Briefs for August 30

CDOT: Construction ongoing

— Summer is winding down and cooler weather is on the way, but that does not mean road construction is tapering off, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation release.

Construction projects on Colorado highways and interstates are going strong, which means motorists can still expect to encounter cone zones.

"While the Colorado Department of Transportation often focuses on highway worker safety, just as important to us is motorist safety as motorists are more often the ones involved in work-zone accidents (four out five work zone fatalities are motorists, not highway workers)," the release reads.

What motorists may also not realize is how often work-zone accidents occur. Nationwide, one work-zone fatality occurs every 8 hours and one work-zone injury occurs every 9 minutes, according to CDOT.

"For this reason, CDOT would like to remind motorists that the construction season is not over," the release states.

While many paving projects are complete, cone zones are still likely to be in place across the state and CDOT maintenance crews will continue to set up lane closures for various activities."

Fines for infractions in cone zones are doubled and the Colorado State Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies will still be enforcing in construction projects across the state.

Hockey membership meeting Tuesday

The Craig Youth Hockey Association hosts its fall membership meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Craig Intermediate School cafeteria. All members and those interested in joining are welcome. Call Chris Reilly at 620-0975 or 824-5003.

CNCC offers criminal justice courses

Colorado Northwestern Community College announced Monday that the school is now offering criminal justice courses at its Craig campus and Meeker Service Center.

The courses are on the college's new poly-com system. The system entails an instructor teaching class using a live video feed from a different location, CNCC officials said.

"We are increasing the educational options throughout our service areas," CNCC president John Boyd said.

New programs available this fall include industrial electrician, civil engineering technology, horsemanship, horse management, energy and facility management, helicopter flight and massage therapy.

Moffat County eligible for federal assistance

Named as a contiguous county to one or more Utah counties in the federal Secretarial Disaster Determination, Moffat County is now eligible to receive disaster assistance.

The Disaster Determination is based on agricultural damages and losses caused by the combined effects of severe drought, insect infestation, killing frosts, hot and dry winds, below normal runoff, wildfires and flash floods that occurred beginning Jan. 1.

Family-sized farm operations are eligible to be considered for low interest Farm Service Agency emergency loans if requirements are met.

Emergency loan applications will be received through April 21, 2008. Applications may be picked up at the Moffat County Farm Service Agency.

College's summer enrollment increases

For the first time in three years, Colorado Northwestern Community College notched a summer semester enrollment increase, school officials reported.

The college, which has registered declining enrollment in recent years, reported more students attended this year's summer semester than last year.

College president John Boyd said he believed the enrollment boost will carry over into the fall semester.

"Over the past year, the college has put more emphasis on our marketing and recruitment campaigns and we believe that it is paying off," Boyd said. "The college serves a vital role in the higher education of our children and in workforce development and training for the communities we serve. We are taking this responsibility very seriously."

Enrollment projections support Boyd's belief that fall semester enrollment will be an increase from last fall.

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