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Law authorizes anthem salute

Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform now can render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

"The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation's armed forces," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. "This provision allows the application of that honor in all events involving our nation's flag."

The new provision improves upon a little-known change in federal law last year that authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, but it did not address salutes during the national anthem. Last year's provision also applied to members of the armed forces while not in uniform.

Traditionally, members of the nation's veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag while wearing their organization's official head-gear.

The most recent change, authorizing hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel, was sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, an Army veteran. It was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed Oct. 14.

Local western/folk musician releases CD

Local musician Ben Longwell has released his first CD, "One Life." Longwell performs all the songs and plays all the instruments on this CD.

Most of the songs, including the music and the lyrics, were written and produced by Longwell. With a western/folk style, this music encourages the listener to slow down, rest a bit and reflect.

"In these days of intensity and stress, it is important to stop and express gratefulness to God and those he has put in our lives," Longwell said about his work, "and we need to know what we believe and why."

Longwell is a Craig native; his mother home-schooled him here, along with his 11 siblings.

He worked with his brother, Jon, on local ranches, and traveled to China and Israel on mission trips. On one of those China trips, he met his wife, Natalie, a missionary from New Zealand.

They were married in 2008 and now make their home in Moffat County.

A cowboy at heart, Longwell continued his education with horses and now trains horses full time with Joe Willingham.

The CD is available at Downtown Books in Craig. Call 824-5343 for more information. Ben Longwell can be contacted at Vaquero.91@hotmail.com.

Three Tenors perform this Sunday in Craig

Singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache, from a melting serenade to a spine-tingling 'high C', the tenor voice romances its listeners.

In the Craig Concert Association's case, the romance is tripled with three tenors; all young, talented, classically trained vocalists with a strength for spirited storytelling. This trio, Romanza, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Moffat County High School Auditorium.

Romanza is Philip Grant, Todd Jang and Frederik Robert. They are experienced tenors charged with vitality and talent, born to entertain on the international stage. In addition to reinvigorating opera hits, Italian favorites, and popular folk songs live, the trio also released their own album, Genuine, in 2006. Successfully bridging the gap between Opera and Pop, Romanza is accessible to music lovers of all kinds.

Tickets for Romanza are $20 at the door, or purchase a $30 membership for the season. For more information, call Julie Dempster at 824-5251.

Craig creates new bulk water sales system

The city of Craig recently instituted a new bulk water sales system for those who buy large amounts of water for businesses or homes. The new system is more consumer-friendly, city Finance Director Bruce Nelson said. Prepaid water accounts are kept on file at City Hall, which will prevent problems with lost money.

Bulk water stations - at either 1775 Yampa Ave. or 1100 W. First St. - also offer options for Visa and Mastercard payment through debit or credit cards, which was not possible before. Those with water cards for the old system will need to purchase a new prepaid card for $5 if they wish to continue using a water card. They also may have their money refunded and use Visa or Mastercards for free.

Residents do not need a city account to purchase water.

For more information, call City Hall at 826-2005.

DOW holding hunter 'Crash Course' today

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a Hunter Education "Crash Course" from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Maybell Community Center in Maybell. No late admittance will be allowed.

Participants of this course will receive a temporary Hunter Education Card valid until Dec. 31.

This also will be a completion class for the Internet Course. Any participants who have completed the Hunter Ed course online and bring all of the required paperwork with them will have the opportunity to get their permanent Hunter Education Card.

To pre-register, or for more information, call 970-272-3238.

VA changes health care enrollment forms

Veterans service officers, social workers and others who assist veterans with enrollments into the Veterans Affairs Health Care System are asked to ensure they have the latest version of VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits. The new form is dated March 2008. Older forms do not ask for all newly required information. For replacement forms or details call 970-242-0731, ext. 2542 or ext. 2462.

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