Craig Briefs: Inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival |

Craig Briefs: Inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Inaugural Yampa Valley Crane Festival

Sunday, Sept. 16-19

All day event

Steamboat Springs and Hayden

Four days of free events surrounding the region’s magnificent Sand hill Cranes.

Sandhill Cranes are an iconic species of the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado. For years, a group of enthusiastic birders and nature lovers has gathered each fall at a small ranch near Hayden, Colorado, to watch the cranes – both the adults and their young – forage for food, dance in the fields, and practice flying in anticipation of their grand migration south to warmer wintering territory. The sights and sounds of these spectacular birds on their fall staging ground in the Yampa Valley led some to dream about an event in which locals and tourists would gather together to learn about this population of cranes and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado.

The festival will take place in Steamboat Springs and Hayden from September 16-19, and will feature crane viewing, expert speakers, films, family activities, a photography workshop, a crane art show, and more. All scheduled events are open to the public and free.

For a day-by-day schedule of festival events, go to

Career Guidance C+CTE Collaborative

Colorado Northwest Community College

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012

1 p.m. till 4 p.m.

1st Bi-Annual NO COST (and Un-Biased) gathering with structured Best Practice Sharing, Technique Trading, Update Providing, Resource Collaborating & Creating Career Guidance Processes with regional colleagues.

The essence is to focus on meaningful processes for students in addition to learning/sharing about these processes from each other.

Because our state does best when we share, collaborate and learn from each other. Because it is the 2nd year of ICAP implementation, the 1st year of Educator Effectiveness, a continuing year of Concurrent Enrollment, the 1st year of Endorsed Diplomas, the best year to share what’s working, the perfect time to innovatively connect with your fellow ‘career guiders’ (P-21) for a PoWeRful Colorado.

Advocate for an abused child, become a CASA volunteer

Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA is now recruiting volunteers to become advocates in court for abused and neglected children in Routt, Moffat and Grand Counties. Training begins in October and applications are available online at CASAs provide abused children a voice in court to assist in assuring all children are placed in a safe, permanent home and that their social, emotional, educational and medical needs are met. CASAs (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provide needed information to the the Judge and coordinate with parties in a case with emphasis on the child’s needs. To become a CASA, a volunteer must be passionate about helping children and a good communicator. 32 hours of training is required and interested individuals must complete an application and interview. For more information about the program, process, or if becoming a CASA volunteer is right for you, please visit the website or call 970-819-6233.

Girl Scout Smore event planned

Any girl interested in joining Girl Scouts is invited to Loudy-Simpson Park from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 1. Bring 2 non-perishable items to donate to Love INC. Adult Volunteers also are being sought. Come and make a difference to a girl. Registration papers will be available. Any questions, call Tammi at 620-2886 or Jackie at 620-5120

Support group meets twice a month

A support group for those living with cancer meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month upstairs at St. Michael Catholic Church, 678 School St. For more information call Joan 701-9085.

Mountain Housing Workshop Day set for Sept. 7

The Colorado Mountain Housing Coalition is bringing to you, Mountain Housing Workshop Day on Friday, Sept. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Inn, 124 W. 6th Street, Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Jackson Lake State Park Hosts Dutch Oven and Chili Cook-off

Jackson’s Lake State Park’s Second Annual Dutch & Chili cook-off will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone who wants to enjoy good food and have fun, are invited to enter the contest and enjoy the Lake’s recreational opportunities. ALL vehicles must have a $7 daily pass. Entries must be received by Sept. 7. For registration forms and more information, visit, call (970) 645-2551, or emil

Fire officials appreciative of public’s response

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit issued a news release this week Thanking area residents who have reported wildlife fires.

“Having the public reporting fires allows us to respond quicker and work to keep the incidents small,” said Colt Mortenson, Bureau of Land Management fire manager officer. “There are smoke key pieces of information that help us respond more efficiently.”

Fire management officials request residents follow these guidelines when reporting a fire: Call 911

Move out of the fire area and monitor, account for others and move them safely.

State your name and phone number in case more information is needed. Report the location from where you’re seeing fire or smoke, and state the location of the fire, including where you are standing and nearby roads, highways, or landmarks.

Note fuels burning, such as sagebrush, grass or trees, and estimate the size of the fire in acres o football fields.

Public safety is of the utmost importance, fire officials said. Fires can spread quicker than expected, so never attempt to extinguish a blaze yourself.

VNA offering low-cost testing

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association’s Community Health Center 745 Russell St., will offer confidential, low-cost, drop-in STD testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call the health center at 824-8233.

New organization seeking board members

Freedom Hooves, an organization promoting therapeutic riding in Northwest Colorado, is looking for people to serve on the group’s board of directors. Anyone interested should send a letter stating their interests and what they can bring to the board. Letters may be emailed to, or mailed to P.O. Box 832, Hayden, CO, 81639. For more information, call 757-0331, 701-9085 or 629-5761.

EDP annual meeting set

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership will hold their 2012 annual meeting on Wednesday, September 19th from 11:30-1 PM in the main floor conference room of the Moffat County Courthouse. All members in good standing are eligible to vote for members of the Board of Directors or to run for a position. There are currently 3 officer positions open, each with a 3 year term. Ballots will be cast in person at the annual meeting. If you are interested in a position or need more information, please contact or call 620-4370.

“Skype-A-Lawyer Night” slated

Do you need help or information with a civil legal problem? The NW Colorado Legal Services Project and The Memorial Hospital are sponsoring a “Skype-A-Lawyer Night” on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at The Memorial Hospital. Qualified clients will have a 20-30 minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association. “Skype-A-Lawyer Night” is a free service for low-income residents beginning at 5:30pm in the lobby area of The Memorial Hospital. To prequalify or for further information, call 276-2161 or 1-800-521-6968. Drop-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

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