Craig briefs for Sept. 11

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At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Renewed the 3.2 percent beer retail liquor license for Pizza Hut at 1070 W. Victory Way.

• Approved a proclamation declaring Sept. 22 as "Denver Broncos Day" in Craig. Craig was selected as one of eight cities to be visited by Broncos alumni, cheerleaders, Super Bowl trophies and rings. The City Council's resolution recognized the Broncos' 41-13 win against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 8.

• Approved the second reading of a Land Use Code amendment, which allows churches and other religious service facilities to be built in areas zoned community commercial.

• Heard the introduction of an ordinance amending the Craig Municipal Code regarding the reduction of assessed license points for traffic violations. After a "timely" payment, traffic tickets that usually would assess 2 or 3 license points are reduced to 1 point. The amendment does not apply to people younger than 18, who are still required to appear in front of the municipal judge.

• Approved a resolution adopting the 2006 International Fire Code. Because the Craig Rural Fire Protection District previously adopted the code, the City Council is able to adopt the same code by one-time resolution and make the code applicable within city limits.

• Appointed Councilor Terry Carwile to the Colorado Municipal League 2008-2009 Policy Committee. Councilors Gene Bilodeau and Ray Beck were appointed as alternates.

Fund set up for disabled veterans

Gar Williams said he believes in veterans helping veterans.

Williams, American Legion Department of Colorado commander, is proud that his was the first state chapter in the country to support the Huey 091 Foundation's program to provide disabled soldiers with Johnson & Johnson iBOT wheelchairs.

The chairs are new to the market and allow the user a previously unseen amount of maneuverability, said Charles Bogle, director of Colorado Initiatives for the Huey Foundation.

iBOT chairs can climb stairs, go over any kind of ground surface and can raise the user up so they don't have to feel stuck to the ground, he said.

"Rather than the person in a conventional wheelchair looking up at the whole world, they can look people eyeball to eyeball," Bogle said. "This piece of equipment is life-changing."

The foundation's first presentation to a veteran is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo. Pvt. Cody Becker, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a training exercise at Ft. Carson, will receive the chair.

Bogle said each chair costs about $24,000. The foundation depends on private donations to buy them.

Residents interested in learning more about the program and the foundation can call Bogle at 719-371-0048.

Residents can mail donations to:

America's Huey 091

Education Foundation Inc.

c/o Gary Lawson

Strasburger & Price, LLC

901 Main St., Suite 4400

Dallas, Texas 75270

Cub Scout meeting to be held next week

Cub Scout Pack No. 166 in Craig will host an information/registration night next week for boys in the first through fifth grades.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the American Legion Post No. 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Fliers with additional information also will be distributed at area elementary schools.

For more information, call Randy or Cindy Looper at 826-4444 or e-mail elkruninn@yahoo.com.

VNA to offer mourning, grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is scheduled to host grief and mourning education and support groups this month. The first group starts at noon Sept. 16 at the VNA's Craig office, 745 Russell St. The group is open to most bereaved people, including those who have lost their spouse, family members, close friends or jobs, or experienced the effects of severe trauma from other causes. A group for bereaved mothers starts at noon Sept. 25 at the VNA's Craig office. The group is open to women who have lost a child in miscarriage, stillbirth or shortly after birth. There are no age limitations for attendees.

Group members will begin getting to know one another and their needs during the first meetings. Session lengths may run from 60 to 90 minutes. The number of sessions offered will depend on group members' needs. For more information, call Neil Folks at 326-8726.

ESL placement test Monday and Tuesday

Integrated Community is scheduled to sponsor weekly English as a Second Language classes starting Sept. 22 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. Classes for beginners are scheduled to take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. Advanced and intermediate classes take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The three-month program costs $50.

Mandatory placement test for the classes are scheduled for 9 a.m.Monday and Tuesday at St. Michael Catholic Church. For more information, call Integrated Community at 824-6424.

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