Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to talk local economics

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The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Village Inn. This month, General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about the various community groups working to boost Craig’s economic development. Coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Parent meeting on Common Core today

Moffat County School District will host a meeting for parents from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the district administration building, 775 Yampa Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to address concerns with Common Core Standards and other parts of the educational system.

For more information, call Zack Allen at 970-826-6343.

Elementary schools to offer literacy events

There will be numerous literacy-themed events offered at each of the local elementary schools this week.

East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset Elementary Schools will be featuring programs today to celebrate the birthday of children’s book pioneer Dr. Seuss as part of Read Across America Day.

Sunset’s birthday celebration today includes a pajama dress-up day, a Dr. Seuss lunch and dessert, popcorn presented by the student council and special activities in all classes.

East will host its family literacy night at 5:15 p.m. today, with a book exchange and multiple activities for students and parents centered on reading, followed by dinner.

Both Ridgeview and Sandrock will have special days during the week when parents and guardians can come in before school for breakfast and reading time.

Ridgeview also will have a week of Dr. Seuss-themed dress-up days:

■ “The Cat in the Hat” Monday — Wear stripes.

■ “The Grinch” Tuesday — Wear green, but don’t be grumpy.

■ “The Foot Book” Wednesday — Wear your coolest socks.

■ “Hop on Pop” Thursday — Wear a creative thinking cap.

■ “I’m Not Going to Get Up Today” Friday — Wear pajamas and bring your favorite book.

Ridgeview will host a book exchange at lunchtime Friday, letting students have the chance to trade in as many as three books in good condition. And, don’t forget to attend family math night at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with dinner and fun math activities for kids and parents.

For a full list of events at your child’s school, call East at 970-824-6042, Ridgeview at 970-824-7018, Sandrock at 970-824-3287 or Sunset at 970-824-5762.

Guided sage grouse tours in March, April

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Conservation Colorado along with partners Rocky Mountain Wild, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado is offering an opportunity to get a look at mating greater sage grouse during guided viewing tours in Northwest Colorado from March 28 through April 13.

For thousands of years, sage grouse have returned to their traditional breeding grounds to perform a dramatic and complex dance as they compete for mates. Watching the male sage grouse spread its spiked tail feathers and pop its large air sacs is a treat for birdwatchers or any wildlife enthusiast.

CPW provides a viewing trailer for the guided tour so that people can sit inside and not disturb the grouse on the lek.

The public is reminded that the locations are remote and primitive. Parents with young children or anyone with special needs are asked to inquire about accommodations by contacting Sasha Nelson at sasha@conservationco.org.

For dates, times, information and to reserve your spot, visit www.conservationco.org and click on “Sage Grouse Tours.”

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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