Craig briefs: Committee releases agenda for meeting

The Moffat County Republican Central Committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Craig Rural Fire Station. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting agenda is listed below:

• Call to order, Pledge of Allegiance

• Approve minutes

• Treasurer's report

• Treasurer replacement

• Bylaw change in regard to vacancy committee

• Web site changes

• Lincoln Day Dinner

• Other new business

• Adjournment

State government closure day is Friday

Many state government offices will be closed Friday, the second of four closure days this year to help keep the state budget balanced during the economic recession.

State offices also will be closed Monday in observance of Columbus Day.

State driver's license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment's vital records office, state history museums and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Friday, with about 15,500 employees on unpaid furlough.

State parks will be open Friday (except for visitor centers), as will Division of Wildlife service centers. State troopers will be patrolling the highways. The Department of Transportation's Traffic Operations Center will be operating, and the state unemployment benefits office, state nursing homes, hospitals and care centers will be open.

The state Judicial Branch and courts, Treasurer's Office, Attorney General's Office, Secretary of State's Office and state colleges and universities also will be open.

The first closure day was Sept. 8, with two additional days scheduled for Nov. 27 and Dec. 31. The combined savings for all four closure days is $13.6 million.

During the past year, the global recession has required Gov. Ritter and lawmakers to close budget shortfalls of nearly $2 billion, including $320 million in September, with another $240 million budget gap to be closed this month.

New hours released for Elkhead Reservoir

Beginning Oct. 1, Elkhead Reservoir will be open weekends only, staff and weather permitting.

The reservoir will be closed to boating for the season Oct. 25. The park will remain open for hunting, fishing and hiking only.

If there are any questions, call Yampa River State Park office at 276-2061.

Chamber after-hours mixer set for today

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors is offering an after-hours business mixer, hosted by the Museum of Northwest Colorado, from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the museum, 590 Yampa Ave.

There will be food, drinks and a chance to win books from the museum library.

For more information, call the Chamber at 824-5689, or e-mail at office@craig-chamber.com.

Chili dinner a benefit for Christian school

A chili dinner, which will benefit Eagle's Wings Christian School, will be at noon Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. Donations are accepted. For more information, call Shamblee Fisher at 824-8282, ext. 24.

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