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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broncos to visit Boys & Girls Club on Sept. 22
On Sept. 22, the Denver Broncos Football Club will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to thank fans for their support of the team, according to a news release from the team. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., the public is invited to meet Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot, Ring of Fame member Billy Thompson and view the team's Super Bowl trophies and enjoy other activities.
"I've always been amazed and humbled by the tremendous support we receive from our fans," Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in the release. "We know that when we take the field, we represent not just the Denver Broncos organization, but the entire city of Denver, state of Colorado, Rocky Mountain region and other proud citizens of Broncos Country all around the world.
"I wish we could bring the entire team, but the players and coaches are all busy getting ready for the season. Hopefully, the folks will still enjoy what we can do this time of year and know how much we appreciate them."
The event will feature a presentation of a Broncos Country flag to Craig Mayor Don Jones. Another flag will be on hand for fans to sign, which the team will take back to INVESCO Field, where the flag will be displayed for years to come, according to the news release. The event is free and will feature autographs, photo opportunities, games and a raffle for Broncos prizes.
Local band releases new country album
"High Country" is the latest offering from the John Wayne Band, which includes Wayne Davis, John Allen, his son, Wayde Allen, daughter-in-law Jodie Allen and grandson James Allen.
Allen Audio produced, arranged and recorded the CD, which is now available at the Museum of Northwest Colorado and Downtown Books.
"This is the toe-tapping sound of Moffat County - driving down dusty roads, coming upon a herd of elk or black cows scattered across the landscape," according to a news release. "If you love the John Wayne Band in person, you'll enjoy this music."
The band plays old favorites like "Four Walls," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "Loving Her Was Easier," and also original songs like "High Country Woman," and "Mountain Harmony."
Daily Press editorial board seeks members
The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins Oct 1.
Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the paper's opinion piece for the following Wednesday and Saturday papers. Editorial board terms last three months.
To apply, call Editor Jennifer L. Grubbs at 875-1790, or e-mail email@example.com.
Sportsman Information Center looking to compile list for hunters
The Craig Chamber of Commerce's Sportsman Information Center has received a number of requests from hunters seeking private land access. They typically ask for a list of property owners who have obtained private land vouchers from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. Due to privacy restrictions, the DOW is not able to disclose the names of property owners who hold vouchers.
The Craig Chamber of Commerce is interested in compiling a list of property owners who hold private land vouchers and are willing to make those vouchers available for purchase by prospective hunters.
Interested voucher holders should contact the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689 or 824-3046 to reach the Sportsman Information desk.
Requests can also be mailed to the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO, 81625.
Openings on Thursday Mixed Doubles League
The Thursday Mixed Doubles League still has openings. For more information, call Phyllis or Thunder Rolls at 824-2695.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center looking for low income veterans
The Grand Junction Veterans Medical Center is looking for low income veterans who might qualify for medical care based on income.
Currently, the income threshold for a single veteran with no dependants is $28,429 and $34,117 for a married veteran. The threshold is $1,909 higher for each additional dependant a veteran has. Qualified low income veterans do not have to have a service connected disability to receive care.
To be eligible for care, a veteran must have been discharged under honorable conditions.
For more information call (970) 242-0731, ext. 2407 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. After business hours callers should ask the operator to put them through to customer relations voice mail.
VNA one-year participant in reading program
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recently celebrated its first anniversary of participating in Reach Out and Read, a national literacy program. VNA has distributed close to 1500 books to scores of children since this past year at their offices in Steamboat Springs, Craig and Walden.
The VNA is one of 120 programs in Colorado that participate in Reach Out and Read, which benefits more than 81,000 infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Colorado annually.
The VNA has participated in the program since 2007.
"Reach Out and Read trains health providers to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at check-ups from six months to five years," according to a news release from the VNA. "Through Reach Out and Read, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 new, carefully chosen books and a parent who has heard at every health supervision visit about the importance of books and reading."
The program provides bilingual books in12 languages. For more information about the VNA's Reach Out and Read program, call 824-8233.
Yampa Valley Chorus seeking new director (added 9/2)
The multiple award-winning Yampa Valley Chorus is looking for a skilled musician, male or female, to be its new director. Although the chorus is part of Sweet Adelines International, barbershop experience is not required.
The chorus meets at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Sunset Elementary School Music Room and rehearses for about three hours. The chorus is planning a Christmas concert for the first part of December, and its annual show usually is in February.
The chorus also competes every year in a seven-state region. This year's competition is April 30 through May 2 in Colorado Springs. The chorus also occasionally performs in the community when the occasion arises.
The chorus would like its new director, in addition to helping bring its repertory songs up to performance caliber, to teach warm-ups with proper vocal exercises and correct vocal technique.
The chorus would make available all educational programs available through the organization.
Anyone interested in the position should call Brenda Hershiser at 824-5993 or Jeanne Stalcar at 824-7640.
