Briefs for Feb. 12, 2013: State representatives plan meet and greet

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A meet and greet with state Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Cowdrey, and state Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Meeker Cafe, 560 Main St. in Meeker. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Baumgardner represents Moffat County as part of Senate District 8, while Rankin represents the county as part of House District 57.

Cardboard box derby slated

Wyman’s sixth annual cardboard box derby is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40. Want to participate?

Be creative and make a sled out of cardboard. Prizes will be awarded for most creative, people’s choice and fastest sled.

Sleds need to be registered and in the staging area by 11 a.m. Judging is at 1 p.m., followed by racing to award the fastest sled. For more information call Wyman Museum at 970-824-6346.

Father-Daughter Ball is this weekend in Craig

The 2013 Father-Daughter Ball is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

The event includes dancing, snacks, dessert, crafts, a movie room and a photograph. The cost is $7 per ticket. For more information, call Linda Cass at 970-629-1078.

Ice fishing derby planned

Wyman’s second annual ice fishing derby is from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

The event is for children 16 and younger.

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife will provide fishing poles and holes in the ice. Prizes will be awarded. For more information call Wyman Museum at 970-824-6346.

CNCC class offering discounted massages

From now through May 3, the Colorado Northwestern Community College massage therapy class will offer massages to staff and the public. Fifty-minute massages will be available Wednesday nights and Friday afternoons for $25. Call 970-824-1145 to make an appointment.

BLM reminds residents about Emerald closures

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to comply with seasonal closures at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs.

The closures are in place to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a Little Snake Field Office news release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to human entry from Dec. 1 to June 30.

The closure includes the Beall Trail and Kemray Draw, as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east and the Humble Ranch property located southeast of the Emerald Mountain recreation area.

“We are seeing a number of violations of this closure this winter, which could have significant impact on the elk in this area,” said BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds in the release. “However, the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1.”

Violators of the closure face citations and a minimum $175 fine.

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000.

History buffs invited to local gathering

Preserving the Last Frontier meets at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the library at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Gale Norman will talk about homesteaders around the Wantland area. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call 970-824-6761.

State of the County gathering is Feb. 22

The annual State of the County gathering is at 6 p.m. Feb. 22, at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Tickets are $40 for Chamber members and $50 for nonmembers and are available at the Chamber, 360 E. Victory Way. Tickets include dinner and coffee or tea. There will be a cash bar. Mayor Terry Carwile will give the address for the city of Craig, and Commissioner Tom Mathers will represent Moffat County. For more information, call Christina Oxley at 970-824-5689.

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