Craig briefs: Club 20 names new executive director |

Craig briefs: Club 20 names new executive director

GRAND JUNCTION — The Club 20 Executive Committee announced that Christian Reece, a native to the Western Slope, will assume the role of executive director effective Feb. 9, according to a press release.

“While we will miss our current executive director, Bonnie Petersen, we welcome Christian to Club 20,” Club 20 Board Chairman Les Mergelman said in a statement. “Her enthusiasm, energy and passion for Club 20’s mission combined with her skill set will serve Club 20 well.”

Reece holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Chemistry from Colorado Mesa University. Her professional experience includes acting as a Field Representative for Congressman Scott Tipton. Here she worked closely with western Colorado communities to address their needs. She also spent time as acquisitions coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County; as well as working for a private security firm as both a Project and Office Manager.

“With the commitment from the current CLUB 20 members and staff, the future of the organization is very bright,” Reece said in a statement. “I am honored to be a part of the effort to move the organization forward and continue the good work that has been done since 1953.”

In addition to her professional experience, Reece serves as chairman for the City of Grand Junction Planning Commission, is the past president of the American Red Cross Board of Directors as well as volunteer instructor for the organization. She is also a member of the Colorado Mesa University Alumni Association Board of Directors, and a proud Kiwanian.

Connections 4 Kids to host children’s art show

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting its fourth annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show from Feb. 12 to 14, according to a press release from the organization.

For those who want to submit community art made from those ages 3 to 18, submissions must be turned into Connections 4 Kids by 5 p.m. Monday.

The show will feature more than 300 pieces of art created by Moffat County youths in preschool through high school. The show will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 12; 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, including during downtown Craig’s annual ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, at The Center of Craig located at 601 Yampa Ave.

At the art show, community members may vote by their monetary donations on their favorite pieces among 20 finalists in preschool through fifth grade. The top vote-getter will be featured on the cover of the 2014-15 Connections 4 Kids calendar, which will feature important dates, activities and ideas for families and will be distributed throughout Moffat County. The next top 12 vote-getters will each be placed on their own month, while the seven runners-up will be featured in a tiled fashion on the final month of the school year calendar.

Prints of the 20 finalist art pieces, on high-quality 11 by 17-inch paper, will be available for sale for $15 each. Ornaments, which double as tabletop art, featuring miniature versions of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 finalist pieces on small easels will be for sale for $5 each.

Sponsorship opportunities for Cherish the Little Things children’s art show are still available at the $500, $350 and $150 levels. Proceeds from art show sponsorships, finalist voting, prints and ornaments will support Connections 4 Kids’ projects in its four areas of focus: health; early learning; social, emotional and mental health; and family support and parent education.

To sponsor Cherish the Little Things art show or for more information, call Betsy Overton at 970-824-1081.

“Taming the Wilderness” auditions to be held

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Craig Middle School auditorium for “Taming the Wilderness,” a play written by Craig resident David Morris. 

The play is a tongue-in-cheek, fictional account of how the city of Craig was founded.

The cast calls for at least 10 to 15 people, and parts are available for all ages. No preparation is necessary.

Rehearsals will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for approximately three weeks. The play will be performed in February and all proceeds will go to support the Boys & Girls Club in Craig.

For more information, call David Morris at 970-824-7158.

CPW to conduct audit of registered properties

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting an audit of registered properties in the Landowner Preference Program, formerly the Priority Landowner Preference Program, in 2015, according to a news release.

Some landowners may receive letters to clarify or confirm details of their registered properties. If issues are found these landowner registrations will be corrected or removed from participation.

As announced in a September press release, Colorado Senate Bill 13-188 changed the CPW Priority Landowner Preference Program to the Landowner Preference Program effective July 1, 2014. The new program replaces all previous landowner preference systems.

The program was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.

“One of the more significant changes made between the old and new program is increased oversight,” Steve Znamenacek, the CPW district wildlife manager overseeing the program and its implementation, said in a statement. “One mechanism for enhanced oversight is the use of audits.”

Participating landowners should keep in mind:

■ All grandfathered properties will be audited by July 1, 2016.

■ All properties will be audited at least once every five years.

■ If during the audit issues with the registration are found, landowners will be notified and registrations corrected or removed from participation.

CPW began audits of all registered properties in fall 2014 to ensure compliance with program property and animal-use requirements.

In order to apply for the program, private landowners must register deeded property of 160 contiguous acres or more with Parks and Wildlife by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the following year draw. All Priority Landowner Preference registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were transferred automatically into the Landowner Preference Program. For more information, go to 

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