Area briefs for March 17

Oil spill cleanup proceeding well

Cleanup of an approximate 3,000 gallon spill has gone well, said Bill Johnston of the Craig Fire Department.

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The spill occurred Sunday night, 10 miles south of Craig around mile marker 80 on Highway 13.

When officials arrived on scene, there was a 30-foot geyser coming from a pipe owned by Rocky Mountain Pipeline System. Still, none of the oil reached the river, Johnston said, and there was no fire.

The pipeline company continued the cleanup after Hazmat left.

"The response of the pipeline company was amazing," Johnston said. "... They took it very seriously, and reacted in the most appropriate manner."

Rocky Mountain Pipeline had not returned a phone call by deadline Friday.

It is believed the pipe burst after a rock fell on it.

CDOT warns of road delays in county

The Colorado Department of Transportation warns of road delays in the Moffat County area on Friday due to an oversized load.

Road delays can be expected from Baggs, Wyo., to Craig from 8 to 9 a.m.; from Craig to Meeker from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; and from Meeker to Rangely from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Get a free fluorescent light from YVEA

Yampa Valley Electric Association will give a free compact fluorescent light to customers who return the coupon from the YVEA newsletter that will be arriving in mailboxes sometime around March 26. Also, customers can purchase additional compact fluorescent lights at wholesale price.

The association hopes customers will determine their top five used bulbs and replace them with CFLs. A 100-watt incandescent bulb can be replaced with a 23 watt CFL for the same lumen output. While an incandescent bulb produces 85 percent heat and 15 percent light, a CFL produces 90 percent light and 10 percent heat.

Supporting conservation helps to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and preserve our natural resources for the future. Using a single 23-watt CFL instead of a 100-watt incandescent bulb saves approximately 700 kWh of electricity over the bulb's life. That equates to a savings of 700 pounds of coal per bulb or over 8.75 tons of avoided carbon dioxide, along with smaller amounts of sulfur oxides and other gases from entering our air. If every homeowner replaced just one light bulb with a CFL, consumers would save enough electricity to light more than 2.5 million homes for a year and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of nearly 800,000 cars. Fluorescent lighting is the most efficient, most economical and most environmentally friendly type of lighting.

Library events set for March and April

The week of March 19 is spring break, and the theme for upcoming library story time and children's events is Creepy, Crawly Bugs.

All week at the library residents will find self-directed activities and games about bugs for children of all ages. On March 22, join the library for slimy, slippery, weird and wonderful stories that will have you bug'in out. The 10 a.m. story time stories and activities will be appropriate for babies up to kindergarten-age children.

The 11:30 a.m. story time will have activities and stories appropriate for older children, kindergarten through fourth-grade. Visitors may wish to show up a little early this week to be sure to get a seat.

See the list below for a complete description of the dates, times and themes for our March and April story time events.

The library is continuing to take volunteers who are interested in helping with the planning and running of this year's summer reading program, titled Get a Clue. Contact the library at 824-5116 today to learn more.

The March 29 theme is spiders. Visitors will hear stories about these spectacular, web-spinning critters.

The April 5 theme is bunnies and eggs. Silly stories about bunnies will be read.

The April 12 theme is baby animals.

The April 19 theme is the human body. This week spend some time getting to know the human body in stories and art.

The April 26 theme is spring. April showers bring Mayflowers and with summer around the corner, spring is definitely here.

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