Briefs for August 15: Legal consultations available Thursday

The Northwest Colorado Legal Services Project and The Memorial Hospital in Craig are sponsoring a "Skype-a-Lawyer-Night" on Thursday at the hospital.

Qualified clients will have a 15- to 30-minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. The event is a free service for low-income residents beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby at TMH.

To prequalify or for additional information, call 276-2161 or (800) 521-6968.

Drop-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

New organization hosting Saturday fundraiser sale

Freedom Hooves, a Northwest Colorado therapeutic riding organization, will host a tack swap and sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in front of Doug Meacham's saddle shop located behind A-1 Liquor on Jefferson Avenue in Hayden.

Proceeds go to Freedom Hooves to support the program.

Anyone interested in donating items for the sale or consigning space should call Joan at 701-9085.

BLM's Northwest Resource Advisory Council meeting Aug. 23

The Bureau of Land Management's Northwest Colorado Resource Advisory Council will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds, 700 Sulphur Road, in Meeker.

The meeting is open to the public. Public comment periods are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Agenda topics include: BLM White River oil and gas resource management plan amendment; wild horse management resolution; Colorado River Valley RAC RMP subgroup recommendations; Northwest Sage Grouse EIS update; BLM coal permitting process; and field manager updates,

For more information, visit www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Resources/racs/nwrac.html.

USDA to purchase $170 million in meat from producers affected by drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday it will purchase $170 million in meat and fish from producers affected by the worst drought in decades.

Last month, Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for federal assistance for Colorado farmers and ranchers whose crops, livestock and rural livelihoods have been affected by the drought.

"The administration's decision today will help Colorado farmers and ranchers who are already suffering financial losses due to this summer's severe drought," said Bennet in a news release. "It also underscores the need for the House of Representatives to pass the 2012 Farm Bill."

Donations needed for school supply drive

Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, 656 School St., is accepting donations for a school supply drive.

Items most commonly needed include new backpacks, 24-packs of crayons, 12-packs of colored pencils, No. 2 pencils, loose-leaf notebook paper, spiral notebooks, facial tissue, safety scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers, liquid glue, glue sticks, erasers, watercolor paints, pens (blue, red or black ink), typing paper, sticky notes, colored two-pocket folders and Clorox wipes.

Donations will go toward Project School Supply, which provides materials for children ages 4 and older, and Project Teacher Supply, a partnership between Love INC and the Craig Rotary Club to provide commonly needed materials to local educators.

Cash donations also are accepted and can be brought to the Love INC office or mailed to P.O. Box 892, Craig, CO, 81626.

For more information, call Love INC at 826-4400.

Viz-Abilities meeting slated

Northwest Colorado Viz-Abilities, a group supporting residents with low vision, will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 in the second floor library at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Call 826-0833 for a ride.

Craig Daily Press seeking new editorial board members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next editorial board.

Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions.

Editorial board terms last three months.

Those who are interested or would like additional information should call editor Joshua Roberts at 875-1791 or email him at editor@craigdailypress.com.

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Comments

Janet Brazfield 1 year, 8 months ago

Udall and Bennet need to look to their own before blaming the House Representatives. The House themselves are looking at better stopping self-serving abusive items and cutting costs to insure our country has a better future with hopefully less debt. The majority of the leaders in the House understand that potentially all bills which come up for renewal need to be closely reviewed and have any extraneous trash eliminated to cut costs. Also they seem to better understand that items needed should be in separate bills and not have a Farm Drought issue hampered by SNAP food stamp bickering.

The Senate has not passed a budget and before Senator Udall or Senator Bennet play any “petty party blame game” they should first insure that any extraneous trash is cleaned from the Senate Farm Bill. The Senate Farm Bill wants to in essence “grandfather” rural communities who no longer qualify as rural and are self-sufficient. The purpose of rural programs is to help very small struggling communities grow and become self-sufficient, not to become a Welfare System for self-sufficient communities who have already received past benefits wanting more. Our Country and Citizens can no longer afford such self-serving actions being added to current or future legislation.

Ladies and gentlemen our country is broke and going more broke by the minute. We need individuals to stand up and make tough decisions and we ourselves need to be willing to offer to our legislator options regarding what we feel is necessary and what we truly believe can be cut. If we have legislators who are going to play any “blame games” when they have their own legislative trash in bills within their own backyard, then potentially they need to be replaced with someone who is willing to make the tough choices. We can no longer afford to continue down this socialism path which is causing chaos in European countries overseas.

Our founding fathers knew the best government was a Republic which offered freedom of choice, the question then becomes, “How wise were the choices made?” Our government backed by We the People can either make or break this great nation depending on our choices made and how they affect us both now and in the future. Let's please choose wisely ...

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