News briefs for Nov. 25
There will be a mandatory Ski Club meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Craig Middle School auditorium. Every member that has enrolled must attend this meeting. Children younger than 19 must attend with a parent. Anyone who does not attend the meeting will be refunded their $10 enrollment fees and dropped from the club. Questions can be directed to the Craig Parks and Recreation Department at 826-2029.
IRS looking for residents who are owed refunds
The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 1,713 Coloradans whose income tax refund checks were returned from the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable. Nine of those taxpayers are in Craig: Nicole Cromer, Joel and Jacqueline Harry, Mary Paulson, Justin Pankey, Alma Cerna, Glenda Ehlers, Kenneth Nielson and Ruben Hernandez.
Refund checks go astray for reasons that can vary with each taxpayer, but usually it’s because a life change causes an address change.
Taxpayers can go to the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov and click on “Where’s my refund check?” An address change form can also be accessed on the site. Those without Internet access can call the toll free assistance line at 1-800-829-1040.
Downtown merchants prepare for holidays
The holiday season starts tomorrow, and the Craig Downtown merchants have lots of holiday events planned.
Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, and stores are opening early downtown: some as early as 6 a.m. Check with your favorite merchants to see what time they are opening and what specials are available that day.
On Saturday, entries for the gingerbread house contest are due. After judging, they will be displayed in storefronts downtown. The Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m.
Dec. 5 is the annual Shop Tax Free Day. From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., the tax for purchases will be paid by the merchants.
On Dec. 12, the downtown merchants are having a Holiday Open House.
Visit all the stores downtown, and play the gingerbread word search game. The open house is from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
USDA offers food safety tips for Thanksgiving
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service offers the following tips for safely roasting a turkey:
n Set your oven temperature no lower than 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
n Place your turkey or turkey breast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
n For more even cooking, it is recommended you cook your stuffing outside the bird in a casserole. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the stuffing. The center should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
n If you choose to stuff your turkey, the ingredients can be prepared ahead of time; however, keep wet and dry ingredients separate. Chill all of the wet ingredients (butter/margarine, cooked celery and onions, broth, etc.). Mix wet and dry ingredients just before filling the turkey cavities. Fill the cavities loosely. Cook the turkey immediately. Use a food thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
n A whole turkey should be cooked to 180 degree Fahrenheit. To check for doneness, insert a food thermometer in the thickest part of the inner thigh without touching the bone.
n A turkey breast should be cooked to 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Insert a food thermometer in the thickest part of the breast to check for doneness.
n If your turkey has a “pop-up” temperature indicator, it is recommended that you also check the internal temperature of the turkey and center of the stuffing with a food thermometer — 165 degrees Fahrenheit for stuffing; 170 degrees Fahrenheit for breasts; 180 degrees Fahrenheit for whole turkeys.
n For quality, let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving to allow juices to set. The turkey will carve more easily.
n Remove all stuffing from the turkey cavities.
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.
Public scoping meetings will be in January 2005 in Maybell, Craig and Steamboat Springs.
For additional information on the RMP/EIS, call Jeremy Casterson at 826-5071 at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig.
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