News briefs for Aug. 15 |

News briefs for Aug. 15

Bill Higgins, managing attorney for the Grand Junction Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People, will give a presentation about renters’ rights Wednesday in Craig.
Wednesday’s presentation is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Independent Life Center on the corner of Yampa Avenue and Victory Way. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Wednesday’s presentation will touch on the rights all renters have, but Higgins said it will focus on the rights disabled renters have under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.
The Legal Center handles housing cases pro-bono for people with disabilities and older people.

Free, reduced-cost meal programs available
The Moffat County School District announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Children from families whose income is at or below certain income levels depending on the size of their families are eligible for free or reduced cost meals.
Application forms are available at each school office. Information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits.
Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size or become eligible for food stamp benefits, you may fill out an application at that time.
For more information, contact your child’s school.

Local resource for
soil, water issues
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office offers resources and information about soil conditions, water quality, plants and wildlife habitat enhancement. The agency offers help planning and designing irrigation water structures, ditches, ponds, springs and stream bank stabilization structures. Information about cross-fencing, range and pasture seeding, stocking rates, brush control, riparian protection, seedling tree establishment and irrigation water and rangeland management is also available.
All services are offered free of charge. NRCS has been assisting private landowners with conserving resources since 1935. Financial assistance may also be available.
For more information, visit the NRCS field office located at the USDA Service Center, 356 Ranney Street in Craig or call 824-3476 to schedule an appointment.

Small Business center offers funds workshop
A free two-hour workshop, “Funding Sources for Your Business,” will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce and First National Bank of the Rockies, The workshop will provide information about finding money from $1,000 to $2 million. Topics discussed include angel investors, venture capitalists, bank loans and SBA guaranteed loans. Call Willa Jean at 970-824-7078.

Division of Wildlife offering hunter class
The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a Hunter Education Class this week at the Bell Tower Building of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.
All classes must be attended to obtain your Hunter Education Card. To pre-register, please call 824-3046 or 272-3238.
Those interested in the Internet Study Program should 824-3046.

Register now for Rural Philanthropy Days
Registration is under way for Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days, which returns to Northwest Colorado for the first time in four years. This year’s event will be Sept. 11-13 at The Inn at SilverCreek in Granby.
This is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders from Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Jackson and Grand counties to meet with Colorado funders in order to learn more about each other, build relationships, and explore funding opportunities.
The $75 registration fee allows nonprofits access to training, panels and workshops, plus the chance to have valuable face-time with the people from large private and government funders who make the decisions about where to send grant monies.
Online registration may be completed at Call Nicole at (970) 887-9838 or to receive a form.

Tickets now on sale for annual Literary Sojourn
Tickets are now on sale for Literary Sojourn, the premier festival of authors in the Rocky Mountain Region. The 13th annual celebration of books and reading will be held Sept. 10 in Steamboat Springs. This year’s master of ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, a regular on NPR’s Morning Edition. Guest authors are Chris Abani, Haven Kimmel, Patrick McGrath and Ruth Ozeki.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn Web site. Call the library at 879-0240 or Off the Beaten Path Bookstore at 879-6830.

Ranch horse clinic is Friday, Saturday
A ranch horse clinic with Don Ulmer will be held Aug. 19 at the Routt County Fairgrounds, the day before the Routt County Fair ranch horse competition. The cost is $45. Register by calling Marianne Sasak at 879-5214.

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