Craig briefs for Sept. 29

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Editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three or 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 jgrubbs@craigdailypress.com.

Senior Parent Meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

There will be two Senior Parent Meetings, on Tuesday Wednesday at 6 p.m., in the Moffat County High School Library.

Students and parents are encouraged to attend for discussion on the post-secondary admissions process and financial aid and scholarships.

For more information, call Paula Duzik at 824-7036.

Craig Fire/Rescue holds open house Thursday

After three unsuccessful attempts, taxpayers approved a mill levy increase for capital purchases for the local fire district, and two new engines have been purchased. These two wildland/urban interface engines are the first two capital replacement items, and the fire department would like to invite the public to view these new engines at the fire station. The department will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and pop. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Crabfest scheduled for Oct. 24 at fairgrounds

The Craig Chamber of Commerce will hold its seventh annual Crabfest. Dinner is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

The meal features a generous serving of king crab legs, buttery potatoes, corn on the cob, herbed biscuits and a dessert buffet.

Entertainment will be provided by Summit Comedy comedian Huck Flyn, who performed at Crabfest in 2006.

There will be silent and live auctions and a cash bar. Tickets are available online at www.craig-chamber.com; click on "register online" and pay by credit card. Get yours today, becasue this event sells out every year.

For information, call the Craig Chamber at 824-5689 or director@craig-chamber.com.

Downtown Books hosting book-signing

Colorado firefighter and fire information officer Sandi Ault, author of Berkley Prime Crime's "Wild" Mystery Series, will come to Craig from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 to sign, discuss and read from her latest release, "Wild Inferno," at Downtown Books.

Ault has been acclaimed by media, peers (including Tony Hillerman and C.J. Box) and fans alike for her "Wild" mystery series, including the Edgar-nominated bestseller "Wild Indigo" and the newly released and critically-acclaimed "Wild Inferno."

Ault, a wildland firefighter in Pinewood Springs and a Colorado Resource officer, has written her series' protagonist onto a wildfire in her new page-turner, dubbed "A Wildfire of a Mystery."

Safeway offering flu vaccines in stores

Safeway is offering flu vaccines in all Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and New Mexico stores.

Now through February, or while supplies last, flu vaccines will be administered at stores with pharmacies.

In the U.S., Medicare Plan B participants not enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan will receive the flu vaccines at no charge.

Most stores will give vaccines on a walk-in basis at in-store pharmacies, while a few will conduct scheduled flu vaccine clinics.

Anyone wishing to reduce their chances of getting the flu can get vaccinated, but the Centers for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that people in the following categories get vaccinated each year:

• Everyone from 6 months to 19 years old

• Pregnant women

• People ages 50 and older

• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions

• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities

• People who live with, or care for, those at high risk for complications from flu.

Road closed today for culvert replacement

National Forest System Road (NFSR) 263, just off County Road 16/NFSR 270 (Lynx Pass Road), will be closed today and Tuesday. The road will be closed for culvert replacement.

This work is being planned between hunting seasons and after weekend recreation traffic to decrease the impact to forest travelers.

Travel during this time in the Lynx Pass area should be planned accordingly. Once work begins today, there will be no egress from NFSR 263. Traffic on other roads in the area will not be affected.

Other road maintenance could affect travel in the south Routt County and eastern Rio Blanco County area, including:

• Resurfacing of the Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway (Rio Blanco County Road 8) will continue through the fall as weather permits. Short delays should be expected.

• Rerouting of NFSR 212 began Thursday. Heavy machinery will be operating in the vicinity of NFSR 206 and 212 for approximately six weeks. There could be minimal impacts to visitors (heavy equipment noise).

• Fish barrier installation below the Coal Creek culvert on NFSR 906 (Coal Creek Road) will happen between Oct. 6 and Oct. 18. Heavy equipment will be operating on the road. Significant delays should be expected.

For more information call the Yampa Ranger District office at 970-638-4516.

Weight loss contest promotes nutrition

The Moffat County Weight Loss Competition begins at 6 p.m. today at The Center of Craig. The 12-week program advises proper nutrition, food choices and encourages exercise. Participants receive personalized weekly one-on-one coaching.

A portion of the $39 entry fee is donated to www.gofitkids.org. Cash and prizes are awarded to participants who lose the most weight. Pre-registration is this week. For more information, call Sharon Timmerman at 879-1303.

Book by late area resident now available

"A Very Fruitful Life: The Story of My Life" by Julia Kawcak is available for sale at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Wyman Museum and Downtown Books. Kawcak was born in 1899 and lived in the Elkhead Creek area. She and her husband, Joe, raised 16 children. The manuscript, "A Very Fruitful Life," was found with Julia's personal belongings at the time of her death in 1987 and contained more than 100 handwritten notebook pages. Kawcak's great-granddaughter, Lori Wahl, typed the manuscript. Through Julia's own words, readers can learn about the early days in Moffat County. For more information about the book, call Downtown Books at 824-5343.

Christian poetry contest offers money

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest sponsored by the Christian Poets Guild, and the contest is free and open to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all, totaling $5,000.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1638 Dogwood Lane, Acworth, Ga. 30102. Contestants also may enter online at www.freecontest.com. Deadline for entry is Oct. 18.

Poems may be written on any subject, using any style.

"A typical poem," contest director Cecilia Gica said in a news release, "might be a love poem, or nature poem, one that inspires the reader."

Be sure to include names and address on the page with your poem. If you would like a winner's list, enclose a stamped return envelope.

Extension to file state income tax by Oct. 15

Taxpayers who did not submit their income tax filing by the April 15 deadline are reminded that the extension due date for Colorado's 2007 income tax filing is Oct. 15.

This is a "paperless" extension, meaning no form was required to ask for an extension. Taxpayers have six months to file on paper or electronically. Those who are expecting an income tax refund may file on or before Oct. 15. Electronic filing of the 104 state tax return through NetFile (online Internet filing) and Telefile (filing by touch-tone telephone) is available until the Oct. 15 deadline. Visit the state Department of Revenue Web site at www.taxcolorado.com for links to these services. The extension applies only to filing the tax information; the extension does not apply to any money owed to the state.

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