Craig briefs for Nov. 29 |

Craig briefs for Nov. 29

Commission meeting moves to Wednesday this week

The Moffat County Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday this week, instead of at its usual time Tuesday morning. Its meeting agenda will be released Monday or Tuesday, with a full government update running in the Daily Press the following day.

Gingerbread house deadline is Friday

The deadline to enter the Gingerbread House Contest is Friday. All entries must be dropped off at the Museum of Northwest Colorado by 4 p.m. that day.

The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Downtown Business Association in Craig.

“It sounds like it’s going to be bigger and better this year,” said Jan Gerber, of the Museum of Northwest Colorado. She said this observation was based on the number of boards requested upon which people build the houses.

Contest rules are as follows:

• Houses must be constructed on boards provided with entry fee.

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• Entire house must be made of edible products. No lights, cardboard, supporting structures or artificial display materials are to be used. Candies must be unwrapped.

• Cost to enter is $6, with the board included. It is $2 for anyone using a board from a previous year.

• There are three divisions: Adult, Kids ages 11 to 17, Kids 10 and younger.

Entries will be judged Friday, with results posted on Dec. 6. Entries will remain on display through Dec. 20. A first-place and second-place prize will be awarded in each category.

Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. today

The 2008 Craig Lions Club Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. today, beginning at the Craig Middle School parking lot, 915 Yampa Ave. The parade is scheduled to travel south on Yampa Avenue, west on Victory Way, north on Ledford Street and disperse at Centennial Mall parking lot, 1111 W. Victory Way.

This year’s theme is “A Centennial Christmas.” Creation of traditional-style lighted and decorated floats are encouraged. Pre-registration for the event is requested.

Floats will begin to line up at 4:45 p.m. at the CMS parking lot. Entry judging begins at 5:15 p.m. Late arrivals may not be judged for prizes, which include a first-place traveling trophy and Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks.

Throwing candy from any moving entry is prohibited, and candy will be allowed only if float participants walk along the parade route.

For information, call 824-7898.

Tayyara to receive Americanism award

The local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will present Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara the group’s Americanism medal at 7 p.m. Monday at Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way. Tayyara’s friends and constituents are invited to attend the ceremony.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution on naturalized citizens who have shown outstanding leadership and patriotism. The Mount Garfield and the Augusta Wallihan (forming in Craig) chapters are co-sponsoring the award.

For information, call Shannan Koucherik, organizing regent, at 824-9518.

‘The Listening Party’ on Monday at MCHS

KE & Associates and Moffat County Young Life are hosting “The Listening Party” in a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Moffat County High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

For free tickets or information, call 210-772-9660.

Daily Press editorial board seeks members

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next editorial board, which begins Jan. 1, 2009. Editorial board members will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays to discuss the paper’s opinion pieces for the next week’s Wednesday and Saturday papers. Editorial board terms last three months.

To apply, call Editor Jennifer L. Grubbs at 875-1790, or e-mail

Coalition’s work skills survey available online

The Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program Coalition is attempting to narrow the list of work force skills it will teach local students in its upcoming program.

The coalition, which includes members of the local education and business communities, has created an online survey that asks community members to weigh in on essential topics for its program to help students find success as working adults.

The program is scheduled to start in January. Funds from Colorado Works, the state welfare program, will fund the four-month extracurricular course.

There is no deadline for completing the survey.

To complete the Moffat County Work and Life Skills Program online survey, visit

Other links to the survey, which focuses on 21st-century skills and work force readiness, also can be found at the Moffat County School District’s Web site,, and the Craig Chamber of Commerce’s Web site,, and the Daily Press Web site,

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ performance on Dec. 18

The second annual production of Handel’s “Messiah” will take place on Dec. 18 at the Moffat County High School Auditorium.

The performance is free and open to the public.

For more information, call John Bolton at 826-6598 or e-mail, or call Dan Mullens at 826-6604 or e-mail