Craig briefs: Work/Life Skills registration deadline is Wednesday

Students who plan to participate in the Moffat County Work and Life Skills program must turn in their registration applications to the Moffat County High School counseling office by Wednesday.

Thanks to a local Social Services grant, students may participate in the program free of charge and will have the opportunity to earn a laptop computer by successfully completing the learning modules and portfolio requirements.

Brochures and applications were distributed to MCHS students last week, and those who have additional questions may call program coordinator Susan Whinery by phone at 321-7271 or email smwhinery@gmail.com. Additional brochures and applications will be available at the high school or the Daily Press office for home school students who may be interested in the program.

The course, which includes nine learning modules, is designed to teach critical job skills, basics of budget and finance and to encourage healthy life choices.

Orientation for the program will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 in the high school auditorium. Students and their parents or guardians must attend one of these orientation sessions.

The learning modules will be offered after school and on Saturday mornings. Flexible scheduling will allow students to participate, despite busy extracurricular schedules or jobs.

Work and Life Skills Coalition members will be available Monday and Tuesday to provide additional information about the program. Students will find them in the high school commons area during both lunch hours.

Gov. Bill Ritter to visit 3 Western Slope areas

Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled Monday to visit three Western Slope communities - Grand Junction, Montrose and Olathe - focusing on economic issues and continuing his annual State of the State tour.

His schedule is as follows:

• 9:30 to 11 a.m. Grand Junction: Ritter and Small Business Administration Regional Director Greg Lopez will attend the "Surviving Tough Times" small business finance forum at the Doubletree Hotel, 743 Horizon Dr. This is the third of six statewide forums.

• 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Grand Junction: The governor will tour the new 92,000-square-foot Leitner-Poma of America and Prinoth manufacturing facility, 2746 Saccomanno Dr., and deliver remarks at the grand opening celebration.

• 3 to 3:30 p.m. Olathe: Ritter will meet with community members and Olathe leaders during a public open house at Olathe Town Hall, 419 Horton Ave. Topics will include plans for a new school-based health clinic.

• 4 to 4:45 p.m. Montrose: The governor will congratulate Delta-Montrose Electric Association and other community members for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at the Montrose Elks Civic Building, 107 S. Cascade Ave.

DOW hosts youth

fishing in Craig

It would be nice to do something for the children across Moffat County, said Mike Swaro, Colorado Division of Wildlife district wildlife manager.

For that reason, the DOW plans to host a youth fishing day from 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at Little Rascal Pond behind the Moffat County Public Safety Center on First Street.

The DOW will provide all fishing equipment, such as rods, bait and tackle. There will be raffle prizes at the end.

There's no need to register ahead of time, Swaro said, but he encouraged those interested to call the DOW Meeker Office at 970-878-6090 so officials can gauge how big the event may get. Residents also can call that line for any more information.

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