The Castleland RC&D Council, Inc. is in the process of revising their strategic plan, and your input is important to assure that Emery County's resource concerns are addressed in our planning process. They are partnering with the San Rafael Conservation District and the Green River River Conservation District to assess the resources in the area. They welcome you to share your input. Public meetings will be held at the following locations, dates and times: Jan. 10, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Emery County
Building Canyon Room, Castle Dale; Jan. 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Green River City Building, Council Chambers, Green River. Refreshments will be provided at each meeting. If you have any questions, you can contact Wayne Urie at (435) 381-2300 ext. 103.
A Christmas candlelight vigil will be held at the First Baptist Church, 112 West 400 North in Huntington on Dec. 22 from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome.
A play celebrating Christmas called Anton's Visitor will be held at the First Baptist Church in Ferron on Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome and a cookie fellowship will follow the play.
A candlelight service will be held Christmas Eve at Desert Edge Christian Chapel, 500 South Main, Huntington, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
A Christmas Mass will be celebrated at the Mission San Rafael on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. All are welcome.
The Back Country Horsement of Utah welcomes everyone to attend a BCHU sponsored free trail riding information clinic to be held on Jan. 19, 2008 at the Davis County Legacy Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information contact Craig Allen at 801-388-1175 or see their website at www.bchu.com.
There will be a series of public information meetings throughout the state of Utah during January and February 2008 and information regarding those are listed on the web site. The US Forest Service welcomes written comments. Please send comments by one of the following methods by Feb. 15, 2008 to: mail: Utah NF Wild and Scenic River DEIS, P.O. Box 162969,Sacramento, CA 95816-2969; e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org;FAX: 916-456-6724.
Eligible ranchers and other livestock producers can apply to receive benefits through the Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program and Crop Disaster Program at 801-524-4530.
The Farm Service Agency is still offering members of the public an opportunity to voice opinions about the Emergency Conservation Program and suggest ideas about improving ECP for the future. Interested individuals have until close of business on Dec. 24 to submit comments for consideration. Written comments on and requests for copies of the Draft should be directed to ECP SEIS, Geo-Marine Incorporated, 2713 Magruder Blvd., Suite D, Hampton VA 23666-1572.
The Huntington Glee Club and Women's Chorus will present an evening of Christmas music on Dec. 23 at the Huntington L.D.S. Stake Center at 7 p.m. They will feature the cantata "The First Christmas in Bethlehem-The First Christmas in Zarahemla" words by Carol Lynn Pearson and music by Lex De Azevedo.
The official closing date for nominations for this year's Arch Coal Teacher Achievment Awards is Jan. 11. Arch Coal Foundation wants wants to recognize five excellent teachers with $2,500 personal cash award. Nominations can be made online at www.archteacherawards.com or they can be picked up at your local district office.
2008 dog licenses are now available at the Orangeville City Hall. Fees are $25 for a non-altered dog and $8 for a spayed/neutered dog. A rabies clinic will be held on Jan. 12 and Feb. 23 at the new fire station in Orangville from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Donations of baby supplies such as clothing, crib, car seat, diapers, etc. are needed. For more information or to donate call 653-2334.
The Forgotten Patient Christmas Project recruits volunteers to provide gifts for patients that would otherwise receive little or nothing during the holidays. Sponsors are given the name(s) of someone between the ages of six to ninety to provide Christmas for. Information about the person is sent to the sponsor and then will return items to the hospital prior to Christmas. Donations of cash or generic items are also appreciated. For further information on how you can help, contact Shawna Peterson, Volunteer Director at 801-344-4254.
Cleveland Town will hold its annual Christmas party on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. at the town hall. There will be a short program, light refreshments and of course, Santa will make a special visit. Come and join the fun family holiday tradition.
The schedule for the Emery County Gun Club will be: Dec. 22; Jan. 5, 2008 and Jan. 19, 2008. All shoots will start at dusk, just before dark. For more information contact Jeremy at 381-2057, Jason at 384-3279, or AJ at 384-3393.
Commodities cooking classes will be held in Emery County at the Emery County Courthouse, 75 East Main Street in Castle Dale, from 9 a.m.-noon on the following days: Dec. 19; Jan. 16, 2008; Feb. 20, 2008; March 19, 2008, April 16, 2008, May 21, 2008; and June 18, 2008.
The Quivira Coalition's seventh annual conference will be held Jan. 17-19, 2008 at the Marriot Pyramid in Albuquerque, NM. For full conference agenda and registration materials, log onto sss.quiviracoalition.org and click on annual conference.
A group of local residents have started a website dedicated to empowering the people of Emery and Carbon counties to articulate their points of view regarding the recent tragedies at Crandall, coal mining and coal mining culture, and the future of coal mining in this region. The website is: www.crandallcanyonvoices.com.
Spinal Care Classes are being offered free to the public by Dr. Ronald B. Sanders at Castle Chiropractic. These classes will help identify things that people do wrong that injure the spine. They will also discuss exercises and remedies to help alleviate back and spinal problems. This class lasts one half hour, from 4-4:30 p.m., and are given every Tuesday at Dr. Sander's office at 46 East Main Street, Castle Dale.
American Legion Auxiliary #42 of Ferron is looking for addresses from people of Emery County that have loved ones proudly serving our country in a war zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan. We have a program started three years ago called Operation Home Support which we send packages to soldiers, but we need help from Emery County residents with the names and addresses of your loved ones that are serving. They need a package from Operation Home Support to let them know they aren't forgotten and that we care and support them. Contact us if you have a family member serving: Jan Hess at 384-2753 or Dixie Swasey at 384-3172. Leave a message and we will return your call.
The Utah Office of Tourism is encouraging amateur photographers with a love of Utah's public lands to help promote the state's beauty in a national contest. The Federal Lands Management Agencies, along with the Ford Motor Company and the National Park Foundation, are sponsoring the Share the Experience Photo Contest, honoring the best photos of American public lands. The contest is open to the public and accepting submissions until Dec. 31. A total of 14 photographs will be given awards for their excellence. The Grand Prize winning photograph will be printed on the 2009 Federal Recreation Lands Pass and the photographer will receive a new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. For more information about the Share the Experience Photo contest go to www.sharetheexperience.org.
Problems with a drug or alcohol addiction in a loved one? Don't know whom to turn to for help? Contact Drug Rehab Resource for a free confidential consultation to find the help you need. Call today 1-866-649-1594 or find out more at www.drugrehabresource.net.
A 12 step meeting will be held every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at 195 West 4100 North, Spring Glen, in the New Life Ministry Church. For more information contact 435-472-0547.
ASSE is seeking local families to host high school boys and girls from diverse countries around the world. Call 1-800-733-2773.
Open your heart and home to an international exchange student. P.I.E. urgently needs host families and area representatives. Call 1-800-828-9001.
Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year home-stay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. If you are interested call 1-866-546-1402.
Utah families with children in need of medical services or medical equipment needs not fully covered by health insurance can apply to the United HealthCare Children's Foundation for up to $5,000 in medical assistance grants online at