Craig briefs for Nov. 1 |

Craig briefs for Nov. 1

New law authorizes Veterans’ Salutes

Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform now can render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

“The military salute is a unique gesture of respect that marks those who have served in our nation’s armed forces,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “This provision allows the application of that honor in all events involving our nation’s flag.”

The new provision improves upon a little-known change in federal law last year that authorized veterans to render the military-style hand salute during the raising, lowering or passing of the flag, but it did not address salutes during the national anthem. Last year’s provision also applied to members of the armed forces while not in uniform.

Traditionally, members of the nation’s veterans service organizations have rendered the hand-salute during the national anthem and at events involving the national flag while wearing their organization’s official head-gear.

The most recent change, authorizing hand-salutes during the national anthem by veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel, was sponsored by Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, an Army veteran. It was included in the Defense Authorization Act of 2009, which President Bush signed Oct. 14.

Local musician Ben Longwell releases CD

Local musician Ben Longwell has released his first CD, “One Life.” Longwell performs all the songs and plays all the instruments on this CD.

Most of the songs, both the music and the lyrics, were written and produced by Longwell.

With a western/folk style, this music encourages the listener to slow down, rest a bit, and reflect.

“In these days of intensity and stress, it is important to stop and express gratefulness to God and those he has put in our lives,” Longwell said of his work, “and we need to know what we believe and why.”

Longwell is a Craig native. His mother home-schooled him here, along with his 11 siblings.

He worked with his brother, Jon, on local ranches, and traveled to China and Israel on mission trips.

During one of those China trips, he met his wife, Natalie, a missionary from New Zealand.

They were married in 2008 and now make their home in Moffat County.

A cowboy at heart, Longwell continued his education with horses and now trains horses full time with Joe Willingham.

The CD is available at Downtown Books in Craig. Call 824-5343 for more information.

Ben Longwell can be contacted at

Three Tenors set to perform Sunday

Singing of love, conquest, betrayal and heartache, from a melting serenade to a spine tingling ‘high C’, the tenor voice romances its listeners.

In the Craig Concert Association’s case, the romance is tripled with three tenors, all young, talented, classically trained vocalists with a strength for spirited storytelling. This trio, Romanza, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Moffat County High School Auditorium.

Romanza is Philip Grant, Todd Jang, and Frederik Robert; experienced tenors charged with vitality and talent and born to entertain on the international stage. In addition to reinvigorating opera hits, Italian favorites and popular folk songs live, the trio also released its own album, “Genuine,” in 2006. Successfully bridging the gap between opera and pop, Romanza is accessible to music lovers of all kinds.

Tickets for Romanza are $20 at the door, or purchase a $30 membership for the season. For more information, call Julie Dempster at 824-5251.

CIS to host book fair Monday to Friday

Craig Intermediate School’s library will host a Scholastic book fair from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday at the school, 201 E. Ninth St. The book fair will feature a wide range of books for children, young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy trilogies, sports guides and the latest bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, the book fair will feature a family night that will include games, prizes and refreshments. The book fair will help promote literacy and reading, and it also will raise money for school resources. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to attend. For more information, call 824-3287.

Career and technical center a CNCC priority

Ensuring that a new career and technical building goes up at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s new Craig campus is a top priority for the college’s fundraising campaign.

“Our campaign focus must be the funding of a career and technical center,” John Boyd, CNCC president, said in a news release.

During a feasibility study conducted in Craig other CNCC service areas last year, community leaders indicated that constructing a career and technical building in Craig should be the college’s top priority.

The building “is needed now more than ever,” Boyd said.

On Oct. 1, John Boyd, CNCC president announced its fundraising campaign for capital construction and renovation is now open to the private sector. The college hopes to generate $3 million for the Craig campus build-out phase, which is scheduled to extend into 2011 and includes construction of a career and technical center.

Ultimately, CNCC will need to raise close to $40 million to complete projects in Craig, Rangely and outlying areas, according to data provided by CNCC.

Applications available for Elks scholarships

One of the main goals of the Elks Club, nationally and locally, is to give time and money to local youths. The Elks National Foundation awards nearly $2.3 million in scholarships to students every year. Applications for these scholarships are available from the Craig Elks Lodge No. 1577.

Awards given include:

• Two first-place awards of $60,000 each over four years; one goes to a male and one to a female

• Two second-place awards for $40,000 each over four years; one goes to a male and one to a female

• Two third-place awards for $20,000 each over four years

• Two fourth-place awards for $16,000 each over four years

• Two fifth-place awards for $12,000 each over four years

• Four sixth-place awards for $10,000 each over four years

• Four seventh-place awards for $8,000 each over four years

• 482 runners-up awards for $4,000 each over four years

The deadline is to apply is Jan. 9, 2009.

For an application, call Frank Sadvar from Elks Lodge No. 1577 at 824-3557 and leave a message, or visit

VA changes key enrollment forms

Veterans service officers, social workers and others who assist veterans with enrollments into the Veterans Affairs Health Care System are asked to ensure they have the latest version of VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits. The new form is dated March 2008. Older forms do not ask for all newly required information.

For replacement forms or details call 970-242-0731, ext. 2542 or ext. 2462.

Yampa Valley Chorus names new director

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines recently named Emily Pfeifer as the choral group’s new director.

She comes to the group with lots of expertise. She has a master’s degree in choral directing and a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. Pfeifer’s husband is a new deputy district attorney.

The Yampa Valley Chorus members will vote on and sign her contract Thursday night at Sunset Elementary.

The choral group will be looking for new members in coming weeks.

For more information, call Brenda Hershiser, Yampa Valley Chorus team leader, at 824-5993.

Class on coping with disease starts Nov. 10

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Would you like to learn new ways to cope with an ongoing condition such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, arthritis or asthma, just to name a few?

Call Mary Morris at 970-824-1135 for more information about a free, six-session Healthier Living class starting Nov. 10 at Sunset Meadows I, in Craig. The class runs through Dec. 15, with sessions held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Space is limited, and preregistration is required.

Energy producers have dinner meeting Nov. 11

The Northwest Colorado Energy Producers Association will hold a dinner meeting Nov. 11 at VFW Post No. 4265.

Cocktails will be served before dinner, from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and the prime rib or baked chicken dinner is at 7.

A presentation by a representative of Trapper Mine will be held from 8 to 8:45 p.m.

Tickets cost $30 per person.