Briefs for Aug. 12 |

Briefs for Aug. 12

Every review of Kip Attaway’s shows involve him drinking too much and acting like a madman. He couldn’t be happier.

Attaway is a pre-political correctness comedian and he performs for people who like it that way.

“My shows aren’t pretty,” he said. “It’s not for the squeamish, but it’s supposed to be fun. It’s a chance to laugh at yourself. “I’m an equal opportunity offender.”

His songs are often parodies of well-known tunes like “Libyan on a Jet Plane” and “If You Wanna Ski Steamboat” (sung to “If you’re gonna play in Texas”).

Attaway has been passing through Northwest Colorado for 28 years, often stopping in Steamboat. He played at The Hatch at the Tugboat, “back when the stage was street side,” Attaway said. This time around he chose a stage in Craig.

“My friend Kenny Bradberry is in a country band and we were looking for a reason to hang around together,” he said.

When Attaway started his career almost three decades ago he sang cowboy songs. When he performs in states like Texas and Arkansas he plays more traditional music, but when he’s closer to his home in Jackson, Wyo., he lets loose. It’s hard to predict what his show will involve.

“With the world situation the way it is and the price of fuel, people are looking for a reason to laugh,” he said.

Airport revamping

has begun in Hayden

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Phase II Terminal Expansion Project is under way. Access roads into the airport are being changed and public parking lots are under construction. Airport officials are encouraging the traveling public to have family, friends or commercial ground transportation companies bring passengers to the airport. Parking will be very limited. All flights will be operating on their regular schedules and it is suggested that passengers arrive 90 minutes before scheduled departures.

Local resource available for soil, water issues

The Natural Resources Conservation Service office offers resources and information about soil conditions, water quality, plants and wildlife habitat enhancement. The agency offers help planning and designing irrigation water structures, ditches, ponds, springs and stream bank stabilization structures. Information about cross-fencing, range and pasture seeding, stocking rates, brush control, riparian protection, seedling tree establishment and irrigation water and rangeland management is also available.

All services are offered free of charge. NRCS has been assisting private landowners with conserving resources since 1935. Financial assistance may also be available.

For more information, visit the NRCS field office at the USDA Service Center, 356 Ranney St., in Craig or call 824-3476 to schedule an appointment.

Craig club organizes fantasy football league

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is organizing a fantasy football league this fall.

The winner will receive a copy of Madden 2006, a video game for whichever system the winner chooses.

Teams need to be signed up by Aug. 19. For details or to sign up, call Mike Fraher, AmeriCorps volunteer, at 826-0411, or stop by the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Fire ban at Browns Park National Refuge

Fire restrictions are in effect on the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in Moffat County. The dry vegetation combined with the fuel loading (amount of vegetation), which is more than typical, prompted the need for the restrictions.

Suzanne Beauchaine, acting refuge manager, said, “One of our primary concerns regarding unplanned fires is the risk it poses to the existing Cottonwood community on the refuge. When we lose old cottonwoods, they aren’t being replaced by young ones, and their loss impacts the wildlife population and ecosystem in many ways. Naturally we need to reduce the possibility of any unintentional human-caused fires.”

The restrictions prohibit the following activities:

  • Building or using any open fire, campfire or charcoal grill, except within fully enclosed stoves using pressurized liquid or gas at developed recreation sites.
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands.

Violating fire restrictions on federal lands could result in a fine of $5,000 and six months in jail. Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.

Craig Fire/Rescue is seeking applications for the position of probationary firefighter. This position is volunteer/paid per call, with vested retirement after 10 years and will require a physical, drug screen, psychological test and physical fitness test.

To apply, pick up an application at the fire station between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Return applications no later than 4 p.m. September 1.

Habitat for Humanity Sale

Moffat County Habitat for Humanity is having its second annual yard sale. Proceeds from the event will benefit the group. The sale is from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13 at the parking lot of Brass Key Realty at 840 W. Victory Way.

Donations are being accepted starting Aug. 8. For those who need to have something picked up to donate, call Melinda Bobo at 826-2670. Clothing donations are not needed.

Chip-and-seal work began Monday, Aug. 1 on U.S. Highway 40 from Craig to Hayden. This work will take four or five days to complete. During this work, one-way traffic will be necessary, and a pilot car will be used to protect the traveling public and the construction crews.

