Craig briefs for May 8

The Craig Daily Press is accepting nominations for the Teacher of the Year award for one more week.

Residents are invited to nominate their favorite teacher by writing a nomination of no more than 100 words about why he or she deserves the award.

You must include your name for the nomination to be counted.

Nominations may be dropped off at the Daily Press office, 466 Yampa Ave., e-mailed to jraehal@craigdailypress.com or mailed to Craig Daily Press, Attn: Jerry Raehal, P.O. Box 5, Craig, CO 81626. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Friday.

The winner will be decided by the Daily Press editorial board, which includes employees and community members, based on the entries.

Volunteer sought at Integrated Community

Integrated Community is seeking a part-time volunteer for its office at 510 Breeze St.

The volunteer is to assist with data entry, marketing, programs and overall office management.

Call Summer Laws at 824-6424 or 871-4599.

Youth ensemble plays Monday

John Sant 'Ambrogio, former principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony, joins Anna Roder in a special ensemble performance at the Season Finale Concert for the Youth Program of Steamboat Springs Orchestra.

The 25-plus members of the youth ensemble, which includes several young musicians from Craig, performs a musical selection from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #5, to the ultra-modern "Rosin-Eating Zombies from Outer Space" at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Steamboat Christian Center. All tickets are $5 at the door. Call 870-3223.

YVEA settles rate case with Xcel

Yampa Valley Electric Association has settled its rate case with Xcel Energy, according to a YVEA news release.

YVEA's rate will increase, but the association "will not pass on the rate increase to its customers," the release stated.

The rate case was filed by Xcel Energy on Feb. 1, 2008. The original filing requested an increase in the wholesale rate to YVEA of $2.7 million - about a 10 percent increase in the rate.

The final settlement resulted in a $1.25 million a year increase, according to the release.

Lawrence D. Covillo, YVEA president and general manager, said the Associations Board of Directors elected to absorb the increase and not pass it on to members.

School district offering graduation ride

In an effort to help parents, family members and community members with a smoother arrival and additional parking space for commencement exercises, the Moffat County School District, in cooperation with Craig K-Mart, will be offering free shuttles from the K-Mart parking lot on graduation day, which is May 24.

Starting at 9 a.m., the Moffat County School District transportation department will begin running shuttles between the high school's front entrance and the K-Mart parking lot.

An area for parking will be designated at K-Mart for this event and shuttles will run every few minutes until the designated parking area is full.

Following commencement exercises, shuttles will run for 30 minutes to take patrons back to the their cars.

Call Jim Baptist at 824-5511 or Mike Taylor at 824-5522.

Pitch, Hit and Run competition

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig hosts a Pitch, Hit and Run competition from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Pitch, Hit and Run is Major League Baseball's official skill competition.

Youths ages 7 to 14 can compete. All participants must have a copy of a birth certificate to compete. Call Mike at 826-0411.

Fire District board elects officials

Former Craig Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Nichols was elected to the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board in Tuesday's election.

The night also saw board incumbents Byron Willems and Alan Webber re-elected to their seats.

The election's top three vote-getters won seats. Board incumbent John Whinery came in fourth.

The Fire District board governs the Fire Department and Fire District, deciding on all matters of budget and policy. The board meets the third Thursday of every month at the Fire Department building at 419 Yampa Ave.

The other two Fire District board seats, currently filled by Tony Maneotis and John Forgay, will be up for election in 2010.

Search and Rescue Awareness Month

Under declaration by Gov. Bill Ritter, May is Colorado Search and Rescue Awareness Month.

The declaration came about as an effort to bring attention to search and rescue missions across the state and encourage outdoorsmen to purchase the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue Card.

The state reimburses local authorities' operational expenses when they conduct search and rescue missions through the Search and Rescue Fund, administered by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

The fund is sustained through private purchases of fishing and hunting licenses, the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp, registration of off-highway vehicles, boats or snowmobiles and the purchase of the Search and Rescue Card.

The card does not provide insurance for people hurt or stranded in the wilderness and will not cover medical or lost work expenses.

However, if local authorities rescue someone with a valid Search and Rescue Card, it is more likely to be reimbursed than an agency that rescues someone without a valid card.

Cards also are a way for outdoorsmen who do not hunt or operate off-road vehicles to contribute to search and rescue funds.

Cards are available for $3 for one year and $12 for five years. The closest card vendors to Moffat County are the Rio Blanco Sheriff's Office in Meeker and the Yampa River State Park, at 6185 W. U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden.

Cards may be purchased online at www.dola.state.co.us/dlg/fa/sar.

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