Craig briefs: 9Health Fair on April 23, 25

The 9Health Fair is hosting two health care events this month in Craig.

On April 23, the 9Health Fair senior blood draw takes place at Sunset Meadows II, 595 Ledford St., for people 65 and older.

The blood draw is from 7 to 11 a.m.

Visitors will be able to get several different screenings. They include: a blood chemistry screening ($30), blood cell count screening ($15), and, for men older than 40, a Prostate Specimen Antigen screening ($25). A colon cancer screening kit will be available for purchase for $20.

Two days later, on April 25, the 9Health Fair moves to Sunset Elementary School at Seventh and Green streets.

It runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free screenings will be offered for breast cancer, finger stick glucose, blood pressure, oral cancer and lung function. The screenings that are offered on the 23rd also will be offered on the 25th at the same costs.

Both events, which are sponsored by the Craig Lions Club, are open to people 18 and older. For more information on either of the 9Health Fair events, call Kristi Shepherd at 824-5814.

Craig city clerk, judge finish election canvass

Although all three incumbents were elected to the Craig City Council in the 2009 municipal election held April 7, it was a brand new face to local politics that received the most votes in the council race.

Craig City Clerk Shirley Seely and Kevin Peck, a municipal judge who volunteered to serve as an election judge this year, finished the required canvass for the recent election Friday.

They found no problems with any electronic voting equipment but did add five of the seven provisional ballots submitted during the election to the voting roll, Seely said.

Provisional ballots are those submitted by residents whose eligibility is in question at the time they place their vote. The ballots are kept separate from all others and then examined one by one during the canvass process.

In the end Jennifer Riley, who was tied with Gene Bilodeau for most votes among council candidates Tuesday, ended with the most support from voters.

The official results for the 2009 Craig municipal election are:

Jennifer Riley: 502 votes, 21.1 percent

Gene Bilodeau: 499 votes, 21 percent

Terry Carwile: 487 votes, 20 percent

Byron Willems: 433 votes, 18.2 percent

Joe Bird: 356 votes, 15 percent

Francisco Reina: 107 votes, 4.5 percent

Mayor Don Jones, who ran unopposed, collected the most votes of anyone on the ballot with 574.

Extension for filing information, not payment

Any residents who expect a refund on their state income taxes may take a six-month extension to file their individual state income tax returns.

Those taking advantage of the extension do not need to notify the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Including the extension, a person's tax information would be dye Oct. 15.

However, those who owe state income tax - including corporations - must pay 90 percent of their tax liability on or before the normal April 15 deadline to avoid penalties.

The penalty charges will be 5 percent of the balance due for the first month past the April 15 deadline, plus 0.5 percent for each additional month, up to a maximum of 12 percent.

Any remaining balance due would be subject to an 8-percent interest only. A discounted rate of 5 percent is available if a tax payment of tax, or an agreement to pay, is made within 30 days of the April 15 deadline.

Individual taxpayers who owe state income tax have two options for making their payment:

• Online Tax Payment by credit card or eCheck at www.Colorado.gov/paytax.

•Mail in a check with the 2008 Extension Payment Voucher for Colorado Individual Income Tax - form DR 158-I. The voucher is on page 11 of the 2008 104 Colorado Form 104 income tax booklet. Visit www.TaxColorado.com to obtain forms.

Payments and vouchers should be mailed to:

Colorado Department of Revenue

1375 Sherman St.

Denver, CO 80261-0008

Department of Revenue officials recommend residents put their social security numbers on all payment vouchers or checks and indicate the payment is for 2008 income tax.

For paper and electronic filing information - or payment vouchers for C-corporations, estates and trusts and partnerships and S-corporations - see the Colorado Taxes Web site at www.TaxColorado.com.

Online payment is available for corporations and partnerships at www.Colorado.gov/paytax.

Publishing workshop today at book store

Have you always wanted to write and publish your own book - a novel, collection of short stories, memoir, or photo book?

Join Carole London from Lifetime Chronicle Press, of Montrose, for a special publishing workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave.

