Craig briefs: Moffat County Balloon Festival needs volunteers

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The Moffat County Balloon Festival is looking for volunteers for the fourth annual event Aug. 3 and 4. The following is where help is needed:

Saturday, Aug. 3



■ Balloon crew — 6 a.m. (help launch the balloons)


■ Kids activities — 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (help with various stations and activities)


Sunday, Aug. 4

■ Balloon crew — 6 a.m.

For more information and to sign up, contact Maggie St. John at stjohnmt@msn.com or at 970-629-1367 (cell) or 970-824-2882 (home).

Free summer meals for children 18 and younger

Hunger Free Colorado will provide free summer meals for children 18 and younger from 11:20 a.m. to noon every day starting July 29 to Aug. 16 at Sandrock Elementary School, 201 E. Ninth St.

Meals are being offered through the Moffat County School District Service Department. For more information, call 970-826-6616 or 970-629-1796.

Meeker offers hunter education opportunity

Meeker — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering novice hunters a final opportunity to take their required Hunter Education class from an agency instructor before this fall’s big game hunting seasons. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 at the Meeker Recreation Center. The live fire portion of the class will take place at the Meeker Sportsmen’s Club.
Hunter Education became a requirement in Colorado in 1971 after numerous hunting accidents resulted in injuries and deaths in the previous decade. Since the course became a requirement, the number of fatalities and hunting-related injuries has fallen dramatically. Today, hunting is considered one of the safest of all outdoor activities.

There are no age requirements for the two-day class, but students must be able to read, write, understand the material, handle a firearm safely and attend both days to pass the class. Participants are asked to leave all personal firearms at home. On Aug. 10, participants may purchase a lunch for $5.50.
The fee for the course is $10, payable the day of the class. The class is limited to the first 30 who reserve their spot. To register, call the Meeker Recreation Center at 970-878-3403. One mentor per participant will be allowed. For more information about Hunter Education in Colorado, visit www.bit.ly/huntereducation.

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