Craig briefs: Teacher of the Year nominations sought

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If you have a favorite teacher who you’d like to see win the newspaper’s Teacher of the Year award, nominate them by Friday. Submit your nomination to Craig Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or editor@CraigDailyPress.com.

Tipton hosts town hall meeting Monday in Craig

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will host a town hall meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at 300 W. Fourth St. in Craig. He will answer questions from constituents and give updates about the work he’s doing on the federal level to encourage economic growth and job creation in the 3rd District.

Tipton to speak at Rotary on Tuesday

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will be the guest speaker at Craig Rotary Club at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday at The Memorial Hospital. Community members are encouraged to attend and will receive a complimentary breakfast. For more information, call Craig Rotary President Renee Campbell at 970-875-1788.

New director for Grand Junction VA hospital

Grand Junction — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Saturday the appointment of Marc A. Magill as the new director of VA Medical Center Grand Junction, according to a news release. Magill will oversee delivery of health care to nearly 42,000 veterans and an operating budget of $101 million. 

Magill joined the VA more than 21 years ago and has held several progressive leadership positions. Most recently, he served as acting medical center director for a complexity Level 1-A health care system that includes two medical center divisions, four community based outpatient clinics, two primary care annexes and one offsite mental health recovery center that has 2,459 employees, a budget of $450 million and treated 625,000 outpatients and 60,000 unique patients in fiscal year 2012. 

Nature & Raptor Center offers May 26 raft trip

Echo Canyon River Expeditions and the Nature & Raptor Center of Pueblo will host an informative rafting trip May 26. Learn about the rich biodiversity of the Arkansas River while floating a scenic gentle section of water in upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon. No rafting experience is necessary, as Echo Canyon guides will take care of navigating the rafts. A Nature & Raptor Center Naturalist also will accompany each raft so participants can learn along the way. Only a limited number of spots are open for this trip, so reserve early to secure your space. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Nature & Raptor Center.

Check in at Echo Canyon River Expeditions at 7 a.m. May 26. Expect to float for approximately two hours. After the trip, a live Bird of Prey presentation will take place at Echo Canyon. After the presentation, participants can join the Naturalists at the on-site 8 Mile Bar & Grill restaurant.

Although this is a gentle section of Class 2 whitewater, attendees still are encouraged to wear quick-drying clothing and secure footwear that can get wet. Personal flotation devices are included in the cost. Feel free to bring binoculars, but realize that even on a gentle Class 2 section of river, participants sometimes will see splashes. Cameras are recommended only if they are waterproof. For more information or to register, call 1-800-755-3246 or visit www.raftecho.com/nature-raptor-center-pueblo-interpretive-raft-trip-may-26th-2014.

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