Craig briefs for Oct. 14

Residents who plan to vote with a mail-in ballot in the Nov. 4 general election should be aware that their ballot will cost more than a single 42-cent stamp.

With two pages and a security sleeve, this year's ballot is heavy enough that residents need to pay for 59 cents in postage.

Those who plan to mail their ballot to the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder's Office should put the full amount of postage on their ballots before sending them, Clerk and Recorder Elaine Sullivan said.

About two out of every three mail-in ballots her office has received so far has not had the right amount of postage. In each case, the county has to pay the difference to the Craig Post Office.

With the number of mail-in ballots requested across the county - more than 900 by last count - paying for postage could hurt the Clerk and Recorder's Office budget, Sullivan said.

Registered voters may request the county mail a ballot to their residence until Oct. 28, the Tuesday before Election Day. They also may pick up a mail-in ballot until Oct. 31 by appearing in person at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in the County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way.

The Clerk and Recorder's Office must receive all mail-in ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots postmarked Nov. 4 that are not received by 7 p.m. will not be counted.

Church to host chili supper Friday

St. Mark's Episcopal and Lutheran Church of Grace will host a chili supper from 5 to 7;30 p.m. Friday at the church, 657 Green St. Chili, and dessert will be offered. For $10, attendees can enter a drawing for a Kansas turkey hunt. A free will offering also will be taken at the event. Proceeds benefit the church. For more information, call 824-3470.

Preschool scholarships available until Oct. 30

Scholarships for free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds still are available through the Moffat County School District until Oct. 30. Applying only takes five minutes.

To apply for free tuition at one of two different preschools, call 970-824-6279 or email sarah.hepworth@moffatsd.org.

"Fall Feasts of Israel" presentation Oct. 21

Jeffrey Kran, a representative of Chosen People Ministries, will be speaking at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at The Journey at First Baptist Church, 1150 W. Ninth Street. The meeting is open to the public.

Kran will present the program, "The Fall Feasts of Israel."

Kran was born in Chicago in 1962 and raised by secular Jewish parents. He came to the Christian faith in 1982 through "a study of the evidence for the truth of Scripture, particularly Messianic prophecy," according to Chosen People Ministries. "Since then, he has been active in Bible teaching, conference speaking and congregation planning."

Chosen People Ministries is a more than 100-year-old mission that currently has outreach centers in various countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada and the United States.

"In stressing the Jewish roots of Christian faith, Chosen People Ministries hopes to make the message of the Messiah more accessible to Jewish people and also : help Christian believers achieve a greater appreciation of the Jewish basis of their own faith traditions," according to a news release from Chosen People Ministries.

A love offering will be taken at the event. For more information, call 824-5926.

Teen Read Week starts today at library

Teen Read Week kicks off today at the Craig branch of the Moffat County Libraries. Starting today and continuing through Friday, local teenagers can write and display their own book reviews at the library, 570 Green St. Families also can play board games at the library from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, local writer, Dave Pressgrove, will share his thoughts, experiences and stories at the library.

Teen Read Week is designed to increase teen literacy. This year's theme is "Books with Bite @ your library."

In conjunction with Teen Read Week, the library also is encouraging teenagers to participate in the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. The program, which is sponsored by World Wrestling Entertainment and the Young Adult Library Services Association, encourages teens to read 10 items in their leisure time before Jan. 15, 2009. Participants can win prizes, including a trip to WrestleMania and money for their local library.

For more information about Teen Read Week programs offered at the library, call Christy Gonzales, Moffat County Libraries programs coordinator, at 824-5116, extension 405.

Political candidates debate Oct. 16 in Craig

Nine candidates for five political races that will affect Moffat County's future plan to appear at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 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 craigdailypress.com Oct. 17.

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 they 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.

MCHS cardboard

regatta race today

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

The race was originally 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.

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