News Briefs for Sept. 12

The Bureau of Land Management, Little Snake Field Office, will be capturing wild and free-roaming horses from public lands south of County Road 4 and north of Highway 318 in and adjacent to the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management Area within the Little Snake Field Office.
Any branded or domestic horses that are captured will be impounded in accordance with Title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, 4150.4-1.
This impoundment will be in effect between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, 2005. Branded or domestic horses captured from public lands during this period will be impounded and held until all removal costs incurred and all trespass charges have been properly settled with the United States.

Children’s after school ministry begins
Quest, the children’s after school ministry, will start again at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 630 Green St. All children kindergarten through 4th grade are welcome. Quest meets every Wednesday afternoon during the school year until 4 p.m. Immediately following Quest, all interested youth are invited to sing with the youth choir until 5 p.m. All ages are welcome. Quest is sponsored by the First Congregational Church, Lutheran Church of Grace and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. For more information, call 824-2308.

Home School group sets potluck dinner
Northwest Colorado Home School Association is having their annual “get to know us” potluck at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at Loudy-Simpson park. Members and anyone interested in homeschooling is invited to come. Please bring a main dish and a side dish or dessert. Table settings and drinks provided. For more information, call Hailey at 824-9644.

Entries sought for Mrs. Craig 2006 pageant
The Colorado director for the Mrs. America Pageant system, Tricia Dampier, announced a call for entries for the new Mrs. Craig, Colorado. Once selected, a community representative will then advance to compete in the Mrs. Colorado-America Pageant to be held on May 20 at the new Ellie Caulkins Opera House, in downtown Denver.
Interested applicants must live or work in the Craig area, must be married during the time of the competition, a resident of the state for at least six months, a U.S. Citizen and be at least 18 years old. There is no age limit or performing talent. Interested applicants are invited to find out more about the competition at or can request and receive free entry information by contacting Tricia at the Mrs. Colorado-America office at (303) 904-3709.

Donate or volunteer for Hurricane Katrina
Citizens who want to volunteer their time or donate items to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts are encouraged to contact local organizations.
The following are among several area agencies coordinating volunteers ad donations for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts here in Colorado:
Mile High United Way 2-1-1 call center (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.): 211.
American Red Cross: (303) 607-4781.
Adventist Disaster Response (Cathy Kissner): (800) 254-9687 or (970) 201-3799.
Salvation Army: (800) SAL-ARMY, (303) 866-9280 or
Cash donations are most helpful to relief effort and are being accepted through any of the above agencies.

Tickets now on sale for annual Literary Sojourn

Tickets are now on sale for Literary Sojourn, the premier festival of authors in the Rocky Mountain Region. The 13th annual celebration of books and reading is Sept. 10 in Steamboat Springs. This year’s master of ceremonies is Nancy Pearl, a regular on NPR’s Morning Edition. Guest authors are Chris Abani, Haven Kimmel, Patrick McGrath and Ruth Ozeki.
Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at Bud Werner Memorial Library, Off the Beaten Path Bookstore or by mail via the Literary Sojourn Web site: For more information, call the library at 879-0240 or Off the Beaten Path at 879-6830.

YVRA expansion project under way

Yampa Valley Regional Airport Phase 2 Terminal Expansion Project is under way. Access roads into the airport have been changed, and public parking lots will be under construction. Airport officials are encouraging the traveling public to have family, friends or commercial ground transportation companies bring passengers to the airport. Parking will be limited. All flights will be operating on their regular schedules, and it is suggested that passengers arrive 90 minutes before scheduled departures.

Golf tournament to benefit indigent care
Proceeds from The Yahoo Golf Tournament, in memory of Ralph Knez and Jim Severson, will aid low-income patients in paying for dental care through the Northwest Colorado Dental Care clinic. Sign-up is first-come-first-served for the Sept. 17 event. For more information, call Tom or Helen Knez at 824-4227 or Dan Severson at 824-3668 or 824-9481.

Benefit auction slated Sept. 23 to help Jones
A benefit auction to raise money for Ryan Sixkiller Jones and to assist with her current medical bills will be held Sept. 23 at the VFW. The time will be announced at a later date.
Ryan is a 23-year-old cancer patient and lifetime resident of the Yampa Valley.
Anyone interested in donating new, desirable items to the auction should drop them off before Sept. 10 at SeeShells located at 541 Yampa Ave. in Craig.
Habitat for Humanity starts relief effort
Moffat County Habitat for Humanity is holding a Hurricane Katrina relief effort, “A Labor of Love.”
Habitat will be collecting new and clean used clothing to send men, woman and children who have lost everything due to this catastrophic natural disaster. Habitat also will accept good shipping boxes and strapping tape to ship the clothing. Donations will be collected and shipped weekly to various distribution points.
Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Brass Key Realty.
For more information, call Melinda Bobo at 826-2670 or Vicki Burns at 824-7087.
220 or call 824-7036 ext. 1220.

USDA Commodities distribution scheduled
U.S.D.A. Commodities will be distributed by the Moffat County Department of Social Services from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at 595 Breeze St. (northeast alley entrance only).
Dinosaur distribution will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Dinosaur Social Services building.
Distribution in Maybell will be from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Community Center.
All households that receive commodities must be recertified each year. A picture ID, proof of address and proof of income or current eligibility is required.
For more information, contact the Moffat County Department of Social Services at 824-8282.

Brown’s Hole Hoedown set for 5 p.m. Sept. 17

The Brown’s Hole Homemakers Club will host the annual Browns Park Family Fall Hoedown Dance at Lodore Hall beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 17. The event will feature the John-Wayne Band, and admission to the dance is free. Sloppy Joes, chips, drinks and dessert will be served for $5. The dance begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be a drawing for a hand-quilted quilt and other door prizes. To get to Lodore Hall, take Highway 318 west from Highway 40 in Maybell for about 50 miles. For more information, call (970) 272-3213 or (970) 269-3000.

COA advises hunters

The Colorado Outfitters Association wants hunters to be sure the outfitters they hire are licensed this fall.
If hunters use an illegal outfitter, they could have their game confiscated, their hunt stopped and could be charged with a felony.
The COA encourages hunters to check their outfitters’ status with the state’s department of regulatory agencies online at

Boys & Girls Club holding orientations

Orientations in English and Spanish is at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Orientation in English only will be offered at noon Sept. 20.
At least one parent must attend one orientation to enroll their children in the Boys & Girls Club. Current membership expires Wednesday.

Partners hosts leadership summit

Business owners and community leaders are invited to the 2005 Regional Leadership Summit on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 in Craig and Steamboat Springs. The summit, hosted annually by Yampa Valley Partners, will focus on issues affecting Northwest Colorado.
From 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Oct. 6, at Centennial Hall in Steamboat Springs, the topic is “Our Region, Our Future.” From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Craig Holiday Inn, the topic is “Our Decisions for Change.”
The purpose of the summit will be to outline innovative solutions for the issues and concerns of Northwest Colorado.
The registration fee is $45 and includes both sessions. Log on to for more information or call (970) 871-7681.

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