Craig briefs for Oct. 11

Local election debates next week

— Nine candidates for five political races that will affect Moffat County's future will appear at 6 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Mall in Craig to debate the issues in front of a live crowd.

KRAI 97.3 and 55 Country will broadcast the debate live on the radio. There will be video of the debate available on www.craigdailypress.com Friday.

The debate is free and open to the public.

The following candidates have committed to appear:

• Colorado Senate District 8

- Republican state Rep. Al White, R-Hayden

- Democrat Ken Brenner, Steamboat Springs

• Colorado House District 57

- Democrat Todd Hagenbuch, Phippsburg

- Republican Randy Baumgardner, Hot Sulphur Springs

• 14th Judicial District Attorney

- Republican Elizabeth Oldham, Grand Lake

- Democrat Tammy Stewart, Steamboat Springs

• Moffat County Commission District 1

- Republican Tom Gray, incumbent

- Democrat Lois Wymore

• Moffat County Commission District 2

- Republican Saed Tayyara, incumbent

Both candidates for U.S. Congressional District 3 (Republican Wayne Wolf, of Cedaredge, and Democratic incumbent John Salazar, of Manassa) have not decided whether they will appear.

Frank Hanel, KRAI and 55 Country owner and general manager, will moderate the debates with Daily Press Publisher Bryce Jacobson.

Residents are encouraged to submit their own questions for the candidates to 2008debate@craigdailypress.com or may call Jacobson at 875-1788.

Hanel and Jacobson will decide which questions to present each candidate. Jacobson said their decisions will be based entirely on what issues apply to each candidate.

For instance, a Moffat County commissioner does not have much authority on national issues, such as abortion or the Wall Street bailout package, so moderators would focus their questions for a Commission candidate on local issues he or she can affect, such as the county's budget plans and relations with the city of Craig.

Teen Read Week kicks off Monday in Craig

The Craig Branch of Moffat County Libraries will join thousands of other libraries in celebrating Teen Read Week from Oct. 13 to 17. This year's theme is Books with Bite @ Your Library.

Moffat County Library staff hopes to increase teen literacy by offering a series of programs during Teen Read Week. Teens are encouraged to invite a friend to join them and attend the following programs in Craig:

• Monday through Friday - Write and display your own book review;

• Monday - From 5 to 6:30 p.m., challenge your family to a board game of your choice;

• Wednesday - At 4 p.m., meet and listen to local writer David Pressgrove as he shares his thoughts, experiences and stories.

Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home, too.

Cardboard regatta postponed to Tuesday

The Moffat County High School Science Olympics Cardboard Regatta Boat Race has been postponed until after school on Tuesday at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The race originally was scheduled for after the homecoming parade Friday, but cool, rainy weather caused its delay.

"We just did not want to take the chance that all of the boats and participants would already be wet before they actually got into the boats that they worked so hard on for the contest," said race coordinator Roger Spears.

For more information, call Spears at 824-7036.

American Legion Garage Sale on Oct. 18

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Indoor Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The public is invited to participate, and people can bring their own table or use the Legion's tables for $10 each.

The American Legion and Sons of the American Legion will sell breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Money raised will help to pay for purchase of the Legion building.

For information, call Mel at 824-3625.

Football player OK after being hit by car

A 10-year-old boy Craig Fire/Rescue officials reported as being struck by a car Tuesday afternoon while wearing his football equipment was treated and released from The Memorial Hospital.

The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Victory Way and Finley Lane. The boy was riding his bike across the street and was struck by a car, and his body hit the car's windshield, Craig Fire/Rescue spokesman Steve Lingo said.

However, the boy was prepared for a collision.

He was on his way to a football game, Lingo said, and was wearing his football helmet and pads.

Firefighters, police and EMS responded to the scene.

TMH spokeswoman Samantha Johnston said the boy was treated and released from the emergency room Tuesday.

Free Car Care Clinic happening today

A free Car Care Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at 1150 W. Ninth St. in Craig for single mothers, seniors and the disabled. This is the First Baptist small group project.

At the clinic, cars will have their fluids checked and topped off, anti-freeze tested, tires aired up and treads checked, along with lights, battery connections, horns and wipers. Discounted oil changes and auto repairs may able be arranged as possible.

The clinic is by appointment only. Call Love INC at 826-4400.

Final hunter education course today, Sunday

Due to the overwhelming respond to the last hunter education class offered, one last class will be offered today and Sunday at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs.

The class will begin at 9 a.m. each day, and attendance is required both days. The fee is $10. Students must pick-up the manual for class prior to the start of class. Student enrollment is limited to 30 students. Register by calling CMC at 870-4444.

For more information call 871-4238 or in the evening after 7 p.m. at 276-2193, and ask for Fran.

Downtown Books hosting author today

Sandi Ault, author of "Wild Inferno," a blazingly exciting mystery about a BLM firefighter, will appear from 2 to 4 p.m. today, at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., in Craig.

Ault will read from and talk about her books, the writing life and living in Colorado.

For more information, call 824-5343.

Open Range showcases cowboy action shooting

The Northwest Colorado Rangers will hold an Open Range Open House from 5 p.m. until it gets dark Tuesday at Bears Ears Shooting Range.

Come on out and see what cowboy action shooting is all about. The Rangers will have a multitude of "cowboy" firearms for attendees to try out, as well as safety glasses and hearing protection. There will be a shooting stage for people to try out, too.

For information, call 272-3238.

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