Craig briefs: Newspaper launches Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send photos to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. Additionally, many of the photos could appear in next year’s Colorado Hunter magazine. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Janet Sheridan book signing on Thursday

Craig Daily Press columnist Janet Sheridan will have a book signing for her new book, “A Seasoned Live Lived in Small Towns: Memories, Musings and Observations,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Downtown Books. She will read excerpts from her book and sign copies for the audience.

Book promotion ends Thursday at McDonald’s

McDonald’s USA is providing more than 20 million books to families in the United States through its new Happy Meal Books promotion and is inviting families across Colorado to celebrate in the joy of reading, according to a press release. The promotion started Nov. 1 for National Family Literacy Day and will end Thursday.

As part of the two-week offer, McDonald’s distributed four original books featuring McDonald’s Happy Meal characters with titles such as, “The Goat Who Ate Everything,” “Doddi the Dodo Goes To Orlando” and “Ant Can’t and Deana’s Big Dreams.”

The timing of the Happy Meal Books promotion also coincides with Craig’s local sponsorship of One Book 4 Colorado, which is a program created through Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s office. In November, people are encouraged to vote at www.onebook4colorado.org for the book that every 4-year-old in Colorado will get a chance to read in the spring.

“Learning to read has the power to transform a child’s life and help ensure future success in school,” Garcia said in a press release.

‘Grease’ set to debut Nov. 21 at high school

Performances for Moffat County High School’s fall musical, “Grease,” are at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22 and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in the MCHS auditorium.

Tickets are $5 for general seating and $10 for the VIP center section. Tickets and merchandise can be purchased at www.moffattickets.org.

For more information, email moffattheatre@gmail.com or call 970-824-7036.

Lunch series to focus on Affordable Care Act

A new educational lunch series aims to focus on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on local businesses.

The series —presented by Yampa Valley Medical Center, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Wells Fargo — will kick off at noon Friday at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus auditorium. 

Speakers, including insurance broker Lockton Companies Vice President Eric Hirschberg and Colorado Health Institute CEO Michelle Lueck, will discuss policy issues related to the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance exchange, Medicaid expansion, employer options, preventative care and the cost curve, according to a news release. The speakers also will be available to answer questions.

“As a leading health care organization in the region, we are happy to host this luncheon series,” Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Frank May said. “Health care reform is upon us, and we want to help individuals and community businesses understand the ramifications of the changes that are coming.”

The lunch is free for Steamboat Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Lunch is provided by Colorado Mountain College catering. Registration is available at www.eventbrite.com/event/8740580311.

The series continues Dec. 13 with the Affordable Care Act’s impact on businesses and Jan. 17 with a presentation about integrated and mental health.

Christmas tree permits now on sale in Meeker

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the White River Field Office now are on sale, according to a press release.

Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St. in Meeker, Monday through Friday. Permits also are available at the Rio Blanco County Clerk Office in Rangely. 

Pinyon pines and junipers are the only types of trees that may be cut. The BLM allows three permits per household at a time to be purchased for family and friends for personal use.

Maps of designated cutting areas can be found at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html or at the White River Field Office. Maps also are available when purchasing permits. 

BLM recommends bringing along a handsaw, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets.

Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths. Weather and road conditions can change quickly. Four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are recommended for all cutting areas.

For more information, call the BLM information desk at 970 878-3800.

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