell St. Checks should be made payable to "Hospice." For more information, call 871-7660.

BLM to burn trees on Cedar Mountain

The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is scheduled to burn slash piles of juniper trees thinned from around communication towers on Cedar Mountain, northwest of Craig. The burning will take place during the next two weeks, if weather is favorable.

Thinning was completed by hand crews in 2006 to provide wildfire protection for the communication sites.

Cedar Mountain is located on BLM public land four miles northwest of Craig, off Moffat County Road 7.

There are about 50 small slash piles scattered throughout the 5.5 acres surrounding the two sites. Ignition will begin mid-morning and finish by late afternoon. Smoke may be visible from County Road 7.

The burn is the last stage of a project originally planned to reduce the fuel loading or density of flammable juniper trees around the radio and cell phone towers on top of Cedar Mountain. The project will lower the fire intensity, should a wild fire occur, and reduce the risk of damage to area facilities and allow for easier fire control.

For more information, call Skidmore at 826-5031.

Craig depot to air in television broadcast

Television station KCNC 4 Denver is scheduled to air a broadcast featuring the Craig depot and other historic sites across the state between 9:30 and 10 p.m. March 22. If the segment is canceled, it will be aired at 9:30 p.m. March 29 instead. Colorado Preservation Inc. selected the Craig depot for its 2008 Colorado's Most Endangered Places list last month.

First dog competition slated for September

Craig's first Disc Dog competition will take place Sept. 27. Honey Rock Dogs will host the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Moffat County.

The competition is open to any owner or dog team in a variety of classes.

"Whether you have a champion disc catcher or just a casual fetcher, plan to join the fun," Honey Rock Dogs reported in a news release. "Two free throwing/catching clinics will be offered this spring and summer to help prepare contestants.

For more information, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

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