Craig briefs: Lawmakers work to stop human trafficking |

Craig briefs: Lawmakers work to stop human trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House this week passed a series of bills focused on preventing abductions, dismantling networks and prosecuting offenders as well as provide recovery resources for victims of human trafficking, according to a news release from Congressman Scott Tipton’s office.

Tipton worked with his colleagues to pass Katie’s Law in the Colorado State House, later going on to help get the measure signed into law at the federal level in 2013. The federal Katie’s Law authorizes the Attorney General to award grants for states to implement minimum DNA collection standards and enhanced collection processes to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to track down violent offenders, keep our women and children safe, and bring closure to cold cases.

“It’s hard to imagine anything more horrific than the abuse and suffering that the victims of human trafficking endure. As a nation we have a moral obligation to do everything within our power to put an end to this human tragedy,” Tipton said in a statement. “I’m proud that this week the House has advanced 12 bills set on stopping human trafficking, getting offenders off of the streets and aiding victims with their recovery. I urge the Senate to move quickly on these important bills.”

Community Square Dance set for Friday

A Community Square Dance will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Everyone in the community is invited. Pat and Wanda McBride, experienced teacher callers, will visit from Grand Junction to help with the event. Also, Mrs. McCormick’s P.E. classes from Sunset Elementary School will be performing a dance they have learned. For more information, call Betta Boatright at 970-824-2046.

CSU Extension to host ag workshop Feb. 11

Colorado State University Extension, through a grant from USDA, is offering the Leaving a Lasting Legacy workshop to Northwest Colorado agriculture families from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Routt County Courthouse’s Board of County Commissioners meeting room in Steamboat Springs.

The workshop will feature Jeff Tranel and Dr. Norm Dalstead, CSU agriculture and business management economists, and is intended to help families plan for the passing of a lasting legacy from one generation to the next and gives them the opportunity to share their most important beliefs, wishes and lessons learned throughout a lifetime.

In addition, those who attend can learn how to most effectively transfer finances and real estate.

The cost is $25 for the first family member, $10 each additional and includes materials and lunch.

The event is open to all families in the counties that make up Northwest Colorado, including Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Jackson and more.

For more information, visit and to register, call the Routt County Extension office at 970-879-0825.

Saturday’s Poker Run to offer fun for charity

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will sponsor its annual Poker Run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead Parking Lot. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Card stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for each hand or $25 for three. Proceeds go to the local students scholarship fund. An awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at the O.P. Bar & Grill, dinner will be available for purchase and prizes will be awarded at 7 p.m.

Elkhead Reservoir to be discussed at coffee event

The Craig Daily Press will host its next Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. The topic of conversation will surround the non-native fish issue at Elkhead Reservoir. Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will moderate the discussion. The event is open to the public. Free coffee and pasteries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

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