Briefs for Oct. 5

The Craig Police Department, along with program coordinator Tony St. John, remind area teenagers that the annual Safety Belt Award program is now under way.

The program started in 1994 in memory of Ryan Danner, a Moffat County High School student who died in a car accident east of Craig. The police department said the goal of the program is to keep teen drivers safe.

Area businesses have donated more than $3,500 in prizes to reward local teenagers who buckle up.

Some of the prizes given to teenagers who are pulled over and are wearing seatbelts include gift certificates for free pizza, haircuts and gasoline, $50 savings bonds and 12 packs of soda.

Winners will be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a chance at one of four grand prizes: four new tires, a car stereo, a TV and passes to an amusement park.

For more information about the program, call Sgt. Bill Leonard at 826-2366.

BLM seeks comments on drilling proposal

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment analyzing the impact of the ExxonMobile Piceance Development Project 15 miles west of Meeker.

ExxonMobile proposes expanding its natural gas drilling activities in the 28,800-acre area by up to 120 new multi-pad wells, each with as many as nine wells per pad, as well as a new gas plant, pipelines and infrastructure.

The White River Field Office will host a public open house meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St., Meeker.

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