Moffat County news roundup for Feb. 11, 2013: Moffat County Democratic Party Meeting tonight |

Moffat County news roundup for Feb. 11, 2013: Moffat County Democratic Party Meeting tonight

The Moffat County Democratic Party is hosting its bi-annual reorganization meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Officers will be elected.

All legally registered Moffat County Democratic Party voters are eligible for elected positions.

For more information, contact Brian and Jo Ann Baxter at 824-3049 or

Mobile food pantry distribution Tuesday

Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig, 1324 E. Highway 40.

Food distribution will be inside. Please bring boxes or baskets for your food.

Call Becki Miller at 629-8045 for more information.

Craig community blood drive slated

There is a blood drive slated for 12:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, 750 Hospital Loop Rd.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Bonfils’ Appointment Center at (800) 365-0006 opt. 2 or visit

The winter months are often the most difficult to maintain Colorado’s blood supply due to poor weather and road conditions and cold and flu season.

Bonfils Blood Center provides blood and blood products to nearly 200 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the Colorado and beyond and needs nearly 3,000 people to donate blood every week to meet the needs of the community and be prepared for any unforeseen events.

NWCOHPP meeting set

The Northwestern Colorado Habitat Partnership Program committee is having its monthly meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the Craig Chamber of Commerce, 360 E. Victory Way.

The public is invited to attend. For more info call (970) 629-8518.

Book club to meet

The Craig Book Club Meets at 9:30 a.m., Thursday at the Lutheran Church of Grace, 657 Green Street.

Susie Begam Violette will review “The Silence of Trees” by Valya Dudycz Lupescu. Call 824-1956.

Chamber after-hours mixer slated

The Craig Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors’ next business after-hours mixer is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Craig Powersports, 2607 E. Hwy 40.

This event is hosted by Wyman’s Winter Festival and Craig Powersports.

Bring the family and kick off the weekend at this mixer where everyone will have the chance to meet Justin Hoyer, three time X Games medalist, and get his autograph.

Attendees will stay busy chatting with Lou Wyman, checking out the new inventory at Craig Powersports and eating dinner all while having the chance to win tickets to the Winter Festival.

RSVP by calling (970) 824-5689.

Wyman’s Winter Festival slated

Wyman’s 7th annual Winter Festival will be from 9:00 a.m. till dark on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Wyman Museum, 2 miles east of Craig.

This years activities include:

• Vintage Snowmobile Show

• Snow cross Racing

• Oval Track racing

• Chili Cook off

• Draft Horse Pulls

• Fishing Derby for the kids

• Sledding hill with tubes provided for the kids

• Professional Ice carving Demonstration

• Card board box derby

• Pond Puck Hockey Tournament

• Food and Vendors

• Beer and hot totty bar this year featuring Grand Lake Brewing CO.

Snowmobile Freestyle show FEATURING JUSTIN HOYER X games Bronze medalist 2013 Followed by fireworks! Admission is $10/adult, $5 for any student with valid student I. D., kids 5 and under Free! For more information look at or call us at 970-824-6346.

Cardboard box derby slated

Wyman’s 6th annual cardboard box derby is set for 11 a.m. on Feb. 16 at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Be creative and make a sled out of cardboard. Prizes will be awarded for most creative, people’s choice and fastest sled.

Sleds need to be registered and in the staging area by 11 a.m., judging is at 1 p.m., followed by racing to award the fastest sled.

For more information call Wyman Museum at (970) 824-6346.

Ice fishing derby planned

Wyman’s 2nd annual ice fishing derby is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Wyman Museum, 94350 E. U.S. Highway 40.

The event is for children ages 16 and younger.

D.O.W. will provide fishing poles and holes in the ice. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information call Wyman Museum at (970) 824-6346.

CNCC message class offering massages

From Feb. 6 through May 3 the CNCC massage therapy class will offer massages to staff and the public.

50 min massages will be available Wednesday nights and Friday afternoons for $25.

Call the salon at 824-1145 to make appointments.

BLM reminds residents about Emerald closures

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to comply with seasonal closures at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs.

