Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press 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.

‘Grease’ to debut at high school Thursday

Performances for Moffat County High School’s fall musical, “Grease,” are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 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.

Salvation Army recruits holiday bell ringers

The Craig Service Extension Unit of the Salvation Army is planning its annual Kettle Campaign for Moffat County, according to a press release. The campaign will run weekends from Nov. 29 through Christmas Eve.

Volunteers are needed to ring the bells at various locations in Craig. Shifts may be as short as one hour or as long as four hours.

All of the funds raised during the Craig Kettle Campaign remain in Moffat County to help residents throughout the year. Rent, utilities and medical needs are some of the areas where the Salvation Army helps people in need. Ten percent of the donations are added to an emergency fund that may only be used in Moffat County.

The Kettle Campaign is the only fundraising project that the Salvation Army does in Moffat County each year. The pennies, dimes and dollars dropped into the kettles help to keep up with the growing need for assistance in today’s economy.

The Craig Service Extension Unit volunteers work in coordination with Love INC to make sure that donations are used carefully where they will do the most good.

For more information about the Salvation Army in Moffat County or to volunteer as a bell ringer, call Luann Kline at 970-824-5926.

Annual Great American Smokeout is Thursday

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday. Make this your day to quit. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show that support significantly can improve a person’s chance for success. The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or visit www.smokefree.gov. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Craig or Steamboat Springs. There is no fee for the service. To be connected with a cessation counselor in Craig or Steamboat Springs, call 970-871-7634.

Series on Affordable Care Act opens Friday

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 the Colorado Mountain College 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.

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.

Colorado gas prices continuing to fall

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado dropped 5.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.18 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that fell 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.20 per gallon, according to gasoline price website www.gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 24.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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