News briefs for Nov. 26 |

News briefs for Nov. 26

The Moffat County Healthy People 2010 initiative invites those interested in learning to prepare more healthful meals to participate in the Healthy Lunch program from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 3. Participants will help prepare eight holiday recipes, receive a recipe booklet and learn more about nutritious eating. The cost is $2 a person. The program is held at the CSU extension office, 529 Barclay St. Participants will need to pre-register by Tuesday by calling 824-9180.

BLM will dedicate new building at open house
The Bureau of Land Management, Little Snake Field Office and Northwest Fire Center invites all area residents to an open house on Thursday to celebrate the dedication of the new administration building, 455 Emerson St. The open house begins at 4:30 p.m. with a formal dedication. Refreshments will be served, and activities will include slide shows, a display of BLM firefighting equipment and tours of the building. RSVP by Tuesday by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 824-5689.

Parenting class offers
tips about consistency
The Parent’s Toolbox — How to Enjoy Being a Parent is a free parent education and support group for parents of preschool through elementary school children. Their upcoming meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the board room of the Moffat County Administration Building, 775 Yampa Ave. The topic is consistency and how to be respected by your child. To register for the class or for more information, call Jennifer Langley at 826-4249.

Ski Club hosts
mandatory meeting
There will be a mandatory Ski Club meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday 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.
“If we owe you money, we’d like to get it to you,” said IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson. “All you have to do is tell us where you are. Our Web site makes it easy for taxpayers to track their undelivered refund checks.”
Taxpayers can go to the IRS Web site at 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 today, and the Craig Downtown merchants have lots of holiday events planned.
Today 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.

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. The planning area includes portions of Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties.
In preparing the RMP, the BLM will consider a range of alternatives for management of activities ranging from oil and gas to range and recreation management. The EIS will provide specific information about the environmental impacts of the alternative management scenarios, in accordance with federal laws.
Public scoping meetings will be in January in Maybell, Craig and Steamboat Springs. For more information about the RMP/EIS, call Jeremy Casterson at 970-826-5071 at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., in Craig.

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