NORTHWEST COLORADO NEWS AND SPORTS FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

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CRAIG POLICE WARN OF FLOOD RELIEF SCAMS

SCAMS-300The Craig Police Department is advising citizens to be cautious, when donating money to organizations that say they are collecting funds, due to the recent floods in Colorado. There are a number of legitimate groups that can be easily checked out to insure that they are valid organizations.  The Salvation Army and Red Cross are trusted names.  One Craig business recently found that their business phone number had, for lack of a better explanation, been “hacked”.  Customers calling the business were immediately transferred to someone in California that would answer and inform the caller that they were taking donations for Colorado flood victims.  The business notified the phone company, but no further information was obtained that would identify those involved in this activity.  In addition, be cautious of groups that solicit through phone calls and check them out thoroughly before giving any personal information or donations.  If you have any concerns about the group you might be donating to, you can also go online to inquire. A link has been provided below to help you determine which organizations are legitimate.

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CONCERNS ARISE OVER NEW MOFFAT COUNTY WELCOME SIGNS

MOFFAT-COUNTY-LOGO-300Concerns about Moffat County’s new welcome signs have surfaced.  At the Moffat County Commissioners meeting yesterday, a couple of residents expressed their displeasure that the signs read “Welcome to Moffat Country”, rather than “Welcome to Moffat County”.  The wording was chosen by the Moffat County Tourism Association, along with the graphics, to depict the wide open spaces of the county.  The residents said while the graphics bring that message out very well, the wording looks more like a typo.  They praised the Tourism Association for their hard work on the signs, but said there needs to be a sign clearly telling visitors they are entering Moffat County.  Melody Villard with the MCTA agreed on that point, and said they might be able to attach a smaller sign to the existing signs.

MOFFAT COUNTY UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN UNDERWAY

united way-150The Moffat County United Way has started their annual fundraising campaign.  This year’s goal is $475,000.  The money is used to help various local and statewide non-profit organizations accomplish their goals throughout the year.  Donations can be made individually, or through paycheck contributions.  If you would like more information, call the Moffat County United Way, or visit their website by clicking their link on this page.

YOUTH EXPO IN STEAMBOAT WILL FOCUS ON OUT-OF-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

The Routt County Youth Services Coalition will hold their 1st Annual GET CONNECTED Youth & Teen Expo on October 2nd.  Youth and teens K-12, parents, guardians, and families are invited to attend the FREE one stop shop event of youth programs and services in Routt County. There will be a broad representation of youth serving organizations available for families to “shop around” for before and after school activities of all kinds, and a variety of youth and family services including mental health, medical, cultural, linguistic, physical, and more.  The expo runs from 4 to 8 at Olympian Hall.  For more information click here.

 

SUTHERS SAYS FEDS ARE WITHHOLDING RURAL SCHOOL FUNDS

SUTHERSColorado Attorney General John Suthers says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is holding back money it should pass along to rural schools and small towns for school security programs.  Suthers is among 14 attorneys general across the nation who say the money is supposed to be used to replace money lost when timbering or other activities are prohibited on national forests or grasslands.  The Secure Rural Schools program was to be funded with that money, but it was determined to be part of the ongoing federal budget battle.

 

STATE AG DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE GRANTS FOR SPECIALTY CROPS

Co-Dept-of-Ag-300The Colorado Department of Agriculture has been awarded over $680,000 in competitive grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support eleven specialty crop projects across the state. The grants, which come from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG), will help support and promote local and regional fresh fruit and vegetable production.  The grants are expected to help Colorado fruit and vegetable farmers increase production and more effectively market their products in local communities.  The money is dependent on passage of the Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill governs national agriculture, nutrition, private lands conservation, and forestry policy. The 2008 bill expired and has been operating on a short-term extension ever since.

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Steamboat Budget meeting agenda for 10-01

Steamboat City Council meeting agenda for 10-15

Steamboat City Council agenda for 10-29

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In high school sports:
Yesterday:
In volleyball:
Moffat County fell to Roaring Fork (3-1).
Steamboat’s topped Eagle Valley (3-1).
Hayden beat Soroco (3-0).

In boys soccer:
Moffat County fell to Colorado Rocky Mountain (4-1).
Steamboat tied Eagle Valley (3-3).

Tomorrow:
In volleyball:
Moffat County hosts Coal Ridge at 6.
Steamboat heads to Glenwood at 6:30.
Hayden welcomes North Park at 5:30.
Soroco is home against Rangely at 5.

In boys soccer:
Moffat County goes to Grand Valley at 4:30.
Steamboat hosts Rifle at 6.