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Craig Briefs: Trucks collide in Rio Blanco County

A Colorado State Patrol official said emergency crews responded to a traffic collision in Rio Blanco County involving a semi-truck and a dump truck about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The accident occurred on Rio Blanco County Road 5 in the Piceance Basin, near Colorado Highway 64.

Both drivers were flown to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction with serious injuries.

Organizations to host open house

Colorado Environmental Coalition and The Wilderness Society staff, members, volunteers and coalition partners plan to host an open house Thursday at their new office at 529 Yampa Ave.

Organizers plan to offer tours from 4 to 7 p.m. and then host a presentation honoring community volunteers, including John Husband, manager of the Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office in Craig.

For more information, call Sasha Nelson at 824-5241.

Students to sing during hayride

First-grade students from Sandrock Elementary School will participate in a hayride through Craig at 12:15 p.m. Thursday.

Two first-grade classes will ride from the schools to Sunset Meadows on Ledford Street, reciting Christmas carols throughout the trip.

Officials have not determined an exact route.

Alegra Corey, a teacher at Sandrock, said the hayride is an attempt to start a new tradition at the school, which reopened to kindergarten through fifth-grade students this year.

The students will have a chili lunch before setting off in the back of two hay-filled trailers.

Rebate program taking applications

Low-income seniors and disabled residents may begin applying to the Colorado Department of Revenue for the Property Tax/Rent/Heat Rebate Program.

Eligible applicants can receive as much as a $600 rebate for property taxes or as much as $192 of their heating bills paid in 2009.

The rebates are only available to those who lived in Colorado for the entire year and paid property tax, rent or heating bills.

Applicants also must meet the following criteria:

• For a single person, annual income must be less than $12,000.

• Married couples must have an annual income of less than $15,700.

• The applicant or his or her spouse must be 65 or older by Dec. 31, be a surviving spouse of at least 58 or be a disabled person of any age.

• Applicants must be legal U.S. residents who were not claimed as a dependent on any other person's federal income tax return.

More information about applications and the rebate process can be found at by clicking the "Property Tax/Rent/Heat (PTC) Rebate" button or by calling 303-238-7378.

Cardio assessments are available Friday

Free cardiovascular assessments, including full cholesterol panel, glucose levels and body mass indexes, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig, 745 Russell St. Call 819-1771 to make an appointment.

Bennet representative to appear in Steamboat

Todd Hagenbuch, regional representative for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, plans to host "Conversations with Coloradans" on Thursday in Steamboat Springs.

The event will be a town hall meeting designed to allow residents to communicate with Bennet and his staff or inquire about help dealing with federal agencies.

Hagenbuch plans to appear from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call Hagenbuch at 970-260-9600.

Parade of Museums to take place Saturday

A tour of local museums will take place Saturday starting at the Wyman Museum, 94350 U.S. Highway 40.

The tour of Northwest Colorado focuses on culture and heritage and will last until 4 p.m. Participants will be treated to a light brunch, snacks and cider.

Tickets are $15 and $10 for seniors and are available at Wyman Museum, Museum of Northwest Colorado and Colorado Northwest Community College.

For more information, call 824-6346.