Craig briefs for Oct. 18

Because of a lack of staff, the Independent Life Center will be changing its hours of operation, with shorter hours on Mondays and Fridays.

Starting Oct. 20, ILC will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Staff will not answer phones, nor do business with the public, Monday mornings or Friday afternoons. ILC will continue to be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The van will continue operating 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Van riders need to call ahead for appointments.

When ILC's staffing problems are solved, the plan is to resume previous hours of operation.

For more information, call ILC at 1-888-526-0833.

LEAP to process applications Nov. 1

The Moffat County Department of Social Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be processing applications starting Nov. 1 and running through April 30, 2009.

LEAP is designed to HELP low-income households meet their winter home heating costs; it does not pay the entire cost of home heating. For most households, LEAP benefits will be paid directly to the utility company or fuel supplier.

To be eligible for benefits, households must pay heating costs to a utility company or fuel supplier or pay heating costs as part of their rent. Household income may not exceed 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. (The maximum monthly income for a household of one is $1,604, a household of two is $2,159, and a household of three is $2,714 per month.) Resources, such as bank accounts, property and vehicles, are not considered. Applicants must meet and provide documentation for citizenship/alien status and state residency requirements.

To receive LEAP benefits, fill out a LEAP application. Households who currently are receiving other benefits administered by Social Services will be mailed an application, as well as households who received LEAP benefits the prior year. Beginning Nov. 1, you may view and print an application online at www.cdhs.state.co.us and click on the link for LEAP under the State Search section. Applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent heating bill or a rent receipt and proof of income for the current or previous month.

For more information regarding LEAP, call toll-free 1-866-432-8435.

Local 'Dirty Jobs' episode to air Tuesday

An episode of the Discovery Channel program "Dirty Jobs" featuring Villard Ranch is scheduled to broadcast at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 on the Discovery Channel. In May, the show's crew filmed the show featuring local ranchers Melody and Albert Villard at their ranch north of Craig.

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