London has worked in the publishing industry for more than seven years and will share everything she knows about the publishing process and options available to writers who wish to publish their own books.

Local books published by Lifetime Chronicle Press include "Tales of the Old West" by C.H. Stoddard and "Last Ranch in Hell's Canyon" by Queeda Mantle.

Call 824-5343 to make a reservation. The event is free and open to the public.

Humane Society accepts pet photos for calendar

Submit your pet photos by May 17. Photos must be digital in .jpg format, at least 200 dpi and six inches wide. Set your camera to its highest resolution as photos will be enlarged to 8-by-10 inches for the Humane Society of Moffat County calendar. E-mail your digital photo as an attachment to hsmc2010@yahoo.com. Do not reduce the file size in order to e-mail it.

Include the following:

• Pet's name and age, owner's name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Photos must have been taken in the past year, and pets must be alive. No more than two entries per family. The contest is free and not limited to cats and dogs but should be a pet that lives in your home.

Several local business owners will judge the photos. The top 24 will be presented at various Humane Society functions this summer for public voting. The top 12 vote-getters will be featured on the 2010 Pet Mates Calendar.

In addition to the calendar contest, photographs of pets may be submitted for placement throughout the calendar for $5 a photo.

These may be print photos as quality is not as crucial. Print photos and/or payment for the $5 photos should be mailed to HSMC, P.O. Box 1587 Craig, CO 81626. Please include the pet and owner information detailed above. If a stamped envelope is provided, the photos will be returned.

For more information, call Carol Scott at 824-2103.

Relay for Life meeting Tuesday at high school

The Craig Relay For Life will be having a meeting at Tuesday at Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane. Committee members will meet at 5:30, and team captains will meet afterwards at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.craigrelayforlife.com or e-mail djkenny40@yahoo.com.

Volunteer group offers college scholarship

Friends of Northwest Colorado, a volunteer group active in stewardship of the environment, is accepting applications from Moffat County High School seniors for its 2009 scholarship.

Applications are available from the Moffat County High School career counselor and may be used for books, tuition and living expenses.

This is the fourth year that Friends has offered a scholarship to a deserving senior. Friends raises money from stewardship projects, concessions at Colorado Environmental Coalition events, T-shirt sales at the Craig Farmer's Market and member donations. The next event is at Colorado Environmental Coalition Movie Night on April 30. Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information about Friends of Northwest Colorado, call Sasha at 824-5241.

Street team visits Craig students on Tuesday

The Own Your C (Own Your Choices) street team is hitting the road in the C-Ride to visit area middle and high schools to encourage students to make healthy, smart choices.

On Tuesday, the C-Ride will visit Moffat County High School from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the Boys & Girls Club at 4 p.m.

Developed by the State Tobacco Education & Prevention Partnership (STEPP) in partnership with Cactus Marketing Communications, Own Your C is a campaign that aims to empower youth to make educated choices and encourage them to recognize the consequences of their choices.

"The Own Your C street team is visiting our community to simply tell teens that their choices are powerful and to remind them to choose wisely," says Barb Parnell, community health educator at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

A branded ice cream truck, the C-Ride travels the state to build buzz and generate excitement at schools and youth-oriented events about Own Your C. Equipped with a street team, the C-Ride promotes the Own Your C campaign to urban, rural and mountain communities.

"We don't want to force anti-tobacco messaging on students," said Lindsay Smith, Own Your C street team leader. "We encourage them to make wise decisions about life in general, not just about tobacco. Because we're approachable, teens feel comfortable talking to us about life's difficult choices, such as choosing to use tobacco."

The Own Your C street team distributes tobacco cessation (quitting) materials and educates students about the opportunity to enroll in FixNixer, a quitting program that uses online and text messaging technology to help young people quit tobacco anonymously and on their own terms. The street team also distributes Own Your C promotional items such as T-shirts, winter hats, stickers and magnets.

For more information about Own Your C and the C-Ride, visit www.ownyourC.com.

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