Craig briefs: CORRECTION — Dinner benefits Laura Bingham Gonzales |

Craig briefs: CORRECTION — Dinner benefits Laura Bingham Gonzales

The community is invited to attend a chili dinner benefit for Laura Bingham Gonzales, who is battling cancer. The benefit will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

A silent auction featuring a variety of items will be ongoing throughout the evening. Chances to win a handmade quilt still can be purchased before the final drawing. The benefit costs $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 and younger. For more information, call 970-326-7096.

Tipton votes to protect from Obamacare fraud

On Thursday, Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted to protect taxpayers from fraud under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, according to a news release. In July, the administration announced that, for the first year, it would not verify the eligibility of applicants for taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies before issuing them because a system to do so was not yet in place. 

H.R. 2775, the No Subsidies Without Verification Act, of which Tipton is a co-sponsor, passed the House on Thursday and would require a verification system to be in place before subsidies under Obamacare are issued.

Sheep Wagon Days in full swing this weekend

Villard Ranch’s annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days kicked off Thursday with second-grade school tours followed by a family-friendly event, according to a press release. Learn about the sheep industry in Moffat County during this educational agritourism event. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Wyman Living History Museum and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

On Friday, there will be hands-on educational stations that cover all stages of raising sheep in Northwest Colorado as well as the history of an ever-dwindling industry. Stations will include raising sheep, sheepherders, meat, wool, spinning, weaving, butter making, touring sheep wagons and more.

Saturday will include all of the educational stations as well as a bagpiper, live music, vendors, a hay maze, antique tractor pulls, bounce houses, fishing in the oxbow, concessions and more.

The Wyman Living History Museum also will be open during the event, and there is no admission fee. Family events are Saturday only with school events during the week.

For more information, contact event organizer Melody Villard at 970-326-6368 or, or visit

Classes about parenting launch Oct. 1 in Craig

Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, are offering Parenting the Love and Logic Way beginning Oct. 1 in Craig.Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.

Charity Reiser and Michelle Balleck will facilitate the six-week class, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. There will be an optional presentation of “Keys to Helping Kids Cope with Divorce” on Nov. 12.

The class is free to parents and educators of children of all ages. Educators who attend the class can receive continuing education hours. Complimentary refreshments and on-site child care also are available.

For more information or to register, contact Michelle Balleck at 970-824-1081 or

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