News briefs for June 6

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Tanker spills liquid asphalt on 13

The driver of a 6,000-gallon tanker truck was not injured when the vehicle rolled on Colorado Highway 13 late Friday.

The driver's name was not immediately available.

The driver of the 1993 Freightliner, from Ochoa Trucking of Rawlins, was heading south on 13 and swerved to miss a rock in the road. The vehicle drove partly up an embankment before coming down and landing on the driver's side.

The accident occurred about 30 miles south of Craig. About 100 gallons of liquid asphalt had been released from the truck when members of the Moffat County Hazardous Material Team arrived on the scene.

Emergency agencies -- including Craig Fire/Rescue, The Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Service, Moffat County Sheriff and Colorado State Patrol -- responded to the 11:35 p.m. call.

A CSP hazardous materials team also helped clean up the spill.

Assistant Fire Chief Bill Johnston said the material had a potential to catch on fire. He said the Moffat County Haz Mat team spent about five hours cleaning up the spill.

"If the truck had caught on fire, it would have been a lot bigger deal," Johnston said.

The highway was closed from Friday night until mid-afternoon Saturday when another tanker was available to unload the remaining liquid. The tanker was then rolled back onto its wheels and towed from the scene.

The driver reported no injuries and was not transported to a hospital.

Head Start accepting applications for fall

The Craig Head Start pre-school is currently accepting applications for the 2005-2006 program year.

Qualifying children must turn 3 or 4 on or before Aug. 31 and meet family income guidelines. Please call Marcia at 824-5716 or come by the center at 690 Connor Drive to get your child enrolled.

For information in Spanish, please call 800-659-4970.

Lightning fire burns

in Dinosaur Monument

Dinosaur National Monument fire officials were monitoring a lightning fire west of Harper's Corner Observation Point Friday.

The fire, which started last weekend is less than an acre and is burning in Douglas fir, piñon, and juniper. The area has a concentration of dead and fallen timber.

Since the fire is a natural ignition it is being managed for resource benefits as a fire use fire.

To report a wildland fire in the Northwest Colorado area contact the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center at 970-826-5037 or in the Northwestern Utah area, contact the Unitah Basin Interagency Dispatch Center at 435-789-7021.

Class offers operation room training

Colorado Northwestern Community College is offering an intensive perioperative nursing class starting June 10. The intensive 90-hour class is a joint effort with The Memorial Hospital.

The class is open to registered nurses or those who are set to earn their registered nursing licenses.

Two slots remain.

The first time opportunity for students to get training in operating rooms will be taught by former Craig resident and Moffat County High School graduate, Julie Mower. Mower is on the faculty at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

For more information, and to register for the class call Bouldin at 824-1119.

VNA seeking help

for Haven acquisition

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking donations from individuals, businesses and community groups to support the acqusition of The Haven Assisted Living Facility in Hayden, Colorado.

Anyone interested in making a donation to support senior services in the Yampa Valley should contact Suzi Mariano at the VNA, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101 Steambaot Springs, CO 80487, 970-879-1632,smariano@nwcovna.org.

Boys & Girls Club

preparing for summer

The Boys & Girls Club of Craig will host a "Meet and Greet" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11 for families to get to know the summer staff and get reacquainted with the year-round staff.

Members ages 6-8 and their families are encouraged to attend for ice cream, fun and games, and the opportunity to explore offered summer programs.

Members age 9-18 and their families are encouraged to participate in the activities from 1-4 p.m.

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