News briefs for March 21 |

News briefs for March 21

The Visiting Nurse Association is extending office hours for March and April for child immunizations (12 to 24 months). Fees are based on a sliding fee scale, and no one is turned away. Transportation assistance is available. Call the VNA for an appointment.

Chamber orchestra
performs Friday
The Steamboat Chamber Orchestra willperform in concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Moffat County High School.Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and seniors and children younger 12 are free. This concert is a lively blend of classical music that included Mozart and Handel along with feature music from “The Phantom of the Opera, Dances with Wolves,” and a great fiddle “hoe down.”

Buy tickets now for ‘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.

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. Call 846-5521.

Pool association
postpones 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.

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.

Independent Life Center seeks board member
The Independent Life Center is seeking a board member from the Craig area.
This must be a person with a disability. Call Evelyn Tileston at 826 0833

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 next week
Baseball tryouts for the Colorado Cutthroats traveling youth baseball team begin next week. 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.

Boys & Girls Club open during spring break
The Boys & Girls Club will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during spring break. No transportation will be provided.
Snacks will be served, but children should bring a sack lunch if they plan to stay all day.
Members are free, and nonmembers pay $10 a day. Call 826-0411.

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.

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.

FBI alerts public to recent e-mail scheme
The FBI is warning the public to avoid falling victim to an on-going mass e-mail scheme wherein computer users receive unsolicited e-mails purportedly sent by the FBI.
These scam e-mails tell the recipients that their Internet use has been monitored by the FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center and that they have accessed illegal web sites.
These e-mails did not come from the FBI.
Recipients of this or similar solicitations should know that the FBI does not engage in the practice of sending unsolicited e-mails to the public in this manner.
Opening e-mail attachments from an unknown sender is a risky endeavor as such attachment frequently contain viruses that can infect the recipient’s computer.
The FBI strongly encourages computer users not to open such attachments.
The FBI takes this matter seriously and is investigating.
Users receiving e-mails of this nature are encouraged to report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center via

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