Craig briefs: Governor orders flags lowered

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— Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered flags to be lowered to half staff today on all state and federal buildings in honor of Petty Officer Third Class Anthony Garcia, a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy.

Petty Officer Garcia died Aug. 5, 2009, as a result of wounds sustained when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.

His vehicle was hit in the Farah Province of Afghanistan while performing a combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Garcia was born and raised in the Denver Metro Area, and his father's family still resides here.

There will be a Memorial Service at 10 a.m. today at Colorado Christian Fellowship Church in Aurora. His Burial Service will take place shortly thereafter at noon at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Health care group coming to Steamboat

Colorado Voices for Coverage, a coalition of four Colorado nonprofits - Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Business Health Forum, Colorado Council of Churches, and the Colorado Progressive Coalition - is taking the health care issue on the road across the state.

Last summer, CVC traveled to 21 Colorado communities asking, "What can you afford to pay for health care?"

Now the group is taking results of that study and using them to educate and empower state residents. The group will be in Steamboat at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive, in conference rooms 2 and 3.

Participants will learn about the results of the affordability study and hear updates about current federal health care reform efforts, among other issues.

New semester of English classes

Integrated Community has announced its new semester of English classes will begin Sept. 8.

All classes will take place in the basement of St. Michael Catholic Church's office building, 678 School St.

The morning class will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon classes are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.

Placement tests will take place at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the church.

There is a $50 registration fee for the English classes.

For more information, call Integrated Community at 824-6424.

Church offering simulcast program

The program, "Living Proof Live," with Beth Moore, will be simulcast Aug. 28 and 29 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and the program begins at 8 p.m. On Aug. 29, doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the event begins at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call Janet at the church at 824-5222.

Agency seeking bilingual volunteers

Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its Resource & Referral Program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community and be respectful and mature.

Training is provided.

For more information, call Tatiana Achcar, Integrated Community executive director, at 871-4599 or e-mail director@ciiccolorado.org.

Community yard sale Saturday at church

Craig Congregational Church, 630 Green St., will host the first "Junk in the Trunk" community yard sale in its south parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The cost for people to sell items at the event is $10 for two parking spaces and a table, if needed. Sellers should arrive at 8 a.m. to begin setting up, and payment is made on site.

Proceeds will benefit the church's Capital Campaign Furnace Fund.

For more information, call pastor Bob Woods at 824-6836 between 9 a.m. and noon.

The church will host a similar event Sept. 12 at the same location and with the same hours.

Craig Fire/Rescue ball tickets available

The 70th annual Craig Fire/Rescue Firefighter's Ball/Luau is scheduled for 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the OP Bar & Grill, 534 East Victory Way.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any firefighter or by calling Ashley at the fire station at 824-5914.

All proceeds benefit the Craig Fire/Rescue High School Scholarship Fund.

Sign up for new billiards league

At 1 p.m. Saturday at the Popular Bar, there will be a mini billiards tournament and BCA sign-up social.

There will be tournaments throughout the day, with an entrance fee of $5.

The BCA is a new billiards league set up at The Popular Bar, 24 West Victory Way.

For more information, call Steve or Jolene Walls at 824-2214 or 620-0056.

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