Briefs for July 30

A Craig man who was injured in a motorcycle accident Wednesday night has been transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Grand Junction.

Mark Proctor, 52, was taken to The Memorial Hospital after he sustained a concussion and broken ribs when the rear wheel on his 1978 Kawasaki locked up and threw him off the vehicle, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Proctor was heading east on U.S. Highway 40 about a mile from Craig's city limit. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Marty Smith said Proctor had been working on the motorcycle and was taking it for a test drive at the time of the accident. In his rush, he didn't grab his helmet, Smith said he was told by a family member.

Proctor's rear wheel locked, causing it to skid for 92 feet. The bike rolled and slid 38 feet before coming to rest. Proctor was thrown 10 feet during the roll and slid 51 feet before coming to rest in the roadway, the CSP reported.

"If he was wearing a helmet he probably would have walked away," Smith said.

Craig club organizes

fantasy football league

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig is organizing a fantasy football league this fall.

The winner will receive a copy of Madden 2006, a video game for whichever system the winner chooses.

Teams need to be signed up by Aug. 19. For details or to sign up, call Mike Fraher, AmeriCorps volunteer, at 826-0411, or stop by the club, 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40.

Fire ban at Browns Park National Refuge

Fire restrictions will go into effect today on the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge in Moffat County. The dry vegetation combined with the fuel loading (amount of vegetation), which is more than typical, prompted the need for the restrictions.

Suzanne Beauchaine, acting refuge manager, said, "One of our primary concerns regarding unplanned fires is the risk it poses to the existing Cottonwood community on the refuge. When we lose old cottonwoods, they aren't being replaced by young ones, and their loss impacts the wildlife population and ecosystem in many ways. Naturally we need to reduce the possibility of any unintentional human-caused fires."

These fire restrictions prohibit the following activities:

  • Building or using any open fire, campfire or charcoal grill, except within fully enclosed stoves using pressurized liquid or gas at developed recreation sites
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material
  • Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  • Fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands

Violating fire restrictions on federal lands could result in a fine of $5,000 and six months in jail. Anyone negligently or willfully starting a wildland fire could also be held responsible for the costs of that fire.

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