The closures are in place to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a Little Snake Field Office news release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to human entry from Dec. 1 to June 30.

The closure includes the Beall Trail and Kemray Draw, as well as Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east and the Humble Ranch property located southeast of the Emerald Mountain recreation area.

“We are seeing a number of violations of this closure this winter, which could have significant impact on the elk in this area,” said BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds in the release. “However, the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1.”

Violators of the closure face citations and a minimum $175 fine.

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 826-5000.

Baumgardner, Rankin plan meet and greet

State Senator Baumgardner and State Representative Bob Rankin will host a meet and greet from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Meeker Cafe, 560 Main St. in Meeker.

The event is open to the public and media is invited to attend.

Father/Daughter Ball planned

The 2013 Father Daughter Ball will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Craig Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.

The event includes dancing, snacks, dessert, crafts, a movie room and a photograph. The cost is $7 per ticket. For more information, call Linda Cass at 629-1078.

Colorado First Conservation District meeting set

The annual meeting of the Colorado First Conservation District and Mineral and Surface Rights Workshop will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

All landowners are encouraged to attend. The meal will be potluck with the district providing table service, meat and drinks.

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be awards and drawings for prizes. Dan Davison will address mineral rights issues and Jeff Comstock will speak about surface rights.

RSVP to the district at (970) 824-3476 or at 145 Commerce St.

Local bands plan concert

The band Beyond the Wreckage will perform a concert at 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig.

Other bands also performing are Biological Meltdown, Alcaeus, Decretum, and ICO.

The cost is $5 per person.

Conservation district taking tree orders

The Colorado First Conservation District is taking orders for seedling trees.

The trees will arrive the last week of April. The average cost of each tree or shrub is less than $1.

A wide variety of plants are available to plant this spring but species are limited. Residents are encouraged to order early.

Residents must own an acre of land or more to participate. Order forms are available at the BLM, CSU Ext. Office or the district office at 145 Commerce St.

For more information, call 824-3476×101.

Free cardiovascular screenings offered

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig will provide FREE cardiovascular screenings by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, February 22. Screenings include: Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, blood glucose, and body mass index by appointment only. To schedule your screening appointment, call Eveline, Community Health Educator at 871-7658.

Rebekah’s Scholarship Fundraiser set

Hayden Rebekah’s Scholarship Fundraiser will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Rebekah Hall, 210 Walnut Street in Hayden.

$5 per person or $10 per family. A chili and potato bar will be offered along with drinks and desserts. For more information, contact Janis Brown at 824-4168.

‘Waving Hands’ submissions sought

The deadline for submissions to be included in the 2013 edition of CNCC’s “Waving Hands Review” is March 1.

Community members are invited to send literary, photography, 2-D and 3-D artwork, drawings and other art.

Go to the CNCC website ( and click on “Waving Hands Review” for submission guidelines and details.

AINC offering audio access to newspapers

The Audio Information Network of Colorado is now providing listeners with audio access to the Craig Daily Press and nearly 100 other Colorado newspapers, ad circulars and magazines.

The Audio Information Network provides services to the blind, visually impaired and print disabled individuals with programming available in both English and Spanish.

Listeners may access AINC programming via telephone, broadcast on a digital receiver, Podcast or live streaming on AINC’s website at no cost.

For more information about registering as a listener or volunteering contact the Audio Information Network at 1-877-443-2001 or

Additional assistance is available at the Northwest Colorado Center of Independence, (970) 871-4838.

VNA Tai Chi slated

The Northwest Colorado VNA hosts Tai Chi for Health from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. on Mondays from Feb. 4 through March 25 at The Journey, 1150 W. 9th St.

The gentle exercise class improves balance, flexibility and strength and helps reduce stress.

There is a $3 requested donation per class. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call 871-7676.

VNA offering flu shots

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers drop-in flu clinics from 2:30-4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St., through Feb. 28.

Adult flu shots are $25 and Kids Flu Shots/Mist are $14 or less. Flu shots are also available by appointment.

Call 970-824-8233.

