Craig briefs: Celebrate National Library Week

Sunday through April 18 is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide - and the perfect time to discover how worlds connect at your library.

The Moffat County Libraries is celebrating National Library Week with a Family Game Night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Craig branch, 570 Green St. Craft Day for youths eight and older takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. April 16, also at the library.

The library also hosts its regular weekly story times at 10 and 11:30 a.m. April 16. Prizes will be offered.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information, visit the library or call at 824-5116.

Library hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Community blood drive scheduled for April 21

The Memorial Hospital is sponsoring a community blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m., April 21 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Moore at 826-3292 or email michelle.moore@tmhcraig.org.

Horizons Casino Night planned for April 17

Almost all of Horizons Specialized Services adult clients in Craig require 24/7 care, said Kay Borvansky, Horizons resource development coordinator.

To help pay for their services, and to provide the community with a fun Friday night, Horizons plans to once again put on its Casino Night fundraiser after a one-year hiatus.

The last Casino Night was in September 2007, Borvansky said.

Horizons staff opted to organize a golf ball drop last year, but it came back to its casino idea because of its popularity.

Casino Night is planned for 7 p.m. April 17 at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Advance tickets can be purchased for $35 from the Craig office, 439 Breeze St., Suite 100, or for $40 at the door the night of the event.

Tickets include access to a snack buffet and $100 in gaming chips. Additional stacks of $100 in chips can be purchased for $20 at the event.

In addition to Texas Hold 'em, blackjack and roulette tables, Horizons will host a silent auction.

Borvansky said organizers also are looking for volunteers to staff the event and provide items for the auction.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Horizons Craig office at 824-7804.

School auditorium fire investigation ongoing

Sgt. John Forgay, of the Craig Police Department, said that law enforcement officials still are investigating the cause of a Feb. 23 fire inside the Moffat County High School auditorium.

He expects the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which the police department asked to assist in the investigation, to submit a report of its findings soon.

The CBI was called in because it has personnel specifically trained to investigate the sources of fires, and Forgay said its report should shed some light on what happened at the high school.

Forgay said officials have not ruled out any potential causes - whether the fire happened because of natural occurrences, an accident or was set deliberately.

The fire scorched nearly all of the auditorium's inside ceiling and left burn marks on about one-third of the outside roof.

No other part of the high school was damaged.

District Finance Director Mark Rydberg said the district's insurance company, Colorado School Districts Self Insurance Pool, has agreed to pay for all renovation and repairs.

He did not know how much a repair project could cost because the district still is in the design and permitting phase of construction.

Once the state informs the district about what permits are needed and what code upgrades must be made, officials will be able to put forward a cost estimate.

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