Briefs for July 15

The Pack Trial Fire is burning about 10 miles west of Meeker and has grown to about 300 acres. It is burning within the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area and is being managed as a fire use event for natural resource benefits.

Recent fires in the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area have been managed for natural resource benefits.

Wild land fire use gives land managers the ability to allow fire to function in its natural ecological role. Fire is a part of the natural process of wild land ecosystems and some plants and animals depend on it for their survival and regeneration.

The following BLM administered roads are closed to entry of public use until such times as it is safe to reopen them:

Windy Gulch Road, Smith Gulch Road and Upper Smith Gulch Road.

Habitat for Humanity work done today

A Colorado Cares project at Moffat County’s first Habitat for Humanity home restoration at 745 Yampa Ave. will be today and July 22.

The project is sponsored by the Craig Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Luther Church of Grace and First Congregational Church of Craig. Other community members are welcome to help with the project.

The churches will be cleaning up from 4 to 9 p.m. today and again from 4 to 9 p.m. July 22. Bring a main dish, dessert, hammers, crowbars, brooms and garbage bags. Drinks will be provided.

Call Melinda Bobo at 826-2679 or Susan Croteau at 824-7377.

Library program seeks volunteers Aug. 11

“The Library Is Your Castle” Literacy Festival — a medieval fair and the last Moffat County Libraries summer event — is from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Craig branch of the library.

Coordinators are seeking the following volunteers: bagpiper, harpist, strolling minstrel, jester, juggler, tumblers, dancers and a performing dog. Festival booths that need skilled volunteers include calligraphy and French-braiding hair.

Other volunteers and booth participants are needed. For questions or more information, please call Linda Putnam at the Moffat County Library, Craig Branch, at 824-5116, ext. 405.

Free training for English teachers

Comunidad Integrada is offering training for English teachers free of charge at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus. No foreign language skills are necessary. For more information, call Summer Laws at 846-5521.

Head Start accepting applications for fall

The Craig Head Start pre-school is currently accepting applications for the 2005-06 program year.

Qualifying children must turn 3 or 4 on or before Aug. 31.

Report moose, otter sightings to the DOW

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.

Vacation Bible school next week at church

Vacation Bible school takes place daily at First Christian Church from Monday through July 21. The church will be turned into a construction zone that will teach “Building Character Like Jesus.”

The week of activities will include great lessons, games, creative crafts and appearances by guest missionaries Andrew and Johana Stringer and family who are serving in Colombia. Classes are available for students from kindergartners (age 5 by Sept. 1) through adults. Child care is provided for nursery and preschool-age children of anyone attending the adult class.

Sign up in the church foyer beginning at 8 a.m. Monday or call the church office at 824-6024.

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