Area news briefs for Jan. 23


Full moon open house at Yampa River State Park on Feb. 3

Yampa River State Park, two miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40, is having a Full Moon Ski and Skate Open House from 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3.

Visitors can cross-country ski on the groomed nature trail, skate on the pond and enjoy roasted hot dogs, hot cocoa and coffee. Visitors also are encouraged to bring ingredients to make s'mores.

The visitor center and retail outlet will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a large variety of educational and informational items for sale at 30 percent off. Colorado State Parks annual passes will be for sale and vehicle registrations can be made as well. The visitor center also features impressive displays of local history and are a great example of how Colorado Lottery dollars are used.

Attracting more than 11 million visitors per year, Colorado's 41 state parks are a vital cornerstone in Colorado's economy and quality of life, offering some of the best outdoor recreation destinations in the state. Colorado State Parks manages more than 4,000 campsites, 57 cabins and yurts, and 246,000 land and water acres.

For more information on state parks, visit

Suicide prevention class in Hayden

ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training, Suicide CPR, will be held Thursday and Friday in Hayden. The training is offered at no charge and lunch is provided. The training provides a model for how to talk with someone who is contemplating suicide and is appropriate for any adult in our community who wishes to be able to reach out to someone in this position. It works for professionals as well as for neighbors, friends and family members. To register or for more information call Sandy Beran of the VNA at 871-7682 or Sara Ross of Steamboat Mental Health at 879-2141.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Class Act Productions of Hayden will present a production of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Hayden High School Auditorium, 495 W. Jefferson Ave.

Community members join students from the Hayden elementary, middle and high schools to perform the play by Roald Dahl produced by Kathy Deepe.

Contributions of $5 for adults and teens and $3 for students are requested at the door. Children under age 5 and seniors are free and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Deep snows forcing wildlife to roads, rails

The Colorado Division of Wildlife reported 41 elk have been hit by trains between Trinidad and Aguilar during a four-day period in early January due to unusually deep snow in southeastern Colorado.

Deer and elk seek places to stand out of the deep snow, leading to herds locating on highways and train tracks.

The DOW estimated that 200 pronghorn also have been hit on roadways since two major blizzards swept across Colorado in early January and drivers are warned to slow down when approaching animals near roadways.

BLM seeking pasture for wild horses, burros

The Bureau of Land Management is soliciting bids for new pasture facilities for wild horses and burros.

Pasture facilities must be able to maintain at least 750 wild horses over a one-year period with an option for four additional one-year extensions.

The bureau manages wild horses and burros as a living symbol of the western spirit and holds public adoptions every four years.

Details of requirements are posted in solicitation NAR070052 at, and information on adopting wild horses and burros can be found at

Post office to install new postmaster

The public is invited to the official installation and swearing-in ceremony for Craig Postmaster Dion Helmick on Jan. 24. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Craig Post Office, 556 Pershing St.

Mark Lambert, area 4 post office operations manager, will conduct Helmick's swearing-in ceremony.

Helmick assumed the Craig postmaster position in September 2006. A 10-year postal service employee, Helmick began work in 1995 as a part-time flexible distribution clerk at the Glenwood Springs Post office. He is a former delivery and retail operations supervisor in Glenwood Springs.

The Craig Post Office has 20 employees, 12 city/rural routes and 1,700 post office boxes. They process and deliver an average of 27,000 pieces of mail per day for 6,300 delivery addresses in zip codes 81625 and 81626.

The local post office is part of the Colorado/Wyoming District of the U.S. Postal Service, one of 80 postal districts in the U.S.

Helmick is married to Claire. They have a daughter, Natalya and two sons, Ciaran and Caeden.

"Craig is a great community," Helmick said. "We have a terrific post office with excellent employees. Our goal is to continue to provide our customers with the best mail service possible."

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