CrimeStoppers seeking information on armed robbery (Added 8/29)
A suspect thought to be male robbed the Loaf-N-Jug convenience store, 2441 W. Victory Way, at gunpoint about midnight Thursday, Aug. 28, 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.
Mud Run canceled
The annual Mud Run event, scheduled for Sept. 13, has been canceled, due largely to soccer field construction at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Crash still under investigation
A single-engine air tanker crash still is under investigation, the Bureau of Land Management reported in a news release.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. Wednesday (8-27) while responding to a fire 20 miles northwest of Meeker that was reported at 10:25 a.m.
"The pilot was flown to Grand Junction with apparently minor injuries after walking away from the crash," the BLM reported.
Meeker Volunteer Fire and Ambulance responded to the crash.
The pilot has been released from the hospital after having suffered minor injuries, said David Boyd, BLM public affairs specialist for Northwest Colorado. The pilot's name is being withheld.
BLM officials said more information on the investigation would be released as it becomes available.
Head start on Head Start
Craig Head Start is accepting applications for the 2008-09 program year. Children who turn age 3 or 4 before Aug. 31 are eligible.
Call 824-9307 for more information.
City-adopted Alcohol Retailer Toolkits available
The Youth Wellness Initiative has created an Alcohol Retailer Toolkit to aid in reducing underage drinking among youths.
The toolkit will automatically be sent to alcohol purveyors as part of their liquor license renewal packet in 2008.
The toolkit includes a copy of Colorado liquor laws, policies and procedures that retailers are encouraged to adopt, a responsible alcohol server agreement for employers to have staff members sign, warning stickers and signs, an ID checking guide and a list of available training resources.
Liquor license holders who do not want to wait until their liquor licenses are renewed to receive an Alcohol Retailer Toolkit are encouraged to call Grand Futures Prevention Coalition at 879-6188.
First dog competition slated for September
Craig's first Disc Dog competition will take place Sept. 27. Honey Rock Dogs will host the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Moffat County.
The competition is open to any owner or dog team in a variety of classes.
"Whether you have a champion disc catcher or just a casual fetcher, plan to join the fun," Honey Rock Dogs reported in a news release. "Two free throwing/catching clinics will be offered this spring and summer to help prepare contestants.
For more information, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.
Chamber seeks volunteers
Craig Chamber of Commerce/Moffat County Visitor Center is looking for volunteers to staff the Visitor Center.
"The Visitor Center has been staffed for several years using a federally-funded job placement program, which is losing participants," said Christina Currie, Craig Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. "The funding isn't available to staff that position, so we're looking for volunteers who are knowledgeable about Moffat County and like to interact with the public."
Staff at the visitor center answer phones, prepare mailings, stock brochures and assist customers in any way possible.
"It's not physically demanding, nor is it stressful," Currie said. "Those who come in are happy to be here and thrilled with any assistance we can offer them. Our job is customer service, plain and simple."
Anyone who is interested should call Currie at 824-5689 for more information.
Alumni Association accepting aid to refurbish school building
The Browns Park School Alumni Association is planning to refurbish the Browns Park School building, located about 90 miles west of Craig on Highway 318. Upcoming projects include painting the outside of the building. For more information or to get involved, call 970-365-3655.
Christian school open for enrollment, seeking facilities
Eagle's Wings Christian School is currently accepting enrollment for the 2008-09 school year. One-year tuition for half-day kindergarten costs $2,000 per child. Full-year tuition for all other students costs $2,500 for the first child enrolled. Price deductions will offered for each child enrolled up to four children. Registration costs $100. Book fees are $150 for kindergarten students, $200 for first- through eighth-grade students and $200 for high school students. To enroll or for more information, call 824-4268 or 824-6152.
School officials are also looking for facility to house the school. Anyone interested in renting a building to the school should call 824-4268 or 824-6152.
Mack receives research grant for Mount Harris stories
The Colorado Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Chuck Mack, lifetime Yampa Valley resident and retired coalminer, a $1,000 research grant to collect and complete his stories of the Mt. Harris community. This will be the first book published about the Mount Harris area since Ruth Douglas Johnson published "Mr. Harris Echoes" in 1979.
The award year is from June 2008 to April 2009, at which time Mack will have a completed manuscript ready for publication. He recently gave a brownbag lecture on the subject of Mt. Harris at the Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs. Earlier this year, he gave a presentation talk about Mt. Harris to Preserving the Last Frontier and at a Lions Club luncheon.
Chuck Mack is available to talk about the book and his adventures of 45.5 years in area coalmines. For more information, call Chuck Mack at 824-5454.
Humane Society sponsoring fundraiser show (added 6/1/08)
The Humane Society of Moffat County announced it is sponsoring the "Magic, Magic, Magic Show," an event to raise money for special needs at the animal shelter, care for abused and abandoned animals and medical expenses such as vaccination and the spay/neuter program.