CSP Academy applicant sought

Colorado State Patrol is seeking applicants for the 2013 Youth Academy.

This year’s academy will take place from June 9-15, 2013, in Golden.

The goal of the Youth Academy is to assist in the development of future leaders for the State of Colorado. It is mentally and physically demanding and is provided at no cost to the participants.

Some basic requirements are:

• Be at least 16 years old and a high school student

• Be a Colorado resident

• Have a valid Colorado driver’s license

• Minimum GPA of 2.0

• Proof of medical insurance and have a doctor’s certification of ability to participate

• Agree to a criminal and driver history check

• Present two letters of recommendation

• Complete an interview at the local CSP Troop office

It is limited to 40 participants and the application deadline is March 8.

For more information, visit the CSP website at and click on the Youth Academy Banner on the home page.

Smoking quit kits available

February is National Cancer Prevention and American Heart month.

One of the best things a person can do to prevent cancer and heart disease is quit tobacco. For free help quitting, call the Colorado QuitLine, 800-QUIT-NOW (English and Spanish) or go to

Quit kits with smoking cessation information are available for no cost in the lobbies of the Northwest Colorado VNA, 745 Russell St. in Craig and 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, in Steamboat.

Women’s Wellness Connection offering cervical health test

Coming on the heels of Cervical Health Awareness Month, Women’s Wellness Connection would like to remind and encourage women to talk with their healthcare providers about scheduling a pap test.

A pap test is the first line of defense against cervical cancer, which has a survival rate of more than 92 percent when diagnosed early enough, according to a news release from women’s Wellness Connection.

Without a pap test cervical cancer is hard to detect as it doesn’t have any signs or symptoms.

The release said under health care reform insurance plans are required to cover women’s preventive health services, like pap tests, without charging co-pays.

The Women’s Wellness Connection offers free cervical cancer screenings and necessary follow up treatments to Colorado women between the ages of 40-64 who have little or no health insurance and meet income requirements. For more information call (970) 356-5059 or visit

Business award nominations sought

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations from the community for its annual business awards.

Please consider the local businesses that have made an impression on you through their customer service, business practices or community support and nominate them as the 2012 Large Business or Small Business of the Year.

Send your nominations to 360 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO, 81625, or by email to

Award recipients must be members of the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Winners will be announced at the annual State of the County banquet taking place in February 2013.

Parenting class set

Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, are offering the six-week class Parenting the Love and Logic Way.

Charity Resier and Michelle Balleck will facilitate the class. The class will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 15, to Feb. 19, at Moffat County Department of Social Services, 595 Breeze St., Craig.

The class is offered free of charge to parents and educators of children of all ages. Educators who attend the class can receive continuing education hours.

For more information about the Parenting the Love and Logic Way course in Craig or to register, call Charity Reiser at 824-8282, ext. 43, or email her at

CNCC offering new class

Intro to Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting Course is set for Tuesdays from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at Colorado Northwestern Community College starting Feb. 5.

If you’re a governmental or non-profit professional, this course will help you make sense of the angled rules and regulations for keeping track of your money.

For more, call Lisa LeFevre, 970.675.3222.

Support MCHS Basketball

Get noticed on Craig Daily Press’ live video broadcasts of MCHS basketball at

The Craig Daily Press continues to offer live broadcasts of all Bulldog basketball home games. Support the Bulldogs while driving customers to your business.

Your ad will run during all 6 home game live broadcasts and any post-season games. The next game is Saturday, Jan. 12. Sign up today to be featured all season.

Packages start at $35 per game or Season Packages start at $200. To sign up call 970-875-1781.

Parenting class slated

“Nurturing Parents” is slated for 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Mondays from Jan. 7 – March 25, 2013, at the School Administration Building.

There is no cost for the class and dinner will be served.

Bring the kids. They will have their own class and activities while the parents are meeting.

Every family must fill out a registration form. Space is limited.

For more information contact Lynae Ellgen at 326-8138 or Sandy Beran at 871-7682.

Service Saturdays at Cook Chevrolet

Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Cook Chevrolet, 1776 W. Victory Way, five percent of revenue from service jobs will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig.

