Craig briefs: Stamp prices increase
New and international postal prices go into effect today.
The cost to mail a U.S. First Class 1-ounce letter will increase by 2 cents, from 42 to 44 cents. The cost to mail a postcard will increase from 27 to 28 cents.
The cost to mail a letter to Canada will be 75 cents, to Mexico will be 79 cents, and it will cost 98 cents to mail a letter to all other countries.
Some postage prices will stay the same, such as the First-Class Mail additional ounce price, which remains at 17 cents, and the cost of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp, which will remain at 55 cents.
The prices for Priority Mail, Express Mail and package shipping will stay the same – they were adjusted in January.
“This new postage increase is badly needed to help cover higher U.S. Postal Service operating expenses,” the Post Service reported in a news release. “USPS receives no tax dollars for its operations and relies on its mail volume and the sale of postage, products and services to cover its cost. With the poor economy and mail volume being down nationally by at least 12 percent, the Postal Service is facing a $6 billion budget deficit this year. Americans still have one of the lowest postage rates in the world.”
For detailed information about the new U.S. and international postage rates and a listing of prices, visit usps.com/prices/pricechanges.htm.
Church to honor veterans, families
Friendship United Methodist Church will be honoring veterans and the wives and mothers of veterans during worship May 24.
The service, which begins at 9 a.m., is a special tribute in honor of Memorial Day.
“If you are a veteran or relative of a veteran and would be able to participate, you are welcome to call ahead of time, or notify us before worship,” the church stated in a news release.
Friendship UMC is at 700 Barclay St. The event is open to the public.
For more information, call pastor Karen Gibson at 824-7939.
Social Services announces distribution
Moffat County Social Services has released times and dates for distribution of United States Department of Agriculture commodities, or its Food Supplemental Program.
Social Services will distribute commodities from 9 to 11 a.m. May 19 at 595 Breeze St.
A day later, May 20, the department will distribute from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Maybell Community Center and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Social Services’ office in Dinosaur.
All homes that receive commodities must be recertified. Picture identification, proof of address and income or current eligibility is required.
For more information, call Suzette Chavez at Social Services at 824-8282, ext. 11.
Bullriding competition to be May 23 in Moffat
The Lane Frost Challenge Bullriding Competition is at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Grandstands & Arena. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at the advance price of $15 each. Tickets at the gate cost $20.
Advance tickets are at the following locations: Murdoch’s, Craig Chamber of Commerce, NEOLITHICS and KS Kreations. Advance sale ends May 21. Also available are a limited number of VIP tickets at $40 each, which include a VIP BBQ with drinks, catered by Brothers Custom Processing, and a special seating section during the bullriding competition. No VIP tickets will be available after May 20.
Join the Grand Olde West Days parade
Join the fun May 23 by joining the Lions’ Club Parade to celebrate the 19th Annual Grand Olde West Days.
This year’s theme is Real Fun in the Real West. Take friends, dust off the lawn chairs and be in the parade. Lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at Craig Middle School. The parade starts heading south on Yampa Avenue at 2 p.m.
Parade submission is free. To participate, download the registration form from http://www.grandoldewestdays.com, complete and turn it in at the Community Budget Center in downtown Craig.
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