Craig Briefs: Love INC distributing winter coats this week

Love in the Name of Christ will be handing out free winter coats to those in need from 10 a.m. to noon today and Thursday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

Anyone who needs a coat regardless of income may receive one, but the rule is one coat per person per year. For those unable to attend, there will be additional distribution sites later in the year.

For more information, call 970-824-6024 or 970-824-4400.

Commissioners name new hospital trustee

At its Oct. 8 meeting, the Moffat County Commission named Catherine Blevins to the board of trustees for The Memorial Hospital.

Blevins, an employee of Yampa Valley Bank, will replace Tinneal Gerber, who announced her resignation from the board during its September meeting. Blevins’ first official meeting as a board member will be in November.

Inside of St. Michael Church vandalized

Juveniles broke into St. Michael Catholic Church in Craig on Friday afternoon and vandalized the inside of the building.

The cleaner for St. Michael entered the building Friday afternoon to discover a mess that extended from the kitchen to the center of the church, said Geronimo Gonzalez, pastor of the church, adding that he was disappointed with the situation.

“It was really unexpected. I would expect something like this to happen in a big city,” he said. “Nothing like that in Craig.”

The mess was widespread, Gonzalez said.

Burned matchbooks littered the floor. Ceremonial robes were strewn across the church. Holes punctured the walls along the hallways. Couches were turned over and the back of one had a gaping tear, like somebody had kicked into it. Food was thrown all over the kitchen floor. Sacramental wine was gone and a wine bottle was broken out front. Sgt. John Forgay said there was even more damage that hasn’t been released.

While Gonzalez said the costs to the church should be minimal, it still put services off a bit for the weekend. Most of the wine was gone, so communion services were cut back.

“We weren’t able to offer the consecrated wine because we had very little,” Gonzalez said.

Eight juveniles between the ages of 10 and 13 have been identified as suspects, Forgay said. Some of their actions, like throwing around matchbooks, qualified as arson, he said.

Domestic violence event is in Craig on Thursday

Advocates Crisis Support Services will be hosting a march at 6 p.m. Thursday in Craig to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sharon Farquhar, executive director of Advocates, said she hopes for a large turnout. Men women, children, dogs and all are welcome, she said.

In years past, as many as 60 people have shown up to give support and learn how domestic violence affects the community. Farquhar said she wants to see even more people this year.

The marchers will meet at the train tracks in City Park and walk to the Moffat County Courthouse. Then, Tracey Lathrop, clinician at Mindsprings Health, will speak about what it means to be a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault and what Craig can do to help survivors.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month nationwide, and Moffat County Commissioners opted to recognize it in the county as well at their Tuesday meeting.

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