‘Skype-A-Lawyer Night’ slated

The NW Colorado Legal Services Project and The Memorial Hospital are sponsoring a “Skype-A-Lawyer Night” starting at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at The Memorial Hospital.

Qualified clients will have a 20-30 minute private consultation with a member of the Northwest Colorado Bar Association.

To prequalify or for further information, call 276-2161 or 1-800-521-6968. Drop-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

Yampa Valley Partners launch carpool-matching service

Residents of Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties now have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by the nonprofit Yampa Valley Data Partners in cooperation with the three counties.

Commuters may find regular carpool partners or a car share for a one-time trip by registering on the website with a valid email address.

Organizers hope the website will help residents save on personal transportation costs and do their part to reduce fuel use and vehicle pollution.

Learn more at

Low-cost immunizations offered

VNA is offering $14 adult immunizations, vaccine

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering $14 immunizations for adults who are uninsured/underinsured including measles, mumps, rubella, HPV, chicken pox, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and hepatitis A and B.

The VNA also is offering a vaccine for shingles. Adults ages 60 and older who are low income and uninsured may qualify to receive the vaccine for a $14 fee through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

Apply for the program by scheduling an appointment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other leading medical groups recommend being vaccinated against meningitis for youths ages 11 to 18 as well as those ages 19 to 21 who attend college.

College students younger than 22 who received a vaccine before age 16 should receive a booster.

To schedule an appointment, call 970-824-8233.

MCHS Swimming Pool open to public

The Moffat County High School Swimming Pool is now open for public swimming.

Lap swimming is Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Recreational swimming is Monday through Thursday from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Daily admission is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Season and punch passes are also available.

Community Budget Center sale for seniors

The Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Avenue in downtown Craig, offers Senior Tuesday, with 50 percent off on clothing for seniors age 62 and older.

The Community Budget is a non-profit organization. All proceeds from sales benefit local people in need.

Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program accepting nominations

Peabody Energy Leaders in Education program is accepting nominations for education professionals who inspire students to succeed.

A committee of educators and business leaders chooses winners to receive a $1,000 award throughout the school year.

They began accepting nominations past August and will continue to accept them throughout the 2012-2013 school year.

Any employee of a public or private school working with K-12 students and has worked in education for the last three years is eligible.

A single, Educator of the Year, will be chosen by the judging committee and will receive an additional $5,000 award.

Nominations can be made at

Interfaith Food Bank seeking donations

Interfaith Food Bank is accepting food donations from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse.

For more information please call 824-7355

CASA volunteers sought

Northwest Rocky Mountain Court Appointed Special Advocates is now recruiting volunteers to become advocates in court for abused and neglected children in Routt, Moffat and Grand Counties.

Training begins in October and applications are available online at

CASA provides abused children a voice in court to assist in assuring all children are placed in a safe, permanent home and that their social, emotional, educational and medical needs are met.

CASA provides needed information to judges and coordinate with parties in a case with emphasis on the child’s needs.

To become a CASA volunteer, a person must be passionate about helping children and a good communicator. 32 hours of training is required and interested individuals must complete an application and interview.

For more information about the program, process or if becoming a CASA volunteer is right for you, please call 970-819-6233.

Wyman Museum Crafters meetings set

Wyman Museum Crafters meet at 2 p.m. the second Monday of every month at Wyman Museum.

The group is looking for more members and anyone interested in joining is Welcome.

Please call Mary David at 629-2578.

VNA offering low-cost testing

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association’s Community Health Center 745 Russell St., will offer confidential, low-cost, drop-in STD testing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays.

For more information, call the health center at 824-8233.

CNCC Automotive Technology Classes

CNCC Craig Campus this fall four wheel drive modification class will be starting soon, at the college, 2801 W 9th Street.

For more information contact or call (970) 824-1132.

CNCC Automotive Technology Wants your Car

CNCC is looking for donated cars, regardless of condition, to help a great program teaching students about fixing cars.

Donators get a tax deduction. Contact or call (970) 824-1132.

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