Craig briefs for Sept. 26 |

Craig briefs for Sept. 26

Book by late area resident now available

“A Very Fruitful Life: The Story of My Life” by Julia Kawcak is now available for sale at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Wyman Museum and Downtown Books. Kawcak was born in 1899 and lived in the Elkhead Creek area. She and her husband, Joe, raised 16 children. The manuscript, “A Very Fruitful Life,” was found with Julia’s personal belongings at the time of her death in 1987 and contained over 100 handwritten notebook pages. Kawcak’s great-granddaughter, Lori Wahl, typed the manuscript. Through Julia’s own words, readers can learn about the early days in Moffat County. For more information about the book, call Downtown Books at 824-5343.

Christian poetry

contest offering money

A $1,000 grand prize is being offered in a special poetry contest sponsored by the Christian Poets Guild, and the contest is free and open to everyone. There are 50 prizes in all, totaling $5,000.

To enter, send one poem of 21 lines or less to Free Poetry Contest, 1638 Dogwood Lane, Acworth, Ga. 30102. Contestants may also enter online at Deadline for entry is Oct. 18.

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Poems may be written on any subject, using any style.

“A typical poem,” contest director Cecilia Gica said in a news release, “might be a love poem, or nature poem, one that inspires the reader.”

Be sure to include names and address on the page with your poem. If you would like a winner’s list, enclose a stamped return envelope.

Flags lowered in honor of fallen soldier

Gov. Bill Ritter ordered United States and Colorado flags to be lowered on all state government buildings Thursday, in honor of Staff Sgt. Wesley Hunter.

Hunter, 28, died Sept. 18 at Fort Hood, Texas, as result of wounds sustained in Iraq. He began his military career as a Colorado National Guardsman in 2001, before joining the Army in 2004.

His interment was Thursday morning at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

Oct. 15 extension to file state income tax

Taxpayers who did not submit their income tax filing by the Tuesday, April 15 deadline are reminded that the extension due date for Colorado’s 2007 income tax filing is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

This is a “paperless” extension, meaning no form was required to ask for an extension. Taxpayers have six months to file on paper or electronically. Those who are expecting an income tax refund may file on or before Oct. 15. Electronic filing of the 104 state tax return through NetFile (online Internet filing) and Telefile (filing by touch-tone telephone) is available until the Oct. 15 deadline. Visit the state Department of Revenue Web site at for links to these services. The extension applies only to filing the tax information; the extension does not apply to any money owed to the state.

If an individual took advantage of the extension and tax is due, that person must have paid at least 90 percent of the tax owed along with form 158-I “Extension of Time to File Voucher” by the April 15 deadline to avoid penalty charges. Those who owe tax and paid less than the required 90 percent of the amount due on or before the April 15 deadline will be charged interest and penalty on the unpaid balance. If the payment was 90 percent or more of the amount owed, the department charges interest but no penalty as long as the 2007 income tax filing and balance owed are submitted by the Oct. 15 extension deadline.

Payments must be postmarked by the Oct. 15 filing deadline date.

• NetFile at can be used to file the tax information and pay tax by credit car or e-check.

• Online tax payment at can be used to pay by credit card or e-check. The system will calculate the total tax owed, plus interest and penalty.

The interest rate this year is 8 percent on tax owed (11 percent if not paid within 30 days of billing). The penalty is 5 percent of the balance due for the first month past the April 15 deadline, then an additional 0.5 percent for each month thereafter, up to a maximum of 12 percent.

During the past filing season (2007) more than 151,000 taxpayers took advantage of the paperless extension of time to file. So far in 2008, more than 42,000 taxpayers made tax payments for the 2007 tax year with the voucher (form DR-158-I) before filing the actual income tax form.

The Department of Revenue encourages electronic filing. For e-file options, visit Current year income tax forms may be found on the Web site or ordered via mail by calling the department’s 24-hour tax forms line at (303) 238-3278.

Hayden 50th class reunion set for Oct. 4

A 50th class reunion for the class of 1958 in Hayden has been set for 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at Hayden City Park.

For more information, call Tonee Gingrich at 826-4712.