News briefs for Nov. 23 |

News briefs for Nov. 23

Local artists are invited to be a part of the Museum of Northwest Colorado’s local display in December. The local show is replacing the miniature show held in previous years, but the paintings do not need to be miniatures (less than 10″x14″ framed). Larger paintings up to 24″x36″ will be displayed as room allows. There is limited space for three-dimensional art. There is no entry fee or judging. Artists can bring up to four paintings Dec. 1 to the museum balcony to be part of the show. All local art and student work is welcome and must be framed and ready to hang. The museum charges a 20 percent fee on any sales. Transactions must go through the museum bookstore.
The show will open Dec. 1 and run until Jan. 11. A reception will be from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 4. There will be no admission fee for the museum on that day. Artists interested in participating should drop by the museum, 590 Yampa Ave., or call Jan Gerber, curator of the museum, at 824-6360, or Jane Hume at 824-0594 to give an idea of how many items will be entered.

Pancake breakfast will benefit drug prevention
The Substance Abuse Prevention Program is hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser to benefit scholarships, after school programs and DARE. The event will be from 6 to 11 a.m. Dec. 4 and 11 at the McDonald’s in Craig. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased from Moffat County School District students who are in third through sixth grades or from the Craig Police Department. Call 826-2360.

Avalanche Information Center open for season
The Colorado Geological Survey’s Colorado Avalanche Information Center began on Nov. 12 its 22nd seasonof providing mountain weather and avalanche forecasts to the public in communities across the state.
Nick Logan, associate director of the center, said 61 people were caught in avalanches last year. The three fatalities were 50 percent lower than the annual average for Colorado. Three people have died in avalanches this winter in other states. The center’s staff teaches avalanche awareness courses that are offered throughout the winter.
CAIC staff members taught classes to more that 2,800 people last year. In addition to formal classes, the center has two publications available, “The Snowy Torrents” and the newly-revised “Avalanche Wise: Your Guide to Avalanche Safety in Colorado.”
To get snowpack conditions and a mountain weather forecasts, Western Slope residents can call 668-0600 in Summit County and Vail, 920-1664 in Aspen, 247-8187 in Durango and 349-4022 in Crested Butte. For more information about CAIC programs or to order copies of CAIC publications, call the Colorado Geological Survey at 303-866-4762 or visit the center’s Web site at

Additional community coat drives announced
The Community Coat Drive sponsored by Love INC of the Yampa Valley has announced dates and locations for its upcoming coat drives. Used coats are collected and cleaned, and volunteers are available to assist people as they come in for a coat. Anyone who needs a coat may come, regardless of their incomes. The only rule is one coat per person per year. Parents may pick up coats for their children.
Coat drives have been scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the First Congregational Church, 630 Green St. Drives are scheduled at First Congregational from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Dec. 3. Call the church at 826-6836 or Love INC of the Yampa Valley at 826-4400 from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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