Craig briefs for Oct. 17

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Cammi Montieth, a Craig resident and owner of Nutrition Response Testing Center, will preview her new book, "Get Real," from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

In "Get Real," Montieth provides "easy to follow advice and soul-searching exercises to build confidence in simple, but powerful ways to feel accepted and love yourself," according to a press release from Downtown Books.

The book is geared toward women.

"Get Real" provides information about "how to truly identify the inner self."

The special preview Oct. 25 is free, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Downtown Books at 824-5343.

Moffat County Commission items

At its Tuesday meeting, the Moffat County Commission:

• Discussed the county's 2009 proposed budget. For a complete copy of the budget, see Wednesday's article, "Existing services top priority list; funding new projects at bottom," at craigdailypress.com.

• Approved a $4,185 low bid from Grand Junction Pipe and Supply Company for a 6-inch main water line to service two new soccer fields at Loudy-Simpson Park, with the caveat that the county consult with Hamilton rancher Jake Hamill beforehand.

Hamill has experience with irrigation systems.

The Commission believes that something may be wrong with water pumps at the park, or that the pipe network needs some renovations. Members said they do not want to pay for a 6-inch pipe that may only band-aid a broken system.

Tammy Seela, Parks and Recreation director, also said the ice arena compressors that keep the ice rink frozen have been overloading and turning off. They will need some maintenance soon, she said.

• Approved a $34,000 bid from McMahan and Associates to handle auditing services for the county. It was the only bid received in time.

Survival Seminar

happening Oct. 23

A public Survival Seminar will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 in the basement of St. Michael Catholic Church. Everyone from the community is welcome to come learn about survival in situations involving their vehicles, homes and the wilderness.

Instruction will be given about what someone needs to know how to survive in an emergency, such as when someone is stranded in their vehicle on one of the four roads leading in and out of Craig, especially in a winter storm; surviving in one's home during a major catastrophic emergency; and how to spend several nights lost in the wilderness and surive.

There will be a "snack-luck" event, with attendees asked to bring light snacks, such as veggies and dip, fruit, cold cuts, dessert or cookies.

For information, call Ken Davis at 824-6109.

Postage extra for mailed ballots

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 up 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.

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