Craig briefs for Jan. 1

Reading program begins Monday

2009 Winter Reading Program begins Monday and ends on March 27 at Moffat County Public Libraries. The program is available to all ages, and people may come in any time between those dates to register and pick up a reading log and packet.

During the three months of the Winter Reading Program, craft activities will be offered geared toward fifth-graders and older, as well as family game nights. The craft activities are scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 12 at the Craig branch. Family game nights will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and March 23, also at the Craig library branch.

DOW Hunter Safety Class starts Jan. 26

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a week-long Hunter Safety Class starting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26. The class will take place at St. Michael Catholic Church Hall, located at Seventh and Barclay streets in Craig.

Online course completion can be arranged during this time. For more information or to reserve a seat in the class, call 824-3628.

REPS offering suicide intervention training

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide is scheduled to host intervention training sessions Monday and Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Church, in the Steamboat Springs area.

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is designed to "give participants knowledge and skills that will help them know how to intervene when they fear someone might be at risk for suicide and/or suffering from depression," according to a REPS news release.

Participants will learn to:

• Link people with community resources.

• Apply a model for intervention.

• Reach out and offer support.

• Recognize opportunities to help.

• Recognize the warning signs of depression and/or suicide.

The workshop is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Snacks and lunch are provided.

There is no cost, though donations are welcome.

For more information, call Lisa Foley, REPS suicide prevention coordinator, at 879-2141.

Wildlife photographs on display at museum

The Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main Street in Oak Creek, is featuring Daniel Ellertson's wildlife photographs on display on the Artist's Wall. Call 736-8245.

Nicotine quit kits available to pick up

Free nicotine patches or gum are available by calling the Colorado Quitline at 800-QUIT NOW (784-8669). Pick up your free quit kits, with no patches or gum included, at the Craig VNA office at 745 Russell St., or Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

Dinosaur announces winter road closure

Dinosaur National Monument's Harper's Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles into the monument, will be closed to the public today, Superintendent Mary Risser announced in a news release.

The first five miles of the road up to Plug Hat Butte will remain open and plowed throughout the winter to allow public access to the Plug Hat parking area for snowmobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

The road closure entails locking two gates on the Harpers Corner Road above and below Moffat County Road 16 and the gate at Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area.

Cross-country skiing and snowmobile use are allowed on the closed portion of the road beyond Plug Hat Butte. Snowmobiles are not allowed off the road surface and may not go past the Echo Park Road turnoff 21 miles north of U.S. 40.

The Split Mountain campground on the Utah side of the Monument will remain open for the winter. The campgrounds at Rainbow Park, Deerlodge and Echo Park remain open, but snowfall may prevent access to those campgrounds as the winter progresses. Campgrounds have vault toilets but no running water. No fees are charged at these campgrounds during the winter season.

Grand Futures offering TIPS training Jan. 22

Grand Futures will offer a TIPS training class Jan. 22. Registration is limited to 15 people, and the deadline to register is Jan. 8.

To register or for more information, call Matt Beckett at the Grand Futures office at 824-5752 or 629-3020.

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