News briefs for June 16, 2005 |

News briefs for June 16, 2005

The Hayden Recreation Board is seeking vendors of arts, crafts, kids items, garden items, etc. for the fourth annual Hayden Valley Summerfest, to be held July 2.
Vendors must have or apply for a Colorado state Sales Tax License and a Hayden Sales Tax License. If interested, call Lindsay at 276-3741.

Nominations wanted for USDA committee
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting nominations for members to serve on the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.
The 20-member committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on ways to encourage federal and state programs to provide financing and new opportunities for new farmers and ranchers.
Appointments are for two-year terms.
Members are not paid but are reimbursed for travel expenses related to annual meetings.
To qualify, members must be farmers or ranchers or belong to one of the following groups: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), state or private nonprofits with beginning farmer or ranchers programs, commercial lenders, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, educational institutions with experience in training beginning farmers or ranchers and other groups providing lending or technical assistance to beginning farmers or ranchers.
Eligible candidates may nominate themselves. Nominations will be accepted until June 17. For a nomination form or more information, contact Mark Falcone at (202) 720-1632 or

Elections under way for YVEA directors
Elections are under way for the Yampa Valley Electric Association board of directors.
Members of the cooperative should have received ballots in the mail this week, YVEA spokesman Jim Chappell said. The deadline for YVEA to receive mail-in ballots is 5 p.m. Friday.
Ballots also may be cast at the association’s annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Hayden High School auditorium.
There are two contested races this year.
In District 2, which encompasses parts of Moffat County north and west of Craig, Lynn Bower is challenging incumbent Franklin “Pud” Stetson. Bower and Stetson both live in Moffat County.
The open seat in District 6 is also up for grabs. District 6 is in Routt County north of Steamboat Springs.
Wayne Adamo, John Chapman, Bill Haight, Tim McCarthy and Jo Semotan are running for the District 6 seat.
Chappell said the board of directors serves a variety of functions for YVEA.
“The board of directors sets policy and procedures and oversees the financial condition of the association,” he said.

Help available to assist smokers with quitting
At 19.6 percent, Colorado has the fourth lowest smoking rate for men in the US. Nationally, 24.1 percent of men smoke which costs the US $54.3 billion dollars a year for health care related treatment. In Colorado, 322,000 men smoke and state healthcare related treatment costs exceed $730 million dollars a year.
Despite this encouraging low state ranking for male smokers, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Tobacco Prevention Program continues to encourage smokers to quit. Smoking directly effect men’s health and it can hurt the health of children and family members. Dads who smoke around their children expose them to secondhand increasing the likelihood their children will develop asthma, ear infections, allergies and even pneumonia.
For some men, Father’s Day can be an incentive to quit smoking. It’s one of the best gifts a man can give to his family and he can lean on his family for support through the quitting process.
For Fathers and others who want to quit smoking, the English or Spanish Colorado Quitline at 1-800-639-QUIT (7848) and the Colorado QuitNet, at offer smoking cessation services free of charge to everyone in the state

Author Littell to speak June 22 at fairgrounds
Bob Littell, author of “The Heart and Art of Net Weaving” will speak at noon June 22 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. The presentation, sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce, costs $10 and includes a brown bag lunch. All proceeds from books will go the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. People need to buy tickets in advance by calling the Chamber at 824-5689.

Fire protection district taking applications
Craig Rural Fire Protection District is accepting applications for probationary firefighters. Successful applicants must be 18 or older, pass a medical physical, psychological evaluation, department physical agility test, drug screen, criminal background check, possess a valid Colorado driver’s license and have a good driving record.
Successful applicants will be required to become state certified Firefighter I and pass all other required fire department training within the first year. All needed training will be provided through Craig Fire/Rescue.
Positions are volunteer/paid-on-call with vested retirement after 10 years of service.
Applications are available at the Craig Fire Station, 419 Yampa Ave. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Completed applications must be returned to the fire station no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Call the fire station with questions at 824-5914.

VNA seeking help for Haven acquisition
The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking donations from individuals, businesses and community groups to support the acquisition of The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden, Colorado.
Anyone interested in making a donation to support senior services in the Yampa Valley should contact Suzi Mariano at the VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, 970-879-1632,

Head Start accepting applications for fall
The Craig Head Start pre-school is currently accepting applications for the 2005-06 program year.
Qualifying children must turn 3 or 4 on or before Aug. 31.

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