Craig briefs: Cinco de Mayo festival today

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Integrated Community/Comunidad Integrada will host the Fifth Annual Cinco de Mayo celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40, two miles east of Craig.

The event is open to the public.

Some of the offerings available today are a Mariachi band, food, beer, salsa cook-off, piñata contest, soccer, ice cones, cotton candy and face painting.

Letter carriers to pick up cans for food drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, will be collecting nonperishable food items such as canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice May 9.

The food will help families in the community.

Residents can donate by placing food donations at their mailboxes May 9 before their letter carrier arrives. It will be taken to the post office and then delivered to local food banks and pantries. Do not include items that have expired or that are in glass containers.

Bids sought in Moffat for residential work

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments has announced an expansion of its weatherization services because of an increase in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Through the act, the national weatherization budget will increase to $5 billion, with a goal of serving 1 million households. Colorado agencies will receive $80 million the next three years. This abrupt increase has resulted in opportunities for private companies throughout the region.

NWCCOG is seeking bids from subcontractors including insulation, pellet stoves, energy auditing, heating, electrical and plumbing companies.

NWCCOG anticipates doubling its production from 200 homes serviced throughout the region in 2008 to 450 in 2009, resulting from increased federal funding, as well as higher federal poverty level guidelines, which now accept an income of $44,100 for a family of four.

NWCCOG is a local administering agency under the Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization begins with an energy audit of residential properties, including health and safety issues such as mold, gas leaks and carbon monoxide problems. Energy efficiency needs then are addressed by such means as insulation, storm windows, caulking, weather stripping and new energy-efficient furnaces and refrigerators.

Energy Management Director Steve Getz views the current state of weatherization as one of the most exciting times in his 30-year career.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our agency, private companies and residents alike to take advantage of this unique and beneficial program," Getz said. "This funding allows us to help create the most energy efficient housing stock in our region's history while providing additional jobs and financial relief to the community in a time of need."

NWCCOG is inviting bids for residential work in all or portions of the following counties: Moffat, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Moffat, Park, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit.

To obtain a bid packet, contact NWCCOG at 800-332-3669, ext. 103, sgetz@nwc.cog.co.us, or P.O. Box 2308, Silverthorne, CO 80498.

All bids are due by May 27.

The Moving Wall to visit Montrose in May

The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will be on display at Cerise Park in Montrose starting May 14.

The display was in Craig in summer 2007.

The Moving Wall be on display in Montrose until 4 p.m. May 18.

The Moving Wall has been on display traveling across the United States since October 1983. It last was in Montrose in 1987. This is the only stop The Moving Wall will make in Colorado in 2009. The Moving Wall exhibit will be open 24 hours a day.

An opening ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. May 14, and the closing ceremony will be at 3 p.m. May 18, at the exhibit area.

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