Briefs for Aug. 25 |

Briefs for Aug. 25

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver has given the Boys and Girls Club of Craig $15,000 to establish, implement and maintain a program promoting lifelong health and physical fitness for youths.

Ronald McDonald House funds organizations with programs related to children’s health and well-being. The Craig program will be called the Fitness Authority.

Craig McDonald’s restaurant owner, Chris Nichols, recommended the club apply for funding in May, based on current programs and services offered there.

The $15,000 will be used to implement the Fitness Authority program as well as purchase equipment such as indoor standards and nets for tennis and pickleball, floor hockey nets, “Dance, Dance, Revolution” game and other fitness equipment such as outdoor recreational equipment.

Because Boys & Girls Club of Craig staff members feel they are indebted to a multitude of businesses and business owners in Craig, beginning in September, the club will feature a “Business of the Month” alongside “Club Members of the Month.”

September’s business of the month is McDonald’s, and the club will have coupons and other giveaways for McDonald’s.

For more information about the club, call 826-0411.

Driver in hospital after running stop sign

Francisco Reina, 60, is being treated in a Grand Junction hospital for a punctured lung, broken ribs and a head injury sustained in a car accident in Rio Blanco County on Monday afternoon.

Reina, the driver of a 1988 Ford Escort GL, struck a 1983 International driven by Bruce Patterson, 50. Reina failed to stop his vehicle at Rio Blanco County Road 65 and the Deserado Mine Haul Road, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Reina’s vehicle collided with the International, then rotated 270 degrees. Patterson had been westbound on the private road when he swerved to avoid Reina’s vehicle.

Reina was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Peterson was not injured and was wearing a seatbelt. Reina faces a charge of failing to observe a traffic control device, according to the CSP.

City Championship held Saturday, Sunday

The Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the City Championship on Saturday and Sunday. There is a men’s, women’s and junior tournament. Golfers are required to belong to the YVGC and have a current handicap. Registration will be accepted until tonight.

TMH gets $50K Caring for Colorado grant

The Memorial Hospital is $50,000 richer thanks to a Caring for Colorado grant. The funds are slated for the Moffat County Care Clinic. The clinic provides medical services for uninsured and underinsured patients.

Caring for Colorado Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization aimed at serving the health care needs of Colorado residents. Since 2003, the foundation has awarded $28 million to health care programs across the state. The foundation gives priority to projects that provide affordable health care to underserved populations.

Boys and Girls Club holding orientations

Orientations in English and Spanish are at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 8 and Sept. 22. Orientations in English only will be offered at noon Aug. 30, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20.

At least one parent must attend one orientation to be able to enroll their children in the Boys and Girls Club. Current membership expires Aug. 31.

Partners hosts leadership summit

Business owners and community leaders are invited to the 2005 Regional Leadership Summit on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 in Craig and Steamboat Springs. The summit, hosted annually by Yampa Valley Partners, will focus on issues affecting Northwest Colorado.

From 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 6, at Centennial Hall in Steamboat Springs, the topic is “Our Region, Our Future.” From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Craig Holiday Inn, the topic is “Our Decisions for Change.”

The purpose of the summit will be to outline innovative solutions for the issues and concerns of Northwest Colorado.

The registration fee is $45 and includes both sessions. Log on to for more information or call (970) 871-7681.

COA tells hunters to check licenses

The Colorado Outfitters Association wants hunters to be sure the outfitters they hire are licensed this fall.

If hunters use an illegal outfitter, they could have their game confiscated, their hunt stopped and could be charged with a felony.

The COA encourages hunters to check their outfitter’s status with the state’s department of regulatory agencies online at

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