Craig briefs for March 26

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County offices closed for funeral

— County offices for the Clerk and Recorder, the treasurer and the assessor will be closed today from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Employees of those offices plan to attend funeral services for Ralph Razzano, who died Friday.

Razzano worked for the county for a number of years, said Commissioner Tom Mathers, who expressed his condolences along with commissioners Saed Tayyara and Tom Gray.

Razzano's son, Robert, serves as the current Moffat County Treasurer.

Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Internment will follow at Craig Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church in care of Grant Mortuary.

Editorial Board seeking members

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.

Hayden museum seeks 'unique' collections

The Hayden Heritage Museum has an opening for an exhibit this summer for anyone with an "outstanding or unique vintage collection," the museum reported in a news release.

"Whether it is baby bottles or vintage aprons, pocket knives or mining tools, call the museum to see if your special collection could earn you 'bragging rights' this summer," curator Mary Pat Dunn wrote.

The featured collection will be on display from mid-May through the end of September and will be the museum's highlighted exhibit for the season.

Applications for the display space are due Monday. For more information, call 276-4380.

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.

Hospice fundraiser comes close to goal

Area hospice program staff and volunteers raised $1,962 during the "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.

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