News briefs for March 19 |

News briefs for March 19

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s semi-annual conference of the Meeker Colorado Stake this year is having Elder David E. Sorensen of the Presidency of Seventy as the visiting general authority from Salt Lake City.
He will speak at 6 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Sunday at The Church of Jesus Chnst of Latter-day Saints in Rifle, 849 Marrow Drive. Visitors are welcome.
Elder David E. Sorensen was called to be member of the Presidency of the Seventy on Aug. 15, 1998.
In this position, he serves as a general authority and acts under the direction of the First Precidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in assisting with administration of the church.

Children’s health fair
set for end of month
A free children’s health fair sponsored by the Moffat County School District Child Find Team and Early Childhood Center will be March 31 and April 1 at the EDC, 775 Yampa Ave.
The developmental screening is for children younger than 5 years old and includes speech, cognitive and motor skills, hearing, vision and dental screenings.
The Lion’s Club will conduct vision screenings, and a nurse will be available to review immunization records.
Appointments are necessary. Call Sarah Hepworth at 824-7457 for more information or to make an appointment.

Philanthropy Days returns in September
Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days is coming back to the region for the first time in four years.
This year’s event will be held Sept. 11 through 13 at the Inn at Silver Creek in Granby.
Registration begins in April. Call Nicole at 857-9838 and watch in the coming months.

Buy tickets now for play “Something’s Afoot’
The Craig Performing Arts Project is selling tickets for the play “Something’s Afoot!” Tick-ets may be purchased at the Moffat County Library through April 6.
Tickets for seniors and children are $5, and adults are $8. Tickets also may be purchased at the play.
The performances will be at 7 p.m. April 8 and 9 in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Sign up for crop disaster assistance program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that eligible producers can sign up for the Crop Disaster Program at their local USDA service centers. The CDP authorizes crop loss assistance for producers who suffered 2003, 2004 and certain 2005 crop losses from damaging weather. Specific criteria is available at the local USDA office, 356 Ranney St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling Patricia Moralez at 824-8314.

Main Street revitalization expert invited to Craig
John Schler from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs has been invited to Craig to explain possible revitalization options for the core business district, one of which is the National Historic Trust’s Main Street Program.
The Main Street Program is a strategy tailored to meet local needs and opportunities, working in four distinct areas — design, economic restructuring, promotion and organization.
It is an effective tool for community-based grass-roots revitalization efforts and has been successful in many communities.
Schler will be at the Holiday Inn at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
All business owners, property owners, community leaders and interested parties are invited to attend.
This free forum is sponsored by the city of Craig, the Craig/Moffat County Economic Development Partnership, the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association.

Pool association delays league tournament
The American Pool Association League pool tournament scheduled for April 1, 2 and 3 at the Popular Bar has been changed to the following weekend, April 8, 9 and 10. Call Susan at 824-2095.

Volunteers needed for Cinco de Mayo festivities
Comunidad Integrada is looking for volunteers to help stage a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Craig on May 7.
Those who want to be involved are invited to attend a series of planning meetings beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Boys & Girls Club.
Organizers are looking for sponsors, food vendors, musicians and traditional Mexican folkloric dancers. The group plans to meet on Sundays until the celebration.
Organizers include Isidro Que-zada, Alvaro Landa, Rosa Almaraz, Guadalupe Quezada, Gerardo San-chez and Cody Reed.
Call 846-5521.

Youth Service Awareness Week set for April
April 15 and 16 are National Youth Service Days and the following week is Youth Service Awareness Week.
The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is going to participate by doing a couple of service projects.
On April 15, the club will be cleaning a nearby park. On April 16, members plan to do a small project with another nonprofit group.
Club organizers are looking for another project for the following week.
If you have a suggestion, let us know by calling 826-0411.

Register now for
Bulldog Youth Baseball
Registration for Bulldog Youth Baseball is open. Registration forms can be picked up at the Boys and Girls Club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40, or Craig Physical Therapy, 533 Yampa Ave.
This program provides summer baseball for youths ages 8 to 18. The deadline is April 8.
Call Scott Parker at 824-7036, ext. 1215.

Lettuce Feed You Luncheon set for April 1
The 20th annual Lettuce Feed You Luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 1 at the Elks Hall on Victory Way and is sponsored by the Yampa Valley Ladies Golf Association.
Tickets are $7 and may be purchased from any member or at American Northwest Realty.

MCHS driver education class begins Tuesday
There will be a driver education class offered at Moffat County High School starting Tuesday.
Students must be 15 years old by June 1.
Class starts at 6 p.m. and will meet in room 310.
Call the high school at 824-7036 to sign up for the class or show up at the first class to register.
Tryouts for Cutthroats begin Monday
Baseball tryouts for the Colorado Cutthroats traveling youth baseball team beginMonday. Craig and Hayden boys ages 11 and younger as of Aug. 1, 2005, are eligible.
This is a traveling team.
Call Mark at 824-2522 or Tim at 276-3443 for details.

RAD gets $10,000
Daniels Fund grant
The RAD After-School program received a $10,000 Daniels Fund grant for after-school programs.
The Recreational After-School Doorway is a safe place where area youths in grades fifth through eighth can go after school to participate in activities that help develop the assets needed to become responsible members of the community.
The program also offers students an opportunity to develop and explore new friendships, life skills and their hidden talents.
The Daniels Fund was established in 1997 by Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television known for his kindness and generosity to those in need. Call RAD at 826-0199.

Apply now for Grassland Reserve Program
The deadline to apply for the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s FY 2005 Grassland Reserve Program is March 25. The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program that helps landowners restore and protect grasslands and rangeland while maintaining the areas as grazing lands. There are several enrollment options, including permanent and 30-year easements and long-term rental agreements.
Landowners interested in participating in the GRP should contact the local NRCS office at the USDA office, 356 Ranney St., or call the office at 824-3476.

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