Craig briefs for March 24

— The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins April 7, 2008.

Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the paper's opinion piece for the following Wednesday and Saturday papers. Editorial Board terms are for three months.

To apply, contact editor Jerry Raehal at 875-1790, or e-mail jraehal@craigdailypress.com.

Grooming and trail marking season over

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club has announced that the club has ended its grooming and trail marking season for 2007-08. Snow on the mountain is excellent, but trailhead access is becoming muddy, according to a news release.

Bowling association to sponsor tournament

The Northwest Colorado Bowling Association will sponsor an open bowling tournament at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 12 and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

The tournament is open to any member with a valid United States Bowling Congress card. Entries close at 9 p.m. April 11 and may be obtained at the bowling center. For more information, call 824-7974.

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 week, 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.

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.

A look at the 'War in the West'

The Rocky Mountain Civil War Round Table and the Community College of Aurora present the inaugural Rocky Mountain Civil War Symposium, "The War in the West - 1862 to 1863" on Saturday, April 5. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community College of Aurora campus, 16000 E. Centre Tech Parkway.

Breakfast begins at 8 a.m.

Authors scheduled to speak are:

• James Lee McDonough, author of "Nashville: The Western Confederacy's Final Gamble."

• Sam Davis Elliott, author of "Soldier of Tennessee: General Alexander P. Stewart and the Civil War in the West."

• Timothy B. Smith, author of "The Untold Story of Shiloh: The Battle and the Battlefield."

• Kenneth Noe, author of "Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle."

• Matt Spruill, author of Winter Lighting: A Guide to the Battle of Stones River."

Admission is $50 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is March 28.

For more information, call the Rocky Mountain Civil War Round Table at (720) 840-1416 or (303) 986-8839, or email at rockymtncwrt@aol.com.

High school play coming in April

The Moffat County High School Theater Department presents "Charley's Aunt" by Brandon Thomas on three dates - April 2, 3 and 5 - in the high school auditorium.

Show times on all three days are at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. showing April 5. Tickets cost $5 for general admission. High school students are admitted free with student ID.

Free HIV, STD testing

Free, confidential, rapid HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing and counseling will be available free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 31 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell St. Each screening takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

No appointments are necessary, and all screenings are confidential.

Those who should be tested for HIV and other STDs include anyone who can answer "Yes," to any of the following questions, according to a news release.

• "Are you in a new relationship?"

• "Do you think you are at risk for a sexually transmitted disease?"

• "Do you have more than one sexual partner?"

• "Have you had sex with a man or woman who has had other partners?"

• "Have you shared injection drug needles for any reason, or had sex with someone who has?"

• "Have you had unprotected sex?"

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