Craig briefs for Jan. 20: Moffat County Commission approves actions

The Moffat County Commission approved, 2-0, a three-year contract with the city of Craig for trash pickups during its second meeting of the week Tuesday.

County Budget Analyst Tinneal Gerber said the city was the only entity to submit a bid for the work.

The contract is for $1,132.45 a month in May through November, with additional fees for hunting dumpsters across the county and extra trash pickups.

According to the bid, the city's price was based on county landfill fees of $35 a ton. The contract could increase in value if the county increases landfill rates.

The Commission also approved, with 2-0 vote, a certificate of designation for the Great Divide Disposal Facility to begin operating north of Craig.

The business will dispose of brine water waste taken from natural resource wells in the area.

As part of the county's authorization, Commissioner Tom Gray requested the business help provide upkeep on county roads where heavy truck traffic will be going to and from the facility.

8th annual Literacy Carnival is Thursday

The eighth annual Literacy Carnival, hosted by Sagebrush Reading Council, happens from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sunset Elementary School. The location has changed from previous years.

The carnival, which features reading-related games and prizes, is open to all families. Children from preschool to sixth grade must be accompanied by an adult.

Yampa River State Park holds open house

The fourth annual Yampa River State Park Ski and Skate Open House happens from 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7, at the park on Highway 40.

Refreshments will be served while supplies last, and there will be a big sale on books, T-shirts and other gifts from the park gift shop.

For information, call 276-2061.

United Way accepting funding applications

The Youth United Way/Key Club is acccepting applications for funding. The students have $5,500.00 to give out to agencies in Moffat County. The requesting agency must provide services that meet the mission statement of the students: "The students of Moffat County High School will provide funding to agencies that provide services or programs in one of the following areas; educational, youth and or family services provided in Moffat County."

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Feb. 27.

The applications are available online at www.unitedwaymoffat.org or call 824-6222 for more information.

Governor orders flags lowered for soldier

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered all U.S. and Colorado flags lowered today on all state and federal buildings in honor of Staff Sgt. Justin L. Bauer.

The 24-year-old soldier from Berthoud was killed Jan. 10 in Baghdad. Bauer was a paratrooper assigned to the Second Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Army Commendation Medal.

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