Final fog seal of the chipped roadway is scheduled to take place on Aug. 8 and 9. Final striping of the roadway is scheduled for Aug. 11 and 12.

Observe posted speed limits, as they will help prevent cracked windshields. The Colorado State Patrol will have officers on duty to enforce doubled fines for violation of the posted speed limits.

A weekly update will be available at 824-5336.

Small Business center offers funds workshop

A free two-hour workshop, “Funding Sources for Your Business,” will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank of the Rockies, The workshop will provide information about finding money from $1,000 to $2 million. Topics discussed include angel investors, venture capitalists, bank loans and SBA guaranteed loans. Call Willa Jean at 970-824-7078.

Division of Wildlife offering hunter class

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a Hunter Education Class Aug. 15 through Aug. 19 at the Bell Tower Building of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.

All classes must be attended to obtain your Hunter Education Card. To pre-register, please call 824-3046 or 272-3238.

Those interested in the Internet Study Program should 824-3046.

Registration has begun for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days

Registration is under way for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, which returns to Northwest Colorado for the first time in four years. This year’s event will be Sept. 11-13 at The Inn at SilverCreek in Granby.

This is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties to meet with Colorado funders in order to learn more about each other, build relationships, and explore funding opportunities.

The $75 registration fee allows nonprofits access to training, panels and workshops, plus the chance to have valuable face-time with the people from large private and government funders who make the decisions about where to send grant monies.

Online registration may be completed at by clicking on the Rural Philanthropy Days link. Call Nicole at (970) 887-9838 or to receive a form.

Meeker church offers programs for kids

The Faith Baptist Church in Meeker offers a Patch the Pirate Club on Wednesday nights for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade that runs from September to the end of May every year.

Faith Baptist Church will also be having a Vacation Bible School Aug. 14 to 17. Events include a penny offering, games, all kinds of door prizes, and a Bible lesson every night from internationally known John Wayne impersonator, Dr. Gene Howard. The Bible school will begin at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Call the church at 878-3139.

Tickets now on sale for annual Literary Sojourn

Tickets are now on sale for Literary Sojourn, the premier festival of authors in the Rocky Mountain Region. The 13th annual celebration of books and reading will be held Sept. 10 in Steamboat Springs. This year’s master of ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, a regular on NPR’s Morning Edition. Guest authors are Chris Abani, Haven Kimmel, Patrick McGrath and Ruth Ozeki.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn Web site: For more information, call the library at 879-0240 or Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 879-6830.

A ranch horse clinic with Don Ulmer will be held Aug. 19 at the Routt County Fairgrounds, the day before the Routt County Fair ranch horse competition. The cost is $45. Register by calling Marianne Sasak at 879-5214.

A Canned Food Drive BINGO is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug.12 at the Moffat Fairgrounds picnic shelter.

To play, participants must donate two canned foods per BINGO card. Great prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded for each of 12 games. Free root beer floats also will be available, compliments of Elaine Sullivan and friends.

The event benefits the Interfaith Food Bank.

Call Elisa at the CSU Extension Office, 824-9180.

Craig Parks and Recreation is looking for football officials for the 2005 tackle football season. Officials must be at least 24 years of age. Call 826-2006. Sept. 2 is the deadline for inquiries.

Organizers are looking for 1995 classmates for a reunion. Please contact Jolene Walls (Perez) 824-2214 or visit The reunion is planned for Sept 3.

DOW asks people to report animal sightings

Wildlife watchers in the western half of the state can help the Colorado Division of Wildlife track moose and river otters by reporting any sightings to a local DOW office.

Moose were transplanted in Northern Colorado in the 1970s and in southwest Colorado in 1992. Since then, the population has increased steadily. But because the moose are solitary animals and spread out over wide areas, it is difficult for wildlife managers to track their progress.

If you spot a moose or river otter while you are out hiking, fishing or sightseeing please make some notes if possible. Wildlife managers need location, GPS coordinates if possible, type of terrain, number of animals, color, sex, and if animals are adults or juveniles.

To report a sighting, call (970) 255-6100; Monte Vista, (719) 587-6900; Gunnison, (970) 641-7060; Montrose, (970) 252-6000; Durango, (970) 247-0855.

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