Craig briefs for Sept. 2

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Weather helps stop fire spread

Rain, cloud cover and higher humidity helped stop the spread of a fire seven miles northwest of Meeker, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release.

The Jordan Fire was 80 percent contained as of Sunday after it had consumed an estimated 971 acres.

"While the fire is not out, managers do not expect measurable growth unless the weather returns to warm and dry conditions," according to the news release.

The 80-percent containment levels pertain to the eastern parcel of the fire, where crews are suppressing the fire to protect private property and infrastructure. The northern and western portions of the blaze are being allowed to burn to benefit the habitat.

Craig VA TeleHealth Clinic closed today

The Veterans Affairs Community Based TeleHealth Clinic in Craig will be closed today to Friday. Patients who use the clinic can schedule appointments through the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center during the closure. Community based outpatient clinic patients who need nonemergency medical advice can call the Grand Junction VAMC nurse line at 970-263-2846 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., these patients should call 970-263-2800 and speak to the operator, who will forward the call as appropriate.

In case of an emergency, or any immediate threat to life, limb or eyesight, patients should call 911.

Inaugural gala takes place Saturday

Marlin Briscoe, former Denver Bronco and the NFL's first African-American quarterback is scheduled to speak at the Moffat County High School inaugural gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the ice rink at Loudy-Simpson Park. The event is a fundraiser for multiple MCHS clubs and will feature an auction with donations from local businesses and will include autographed items from Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson, Olympic Champion Mark Spitz and players from the Baltimore Orioles and the Denver Outlaws.

Proceeds for the gala will benefit multiple MCHS clubs and organizations, including DECA, Future Business Leaders of America, the girls soccer and boys basketball teams, Key Club, ACE Program, choir, band and the MCHS speech and debate club.

Tickets cost $40 a person and can be purchased at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave., or at Moffat County High School, Room 102.

Event organizers also are accepting auction donations. To donate, call Beckey Grabowski at 620-4109.

For more information about the gala, call Schenck at 629-5506 or David Grabowski at 620-4109.

CrimeStoppers seeks information on robbery

A suspect thought to be male robbed the Loaf-N-Jug convenience store, 2441 W. Victory Way, at gunpoint about midnight Thursday, the Craig Police Department reported. The suspect, who was wearing a mask with a hooded sweatshirt, demanded money from the night clerk and left with an undisclosed amount.

Anyone with information about the crime that leads to the apprehension and prosecution of those involved is to call CrimeStoppers at 824-3535. Callers may remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward.

DAR promotes Constitution Week

WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 17 begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution later was adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law No. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration include to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; and inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.

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