Craig education briefs for Feb. 21, 2015: Colorado Northwestern Community College to host Black History Month event |

Craig education briefs for Feb. 21, 2015: Colorado Northwestern Community College to host Black History Month event

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig will host performer Charles Pace playing the part of Frederick Douglass at 11 a.m. Thursday in room 185 of the main academic building.

Sponsored by CNCC and Colorado Humanities, Pace is a renowned speaker who will address race, history and the experiences of Civil War abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

The program is free and open to the public.

CNCC offers paleontology field works courses

The following is excerpted from a news release from CNCC:

CNCC will be offering paleontology field experiences beginning in the summer of 2015. Each field experience session will be two weeks long and can be taken for college credit. During this time, students will be staying on the CNCC Rangely campus and traveling daily to the dig site where they will work alongside professional paleontologists from around the country to excavate dinosaur remains.

“We are right in the middle of Dinosaur Country, and it’s mostly unexplored in our area,” said Molecular Paleontologist and CNCC science instructor, Liz Johnson. “We want to offer that exploration and discovery opportunity to our students and our local community members in an educational setting.”

The two fieldwork sessions are scheduled from June 8 – June 19 and June 22 – July 3. Students will work excavating a dinosaur found by CNCC faculty Ellis Thompson-Ellis and her husband Josh Ellis.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students and our communities to experience and learn about the richness of our local lands,” Thompson-Ellis said. “It’s also an opportunity to be a part of a unique scientific expedition — no experience necessary!”

At the conclusion of the field experience, the fossils will be transported to the new federal fossil repository at the CNCC Craig Campus. There, they will be curated and prepared in the 2015-2016 academic year by students enrolled in the paleontology lab techniques course as the second piece of CNCC’s unique paleontology experience.

Moffat County High School seeks receipts for fundraiser

Local residents can help with the issue of school funding as Moffat County High School raises money in the weeks to come.

MCHS is participating in the AmeriGas School Days Program, and people can bring in their receipts from propane to join in the effort. For every gallon of gas accounted for, the company will donate two cents to the school in question.

The tally adds up fast, and last May, AmeriGas awarded nearly $2,000 to MCHS.

Receipts can be turned in at the school to Stephanie Ahlstrom, athletics secretary.

For more information, call 970-824-7036 or 970-824-4221.

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