The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at Moffat County High School. Ticket information will be released at a later date.
Health officials: Check measles immunizations
Public health officials in Colorado and across the United States are warning travelers to check their measles immunization status before traveling internationally this summer.
Measles, a highly infectious disease long kept in check by robust immunization efforts, is making a comeback in the United States.
For more information about measles or about what vaccinations babies, children and adults should receive, please visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Web site at www.cdphe.state.co.us or call 877-462-2911.
Salazar accepting applications for military academy
The Grand Junction Office of U.S. Congressman John T. Salazar is accepting applications for students who are interested in attending a military service academy.
All application materials for the class of 2013 must be received by Oct. 17 to be considered in the nomination process. For information, or to request an application packet, call George Delahanty at 970-245-7107.
Pictures sought for memorial golf tourney
Organizers are seeking pictures of Jack Kelly for the Jack Kelly Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 28. For sponsorship or tournament information, call Stephanie at 326-6578.
Nicotine patches available through Colorado Quitline
Free nicotine patches or gum are available only by calling the Colorado Quitline at 1-800-QUIT NOW (784-8669).
Pick up your free Quit Kits (no patches or gum included) at the Steamboat Visiting Nurses Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or Craig VNA, 745 Russell St.
Web site accepting children's book reviews
The Big Apple Book Club is accepting video book reviews of Newberry Award-winning books from children ages 7 to 13. The book club is sponsored by www.MeetMeAtTheCorner.org, a Web site that sends children on virtual field trips.
Instructions on writing and producing the book review are available at the Web site. Final cassette tapes can be mailed to Meet Me At the Corner "Big Apple Book Club," 1710 First Ave., PO box 283, New York, NY, 10128. All submissions are the property of Meet Me at the Corner and will not be returned. Book reviews will be added to the Web site on an ongoing basis. Visit www.MeetMeAtTheCorner.org for more information.
Daughters of the American Revolution
Anyone interested in becoming a member of a new chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in the Craig area should contact Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518. Free assistance is available to help women 18 years and older trace family lines to their revolutionary patriots. The DAR is a national organization dedicated to patriotism and education.
Chamber seeking board candidates
The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates for a 2009-11 term on the Chamber's board of directors. Four seats are available. The Chamber's bylaws require that a minimum of two Chamber members serve on a nominating committee for these positions.
Anyone who is interested in serving as a Chamber board member or on the nominating committee, or would like more information about these positions, should call Christina Currie at 824-5689.
Donations to aid local resident with cancer
Donations for longtime Hayden/Craig resident Kimble Frentress will be accepted at any First National Bank of the Rockies. Proceeds will be used to help with ongoing cancer treatment and travel expenses. For more information, call the bank at 824-6533 or Dollie Frentress at 629-1350.
DBA seeking vendors (added July 15)
The Downtown Business Association's Farmer's Market is looking for vendors of locally grown produce and hand made items, including honey, eggs, soap, cut flowers, cards, jewelry and goat's milk.
The farmers market runs from 3 to 6 p.m., every Thursday, in Alice Pleasant Park until Sept. 26. There is no fee for sellers for setting up. Nonprofit organizations, fundraisers, and information booths are invited to set up booths for informational and fundraising purposes. The farmers market also is scheduling musicians and information specialists.
For more information, call 824-5343.
Goods accepted for veterans (added July 14)
As part of an ongoing effort to collect needed items for local veterans, Love INC will be accepting certain furniture and computer parts donations.
The project initially was spearheaded by Janie Withers, 55, a Craig resident.
Anyone with small furniture items, specifically shelving, other vertical stands or computer parts and accessories, is encouraged to call Love INC at 826-4400.
Officials ask that residents call before making donations.
Book sales extended
Moffat County Library will host their sales of bags of used books on a daily basis. The sales - originally scheduled for Wednesdays - have been increased because of public interest.
Every day of the week, the staff will set up the tables of books outside the library during regular business hours. The books are donated by "Friends of the Library," and additional racks of them can be found inside the building.
$1 buys a bag and an assortment of books, the proceeds of which go toward "Friends of the Library."
The sales will continue for the rest of the summer, weather permitting, or for as long as the books are in supply. For more information, call 824-5116.
Friday blacksmith shows at Wyman (added July 8)
In its efforts to show visitors a glimpse of "living history," the Wyman Museum plans to have blacksmith demonstrations every Friday this summer.
Dalton Reed, of Clark, has worked for the museum for about five years, Curator Nicky Boulger said, and has wanted to show off his craft for a while.
After searching, the museum purchased a blacksmith shop out of Walden for Reed to use.
"This is a living history museum," Boulger said, "and we want people to be able to watch how things were made in the old days, exactly as they were made."
Reed plans to make several things, including tools, a dinner bell and a tomahawk out of a railroad spike.
Boulger added he would take requests from visitors, who can purchase the items and materials from Reed at his shop at the museum.