News briefs for Dec. 14 |

News briefs for Dec. 14

A community coat drive is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Columbine Apartments on 655 Wickes Ave. Anyone who needs a coat may come to the drives; there is a limit of one coat a person a year. Parents can pick up coats for their children. If you need a coat after the final distribution, please call the Love INC Resource Center at 826-4400.

Teen rockers sought
for Battle of Bands
The Steamboat Pilot & Today is looking for teen musicians ages 13 to 18 for the second annual Battle of the Bands. Start organizing your bands now for the May event, sponsored by Teen Style and the Steamboat Springs Teen Programs.
Like last year, bands will be judged by a panel of five local musicians.
Winners will receive recognition in the newspaper, on the radio and with a one night, all ages gig at a local music venue.
Battle of the Bands sign up will begin in March. For more information, call Autumn Phillips at 871-4210 or e-mail

Organizations team up
to sponsor youth events
The Boys and Girls Club of Craig and The Memorial Hospital are hosting a tea party for children ages 6 to 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club. The tea party is free to all Craig youths and will feature an etiquette lesson, dance and visit from Santa Claus. Those interested in attending need to RSVP to the Boys and Girls Club at 826-0411 by Wednesday to reserve a space.These organizations, along with Young Life and Grand Futures, are also sponsoring a formal dance for seventh- and eighth-graders from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. A professional disc jockey will play, drinks are provided and pizza will be available for purchase. Admission to the dance is $5 a person or $8 a pair.

Landowners encouraged to apply for EQIP funding
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for its 2005 Environmental Quality Incentive Program. Applications received through Friday will be considered for enrollment in the 2005 Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and applications received after Friday will be considered during subsequent enrollment periods later in 2005 or early 2006.
EQIP is a cost-share program that provides financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvement, fencing and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection and wildlife habitat and management.
Interested applicants may apply at the NRCS field office that services their county. Moffat County residents can apply at the USDA Service Center, 356 Ranney St. Applications can be completed in person or downloaded from the NRCS Web site at and submitted by fax or mailed to a local NRCS office.

TMH Board of Trustees wants residents’ input
The Board of Trustees of The Memorial Hospital is requesting that interested residents join them in the evaluation of the remaining sites under consideration for the construction of the new partial replacement hospital building. Sites being evaluated are the Wilson property, Kloos property and CNCC property. The Board is forming an advisory group of between 12 and 15 residents to provide a recommendation to the board.
The next meeting for discussion of this topic will be during the Craig City Council meeting with the Hospital Board at 7:30 p.m. today. A final advisory group meeting to determine the final recommendation will be held at a later date; those interested in participating in the Advisory Board or want to voice their opinions on the relocation should call Pam Thompson, community relations director of TMH, at 826-3109. Residents can also send an e-mail to

BLM preparing resource management plan
The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office has published a notice of intent to prepare a resource management Plan and associated Environmental Impact Statement for the Little Snake Field Area. The NOI initiates the formal public scooping period, which will run through Jan. 31. The RMP will provide a framework for management of 1.3 million acres of BLM public land and 1.1 million acres of subsurface mineral estate. The planning area includes portions of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.
The Little Snake office has worked closely with the Northwest Colorado Stewardship, a grass-roots group that represents a wide range of the public working together to resolve public land issues in Northwest Colorado.
In preparing the RMP, the BLM will consider a host of alternatives for management of activities ranging from oil and gas to range and recreation management. The EIS will provide specific information about the environmental impacts of the alternative management scenarios, in accordance with federal laws.
Public scoping meetings will be held in January 2005 in Maybell, Craig and Steamboat Springs. Call Jeremy Casterson at 826-5071 at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig.

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