Craig briefs: District attorney formally announces re-election bid |

Craig briefs: District attorney formally announces re-election bid

— 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey has formally announced he is running for re-election.

“I am pleased to announce that I am running for re-election as your district attorney in 2016,” Barkey said in a news release. “I am proud to have spent nearly 30 years in public service, including the past four years as district attorney for Grand, Routt and Moffat counties, where I fought for justice for victims and accountability for offenders. With your support, I look forward to continuing that service for another four years.”

No other candidates have announced they will be running against Barkey in the November election. He has a campaign website at brettbar

Barkey will be running as a Republican.

Barkey was the assistant district attorney for the 14th Judicial District in 2011-12. He was appointed to fill the district attorney vacancy in August 2012 and was elected in an unopposed election in 2012.

Connections 4 Kids set to host annual art show

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting its 5th annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show Feb. 11 to Feb. 13, according to a news release.

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. 11; 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 12; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, including during downtown Craig’s annual ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. On Feb. 11, Connections 4 Kids will also be celebrating the kickoff for its new Parent Education Center at the Center of Craig from 5 to 7 p.m.

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 2016-17 Connections 4 Kids calendar, which will feature important dates, activities and ideas for families and 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.

National monument opens river permit lottery

The lottery is open until Jan. 31 for noncommercial river permits for the high-use season on the Green and Yampa Rivers in Dinosaur National Monument, according to a news release from the monument.

Applicants can access and submit the form by logging on to 

All lottery applications must be submitted by 10 p.m. Jan. 31. The lottery allows boaters to compete for 300 permits available for high-use season.

Musicians, chocolatiers, artists needed for event 

The annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.  

The Downtown Business Association is looking for artists, musicians and chocolatiers to fill our downtown businesses with art, food and music.

Artists and musicians can call Liane Davis-Kling at Downtown Books at 970-824-5343.

Chocolatiers should call Nadine Daszkiewicz with the Kitchen Shop at 970-824-8148.