Briefs for April 5, 2013: Retirement benefits seminar slated in Craig

A seminar for senior citizens about rules and strategies for collecting retirement benefits and coordinating Social Security with other sources of retirement income is from noon to 1 p.m. April 17 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18 at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. The workshop, titled “Savvy Social Security Planning,” costs $10 and will be taught by Steve Ahlmer. For more information or to register, call 970-824-1135 or email mary.morris@cncc.edu.

Food bank distribution scheduled for Tuesday

The Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Food recipients should bring boxes or bags to carry their food.

Softball kick-off meeting slated for Wednesday

The annual season kick-off meeting for Craig adult softball is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sandrock Elementary School. Team captains are encouraged to attend and sign up their teams. The meeting also will include a review of league rules, fees and scheduling.

New teams always are welcome, and players must be at least 14 years old. The meeting also serves as an opportunity for individual players to hook up with existing teams.

For more information, call Tanya at 970-701-9046.

Colorado Highway 13 project now underway

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 began Monday on a stretch of the highway south of Meeker and north of Rifle. The work will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22. The project will widen the road’s shoulders to 8 feet, add guardrails and new drainage pipes, and increase sight distance for motorists, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of October. No detours are planned, and motorists can expect to encounter alternating lanes of traffic and delays up to 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the work zone, and loads of more than 14 feet won’t be allowed.

The $6.7 million project is funded by the state’s FASTER legislation. The contractor on the project is Old Castle United Companies. For more information, call the project hotline at 970-878-7107 or email SH13meeker@publicinfoteam.com.

Grand Futures coalition conducting drug survey

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition is collecting data on parents’ beliefs and perceptions about the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by their children. The survey results will help to inform youth substance use prevention efforts in Northwest Colorado. Parents who have a child in middle school or high school are eligible to take the survey. 

Your two cents matters, and your feedback is greatly appreciated. To take the Moffat County survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/parentsurveymoffat.

Freedom Hooves taking applications for spring

Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding of Northwest Colorado is accepting applications for new students and volunteers for the spring session, which begins April 30. Freedom Hooves offers therapeutic riding lessons for students 3 and older. Applications can be downloaded at www.freedomhooves.org. Call Joan at 970-701-9085 for more information.

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