Craig briefs: Lincoln Day events to debut Monday, Tuesday

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“Lincoln’s Happiest Day” will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday in the Moffat County High School Auditorium. President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, as played by professional Lincoln presenters John and Pamela Voehl, will reflect on the struggles and successes of Lincoln’s presidency and life. They will then field questions from the audience in character. The event is sponsored by the Colorado Northwestern Community College Student Activities group and is free to all.

“The Gettysburg Address and the Rest of the Story” will be presented at 1 p.m. Tuesday at CNCC’s Media Center, on the second floor of the Academic Building. President Lincoln, portrayed by John Voehl, will discuss what went into the writing of the Gettysburg Address and its place in the Civil War and American history. This event is sponsored by the CNCC Student Activities group and is free and open to the whole community.

President Lincoln, as portrayed by John Voehl, also will give a presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Younger members of the community and their parents are welcome to attend as President Lincoln talks about his life and the difficulties he encountered.

Scam alert issued for all YVEA members

We have received several calls from members alerting us that they have received calls from persons fictitiously representing YVEA. The persons are telling members that they have not received payment for their November bill and power will be disconnected if a payment is not received. This is a scam. The number from caller ID is 866-373-4410 and when called is answered as “Disconnection Department.” This is a not a legal or recognized representative of YVEA. If you receive a call of this nature, call your local police department or YVEA at 970-879-1160 and report it. Remember to never give personal or bank information to unknown parties.

State of the County takes place Friday

State of Moffat County, State of the City and State of the Chamber takes place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Inn & Suites. This year’s keynote speaker is Colorado Hospital Association President Steven Summer. A variety of business awards will also be distributed that evening. Cocktails will be at 6 p.m. with dinner and the program starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.craig-chamber.com, or call Christina Oxley at 970-824-5689.

Free carpool matching service available online

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release.

Organizers hope the website, www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

Wise electricity usage saves money in winter

Atmos Energy is encouraging its customers to save money on their winter heating bills by reducing their energy usage.

“A little planning goes a long way when it comes to reducing winter heating bills,” Colorado/Kansas Division President Gary Gregory said.

Energy-saving tips:

■ Change or clean furnace filters once each month during the heating season.

■ Set your water heater’s temperature at 120 degrees.

■ Set your thermostat to 70 degrees during the day and 58 degrees when away from home for more than a few hours.

■ Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close cabinet and closet doors on outside walls.

If you are having trouble paying your utility bill, visit www.atmosenergy.com to learn more about energy assistance programs. Low-income customers are eligible for federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helps pay energy bills and weatherize homes.

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