Craig briefs for Aug. 7

Indecision on Colo. Highway 13

— The Colorado Department of Transportation has not made a final decision about whether to finish its construction projects on Colorado Highway 13 this year or in 2009.

Discussions with contractors and suppliers for the project are ongoing and likely will be resolved in one or two weeks, said Nancy Shanks, CDOT Western Slope public relations director.

Starting in May, CDOT planned to widen and resurface six miles of the road south of the Wyoming border, and then install "safety improvements," such as strengthened guardrails, for another 12 miles south.

CDOT crews will complete all dirt work for widening the road this year, regardless of other decisions for the project, Shanks said.

Highway 13 has been a priority road for CDOT for several years, but an asphalt shortage stemming from high oil prices has forced the agency to consider delaying projects across the state.

A separate road project on Colorado Highway 131 south of Steamboat Springs will be partially delayed until 2009.

CDOT crews plan to complete some road widening projects, as well as install new drainage and utility lines, this year. The state plans to repave the road in 2009.

Pregnancy Center to hold fundraiser at fair

The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center will sponsor its second annual Goat Berry Bingo Fundraiser at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday near the grandstands at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Come early to choose your numbers. For more information, call 824-5204.

Rabies preventable with these steps

Rabies is spread through an animal's saliva, usually from a bite or scratch. Protect yourself from rabies by keeping your pets' rabies vaccinations current, teaching children to stay away from wild or dead animals, contacting your veterinarian if your pet is bitten or scratched by a wild animal and educating yourself about bat-proofing techniques if you have bats roosting in your house. For more information log onto www.cdphe.state.co.us/ and search "rabies."

Free immunization clinic for children

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free immunization clinic for children ages 3 and younger from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hayden Fire Station.

Get up to date on your child's immunizations, get a free car seat check and a free heart health screening for adults.

Parents should bring the child's immunization record to the clinic.

For more information, call 879-1632 or log on to www.nwcovna.info and click on the Are you up to date? VACCINATE! link to see what vaccinations your child needs.

Chamber seeking board candidates

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates for a 2009-11 term on the Chamber's board of directors. Four seats are available. The Chamber's bylaws require that a minimum of two Chamber members serve on a nominating committee for these positions.

Anyone who is interested in serving as a Chamber board member or on the nominating committee, or would like more information about these positions, should call Christina Currie at 824-5689.

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