News briefs for Nov. 9 |

News briefs for Nov. 9

Hands On Housing, a self-help housing program sponsored by the U.S.D.A. and the Yampa Valley Housing Authority, will host an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the U.S.D.A. Rural Development Office in the Country Mall, 356 Ranney St., Suite 20.
The program seeks families or individuals interested in building and owning their own homes in Hayden or Oak Creek.
Call the Yampa Valley Housing Authority at 870-0167.

Drought relief available to livestock owners
Moffat County Farm Service Agency has been approved for additional funding under the Emergency Conservation Program.
The ECP allocates money to producers in approved counties who need to seek alternative water sources for livestock.
In response to drought conditions severely impacting the state’s agricultural producers, the FSA has announced two measures to provide relief, EC-6 and EC-7, through the ECP.
Under EC-6, the ECP reimburses producers a portion of the costs to establish a water source for their livestock.
Cost sharing is authorized for constructing or deepening wells, developing springs, purchasing water troughs or constructing a pipeline to an alternative water source. Under EC-7, the state allows reimbursement of expenses associated with hauling water for livestock use between Aug. 16 and Oct. 14.
Applications for this program must be received in the Moffat County FSA office by Nov. 18. Call 824-8314 Ext. 2.

VNA has flu vaccine
available for children
The Visiting Nurses Association is offering vaccines for children from 6 months to 2 years old, children at least 6 months old who have chronic medical disorders and children who are household contacts of a person younger than 6 months old.
The vaccine only can be provided to children who have health insurance that does not pay for vaccines, who have no health insurance, are enrolled in Medicaid or are American Indian or Alaskan Native. The service is offered as part of the “Vaccines for Children” program.
To make an appointment or for more information, call 824-8233.

Buy used books by the pound Friday, Saturday
Friends of the Library is sponsoring a used book sale at Centennial Mall, where books will be available for 50 cents a pound.
The sale will start at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and will be open until 5 p.m. both days.
Another book sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. Call 824-5116.

2-1-1 service available
on Saturdays, Sundays
FirstCall, Northern Colorado’s 2-1-1 Call Center, has expanded its hours of operation to include Saturday and Sunday, giving callers access to community information from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekend.
Callers also can reach an FirstCall during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. FirstCall’s database and services also are available online 24 hours a day at
All calls are confidential and free of charge in Routt and Moffat counties by dialing 2-1-1 (or 866-485-0211).

Youth Hockey Association offers beginner classes
An introduction program designed to teach adults and children older than 5 the basics of skating and hockey begins today. The cost is $25 for five one-hour sessions at the Moffat County Ice Rink in Loudy-Simpson Park. Ice time is from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 23. Skates can be rented for $1 a night. All protective equipment for youths will be provided, but adult equipment is limited. To join this program, sign up at the Craig Parks and Recreation Department in City Hall, 300 W. Fourth St., or call Mike Boatright at 824-2046 or Loni Cleverly at 824-8324.
Benefit will support
literacy in day care
The Moffat County Child Care Providers Association is selling gift chocolates to the public until Friday to raise money for the purchase of educational materials and books to be used by Moffat County day care locations. The gift chocolates are priced from $7 to $12.50 and can be purchased from local child-care providers or by calling 824-6756. The Kids Literacy Program matches dollar for dollar all items purchased through the fund-raiser. For more information, visit or call 824-6756.

Salvation Army needs
volunteer bell ringers
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteer bell ringers for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18. Individuals or organizations wishing to volunteer should call LuAnn Kline at 824-5926 to set up a time.

Self-defense seminar offered in Hayden
The Town of Hayden Recreation Department is sponsoring a self-defense seminar for ages 17 and older from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The seminar will be at the Hayden High School, 495 W. Jefferson. The cost is $10 and the registration deadline is Wednesday. Call J.D. Paul at 276-7242.

Arthritis sufferers have support group available
The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group, led by Gail Severson, is an opportunity for arthritis sufferers to talk with others who understand the condition and its related medicines. The next meeting will be Thursday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.
If you would like to attend, call Gail Severson at 824-0304.

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