Briefs for Nov. 27 |

Briefs for Nov. 27

The Baggs Police Department accepted a vehicle donation from Devon Energy Corporation this month. The vehicle, a 2002 Chevy half-ton Silverado with four-wheel drive, will be used for patrol and first-response purposes. Representatives from the Baggs Police Department accepted the truck at a presentation Tuesday at the Baggs Town Hall. The truck will be used as a first-response vehicle to assist the ambulance, fire department and emergency medical service in the Little Snake River Valley area.

“We appreciate Devon’s kind donation of this vehicle to the Baggs Police Department and are thrilled that Devon is a company that gives back to the community,” Baggs police Chief Mark Lapinskas said. “They work in Baggs and care about our people. We are thankful that they are a part of our community.”

Devon Energy Corporation has a tradition of supporting local emergency response communities such as fire departments and emergency medical service units. Devon also has donated trucks to the Clearmont Fire District and the Washakie County Search and Rescue this year.

Ski Club mandatory meeting at 7 Thursday

There will be a mandatory Ski Club meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Craig Middle School auditorium. Every member who has enrolled must attend this meeting. Children younger than 19 must attend with a parent. Anyone who does not attend the meeting will be refunded their $10 enrollment fee and dropped from the club. Questions can be directed to the Craig Parks and Recreation Department at 826-2029.

IRS looking for residents who are owed refunds

The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 1,713 Coloradans whose income tax refund checks were returned from the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable. Nine of those taxpayers are in Craig: Nicole Cromer, Joel and Jacqueline Harry, Mary Paulson, Justin Pankey, Alma Cerna, Glenda Ehlers, Kenneth Nielson and Ruben Hernandez.

Refund checks go astray for reasons that can vary with each taxpayer, but usually it’s because a life change causes an address change.

“If we owe you money, we’d like to get it to you,” IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. “All you have to do is tell us where you are. Our Web site makes it easy for taxpayers to track their undelivered refund checks.”

Taxpayers can go to the IRS Web site at and click on “Where’s my refund check?” An address change form also can be accessed on the site. Those without Internet access can call the toll free assistance line at 1-800-829-1040.

Downtown merchants prepare for holidays

The holiday season starts next week, and the Craig Downtown merchants have lots of holiday events planned.

On Nov. 27, entries for the gingerbread house contest are due. After judging, they will be displayed in storefronts downtown. The Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m.

Dec. 5 is the annual Shop Tax Free Day. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the tax for purchases will be paid by the merchants.

On Dec. 12, the downtown merchants are having a Holiday Open House. Visit all the stores downtown, and play the gingerbread word search game. The open house is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Don’t burn the turkey at holiday time this year

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service offers the following tips for safely roasting a turkey:

n Set your oven temperature no lower than 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

n Place your turkey or turkey breast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

n For more even cooking, it is recommended you cook your stuffing outside the bird in a casserole. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the stuffing. The center should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

n If you choose to stuff your turkey, the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time; however, keep wet and dry ingredients separate. Chill all of the wet ingredients (butter/margarine, cooked celery and onions, broth, etc.). Mix wet and dry ingredients just before filling the turkey cavities. Fill the cavities loosely. Cook the turkey immediately. Use a food thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

A whole turkey should be cooked to 180 degree Fahrenheit. To check for doneness, insert a food thermometer in the thickest part of the inner thigh without touching the bone.

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