Craig briefs: Michael Jackson dies Thursday |

Craig briefs: Michael Jackson dies Thursday

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted “King of Pop” who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world’s most influential singer and dancer before his life and career deteriorated in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He was 50.

The person said Jackson died in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.

‘Charlie’s Angel’ Farrah Fawcett dies at age 62

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Farrah Fawcett, whose luxurious tresses and blinding smile helped redefine sex appeal in the 1970s as one of TV’s “Charlie’s Angels,” died Thursday after battling cancer. She was 62.

The pop icon, who in the 1980s set aside the fantasy girl image to tackle serious roles, died Thursday shortly before 9:30 a.m. PDT in a Santa Monica hospital, spokesman Paul Bloch said.

Volunteers needed for Horizons services

Horizons Specialized Services, a group that helps disabled area residents, is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to Horizons clients. Volunteers spend at least three hours a month with Horizons clients.

Activities can include hiking, biking, bowling, swimming, fishing and walking, among others. If interested, call Rebecca Hanson at 879-4466, ext. 111.

Yampa River cleaning to take place Tuesday

The Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrot Heads will be gathering people to participate in a green activity.

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, the group will meet at Pebble Beach on the Yampa River, just behind the Yampa Valley Golf Course, to clean up the beach. After an hour, the group will float down the river to Loudy-Simpson Park to clean the river as they float downstream.

Anyone who wishes to participate can join but is asked to provide their own gloves. Garbage bags will be supplied.

For more information, call Mike or Suzanne Brinks at 824-4712.

NW Colorado Tea Party Patriots parade float

A meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday for anyone interested in joining the Northwest Colorado Tea Party Patriots float for the Steamboat Springs Fourth of July Parade.

The meeting will be at Loudy-Simpson Park, 500 S. Ranney St. For more information or questions, call 824-0105.

Editorial Board seeks new members for term

The Craig Daily Press is seeking three to four people to participate on its next Editorial Board. Editorial Board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions. Terms last three months. Call Editor Joshua Roberts at 875-1791, or e-mail him at

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