Craig briefs: Wildlife workshop is Thursday

Colorado's big game season structure, Division of Wildlife budget projections and an update on Rocky Mountain National Park's elk culling effort headline the agenda for the Colorado Wildlife Commission's February workshop in Denver.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the Hunter Education Building at Division of Wildlife Headquarters, 6060 Broadway, Denver.

The Commission will hear DOW staff comments on the five-year review of Big Game Season Structure, specifically preference points and draws. Commissioners will accept public input on the Big Game Season Structure review, as it will during all meetings and workshops throughout the process. Those who wish to comment on these items are asked to fill out a "blue sheet," a Request to Speak before the Wildlife Commission, and give it to any Division of Wildlife staff at the meeting. Comments may address any aspect of Big Game Season Structure but will be most helpful if they are directed at the Big Game Season Structure topic being discussed at that meeting.

The meeting also will feature a discussion of pronghorn management plans for the Cherokee Park Herd and the Laramie River Herd, as well as the South Platte River Deer Management Plan (GMUs 91, 92, 94, 96 and 951).

In addition, staff will provide commissioners with updates on the DOW's three- to five-year budget projections and the Rocky Mountain National Park elk culling effort, which is now under way.

Finally, the commission will receive a briefing from licensed rehabilitators Allan and Shirley Casey, owners of WildAgain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Evergreen.

Interested members of the public who are unable to attend can view the entire agenda and listen to the meeting on their computer by clicking on the "listen to audio" link at http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeCommission/.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is an 11-member board appointed by the governor that sets Division of Wildlife regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife, nongame, threatened and endangered species. The commission also oversees Division of Wildlife land purchases and property regulations.

4-H/FFA weigh-in and tagging is Sunday

The Moffat County 4-H/FFA market beef mandatory weigh-in and tagging is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

To show or sell a market beef animal at the 2009 Moffat County Fair, it must be weighed in and tagged on this date. For more information, call the Moffat County Extension Office at 824-9180.

CNCC hosts open house for new mannequin

The Colorado Northwestern Community College nursing program hosts an open house to introduce the new SimMan Simulator from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 on the second floor of the school administration building, 785 Yampa Ave. Demonstrations will be given at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m.

SimMan is a computerized mannequin that can be programmed to have various symptoms, which students can assess and treat. SimMan, which breathes and talks, is more advanced than Noelle, a birthing mannequin for the obstetrics class that the college has had for about one year.

For more information about SimMan or the open house, call 824-1104.

Prom Expo 2009 set for Feb. 28 at high school

Those looking for a good deal on a prom dress are invited to Prom Expo 2009.

The expo is an exchange of used prom dresses and accessories from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 on the third floor of Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane.

Those who donate a used prom dress and/or accessories will receive a certificate to choose a dress or accessories during the "Donor Only Exchange" from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Remaining dresses go on sale at 7 p.m.

Items may be donated from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27 on the first floor of the high school. Donated dresses must be no more than five years old, clean and in new/like new condition. Shoes must be in new/like new condition. Donated items will not be returned; donators are not guaranteed they will find a dress.

All proceeds from the event benefit Moffat County High School's prom and after-prom events.

For more information, call David Grabowski at 826-6568 or e-mail him at david.grabowski@moffatsd.org.

Fair cookbook is now available for sale

The Moffat County Fair commemorative cookbook is now available.

This cookbook has more than 100 recipes of tried and true recipes for the area. Cookbooks can be obtained for $5 at the Bargain Barn, Lube Plus and the Moffat County extension office.

Bereavement support group sponsored by VNA

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is looking to host a new bereavement support group, the VNA announced.

The group will focus on learning new techniques "to deal with emotions and feelings that come with loss or death," the VNA reported.

Anyone interested should call Neil Folks at 970-326-8726 to establish a good time to have the gathering at the VNA office, 745 Russell St., in Craig.

Soccer tournament open for registration

Local resident Bill Sawer wants the upcoming Midwinter Classic Soccer Tournament to fill the void between fall and spring.

The one-day tournament is planned for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and will be inside the Boys & Girls Club of Craig gym,1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

The event is open to boys and girls. Teams will be organized into three age divisions: one for players ages 10 and younger, another for ages 11 to 14 and a third for ages 15 to 18.

Sawer said some teams will be asked to mix age groups later in the afternoon.

Players must bring their own flat tennis shoes and shin guards. Registration is $5 for each five-player team, but individuals are encouraged to attend and pay $1.

All profits for the event will go to the Boys & Girls Club. For more information, call Sawer at 824-0116.

Six-session health class begins Wednesday

A new class starting next month is designed to "provide strategies for managing the challenges of chronic health conditions," according to a news release.

The "Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions" class is a six-session workshop that will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the American Legion post, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. Classes begin Wednesday and run through March 11.

For more information about the class, call the Aging Well Information Line at 871-7676. Registration is through Colorado Northwestern Community College, and the college can be reached at 824-1100.

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