Craig briefs: Senior center asking residents to design logo

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In its progress to provide a central location for present and future activities of seniors in Craig and Moffat County, the interim board needs to have a logo for instant visual identity of its new name: Senior Social Center. The mission statement of the center is “to establish a permanent accessible gathering place to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens through socialization, exercise, creativity and education.”

The competition will involve the public voting on submissions at Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, Wednesday through Saturday at Loudy-Simpson Park. The logo will be used for stationery and signs, but the only prize is the recognition of the artist in news releases and publicity. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. today. Turn submissions in to any board member or mail them to P.O. Box 591, Craig, CO 81625. The members of the interim board are Evelyn Tileston, Jackie Camp, Eldon Holland, Norma Levitt, Jean Jones, JoAnn Baxter and Kathy Fegan.

Saturday is golf tourney registration deadline

The 14th annual The Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the Yampa Valley Golf Course on June 20. Check-in time is 11 a.m. with a noon shotgun start.

The tournament, a 4-man team scramble format, benefits the Hospital Foundation. Teams may buy mulligans, and the mulligan tickets will be used in a drawing for prizes.

The price of the tournament is $60 per person or $240 per team, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, appetizers and a chance to win cash prizes. Carts are guaranteed for the first 25 teams. Team prizes include first place $75 spree bucks per person gross and net, second place $50 spree bucks per person gross and net, third place $25 spree bucks per person gross and net. Contests include straightest drive and closest to the pin.

Registration forms are available at the Yampa Valley Golf Course and The Memorial Hospital. Submit registration forms with your payment to The Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1203, Craig, CO 81626. Deadline for registration is Saturday. For information, call Eva Peroulis with The Memorial Hospital Foundation at 970-826-2424 or email eva.peroulis@tmhcraig.org.

Plein air painting kicks off June 18 in Meeker

The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a plein air painting competition with a grand prize of $1,000 from June 18 through July 4. Paintings have to be on stamped boards, framed and turned in by July 2. There will be a meet and greet July 3 and a Quick Draw on July 4. There is an entry fee $15 per board and the paintings must be of areas within 50 miles of downtown Meeker.

Call the Meeker Chamber at 970-878-5510 for more information. A plein air painting outing is offered by Hayden artists. Artists will congregate at 8:30 am June 16 at the Granary in Hayden and travel to the Elkhead Schoolhouse north of town.

Rio Blanco art auction is seeking original art

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society will host an art auction during the Fourth of July holiday in Meeker. It would like one or two original pieces of art to display beginning July 1 at the Fawn Creek Gallery with a silent auction. Dee Weiss, the owner of Fawn Creek, is donating mount, mat and shrink wrap to promote the show. Call Sparky Pappas, of RBC, at 970-878-9982 at the museum for more information.

MCHS Class of 1974 to host 40th reunion

Moffat County High School class of 1974 will host its 40th reunion at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Popular Bar.

On Aug. 2, the class will have a dinner at the Tin Cup restaurant at the golf course with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner. The fun will continue Aug. 3 with a farewell gathering at 9 a.m. at the O.P. Bar and Grill for breakfast and visiting. If you are a classmate and have not been notified or need more information, call Joe Brookshire at 970-824-8574 or email j.brookshire@bresnan.net.

Caution from Forest Service about run-off

As the snowpack rapidly melts and National Forest roads open, the possibility of visitors encountering road damage caused by winter run-off is becoming more likely, according to a press release.

U.S. Forest Service crews are finding damage in a variety of areas and are addressing issues as soon as possible, either fixing the problem or temporarily closing the area until repairs can be made.

Travelers on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland should use caution as they venture out.

Sustained and flash flooding, as well as washed out roads and plugged culverts are just some of the current issues as snows recede and watersheds swell.

Ground conditions vary widely across the MBRTB, so visitors should be aware of how snowpack and saturated soils affect travel as they enter areas they haven’t seen in months.

As a whole, roads throughout the MBRTB are soft, wet and muddy prompting words of caution for visitors from Forest officials. Many campgrounds and recreation areas now are open, however, access may be difficult and care should be taken.

Visitors should know the weather forecast in advance and check with the local Ranger District for current area status. Respect closures and use caution when approaching water crossings and when driving in low-light conditions.

Current information can be found on the MBRTB website.

AAA Colorado to offer bicycles roadside help

AAA Colorado is expanding roadside assistance to include bicycles for its members statewide, according to a press release. Effective Thursday, transportation service is provided for members when their bicycle is disabled or inoperable, with no increase in membership dues. A service vehicle will meet you at a trailhead or on a publicly traveled road and transport you and your bike to the location of your choice. Service vehicles are not equipped to repair a member’s bicycle or change a flat tire.

“Offering bicycle service is another great benefit for our AAA Colorado members and we’re proud to be one of the first AAA clubs in the United States to do so,” said Tony DeNovellis, CEO and president of AAA Colorado. “Riding bicycles is becoming more popular, as Coloradans are concerned about fitness, the economy and the environment. Whether our members are riding for fun or commuting to work, we’ll be there to offer assistance if their bicycle breaks down.”

Colorado is ranked as the second most bike friendly state by the League of American Bicyclists, with 19 bicycle-friendly communities. Bicycling is a $1 billion economic driver in the state-including manufacturing, retail and tourism.

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