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Craig briefs: Shelter dogs to get free training at center

Sue Sternberg, who runs the national Train to Adopt program, will lead a free dog training from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday for shelter dogs at the Center of Craig. About 80 people from across Northwest Colorado signed up for the program and will bring dogs from their shelters.

Laura Tyler, certified professional dog trainer, brought Sternberg out to Craig.

"I saw the need. I work with shelter dogs and new families training shelter dogs," she said.

The dogs are going to be high-energy dogs with a tendency to misbehave but a good heart, like most shelter dogs, Sternberg said.

"Train to Adopt is a program that involves very simple techniques that can be implemented by laypeople as well as trainers," she said.

But, training dogs isn't the end-all part of the program. It's also about improving the quality of life for animals that live in shelters.

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"There are very deteriorating effects of kenneling on dogs," she said.

While Sternberg leads these trainings all over the country, she devotes special attention to the Western Slope.

"I want to give as much to my local community," she said.

Tyler found several local sponsors to host the program, and she expressed excitement about Sternberg leading the training in Craig.

"The program that (Sternberg) developed is just phenomenal," she said.

Craig Daily Press hosts Mom & Me contest 

Enter a photo of moms with their son(s) or daughter(s), and then tell your friends and family to vote for their favorite. The top three photos with the most votes will win great local prizes sponsored by Carrie Hertzog Photography, Kester's Jewelry, Shear Bliss Salon and Nails and Intermountain Appliance.  

Photos can be submitted until 3 p.m. Thursday, and voting begins Sunday, so get your photos submitted. Winners will be announced in the Friday Craig Daily Press. Enter at http://www.explorecraig.com/momandme.

Sidewalk sale Saturday downtown on Yampa

Slow-moving inventory items from downtown businesses will be on display Saturday along Yampa Avenue. Tables will be set up with merchandise.

Coffee and Newspaper to discuss fracking

The Craig Daily Press will hold its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital's Mountain Cafe, where the newspaper's General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about fracking.

Coffee and pastries will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Tipton to speak at Rotary Club on May 13

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., will be the guest speaker at Craig Rotary Club at 6:50 a.m. May 13 at The Memorial Hospital. Community members are encouraged to attend and will receive a complimentary breakfast.

For more information, call Renee Campbell at 970-875-1788.

Forest Service seeking committee members

The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are seeking members to serve on a citizens' Resource Advisory Committee, according to a news release. The RAC reviews and recommends projects, which benefit natural resources on the National Forests in five counties.

The committee was established in 2009 to serve Jackson and Routt counties in Colorado, as well as Albany and Carbon counties in Wyoming. In 2011, the RAC volunteered to assist Rio Blanco County (White River National Forest) to solicit and select projects so that a separate RAC did not need to be formed.

The Medicine Bow-Routt RAC has slots for 15 members representative of a variety of interests and expertise. There are several open positions for both voting members and alternate members. Nominees will be recommended by the U.S. Forest Service and approved by the Secretary of Agriculture.

Applicants must live in Colorado or Wyoming. Members will serve a four-year term without compensation except possible travel expenses.

For an application, please email atvoos@fs.fed.us or call RAC Coordinator Aaron Voos at 307-745-2323. Applications will be accepted immediately.

YVEA members should call police about scams

We have received several calls from members alerting us that they have received calls from people fictitiously representing Yampa Valley Electric Association.

The people are telling members that they have not received payment for their November bill and power will be disconnected if a payment is not received. This is a scam. The number from caller ID is 866-373-4410 and when called is answered as "Disconnection Department." This is a not a legal or recognized representative of YVEA.

If you receive a call of this nature, call your local police department or YVEA at 970-879-1160 and report it. Remember to never give personal or bank information to unknown parties.