Craig briefs for Dec. 29

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Post office: Clear your mailboxes of snow, ice

With the arrival of snow, ice and difficult weather conditions, the Craig post office is asking postal customers to always clear a safe, accessible path to mailboxes.

Post office requests include:

• Make sure the mailbox is visible and free of snow and ice.

• Make sure mailboxes are safely accessible for letter carriers.

• Clear the mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are too difficult, letter carriers must consider safety and accessibility first, and are instructed not to deliver to mailboxes and locations considered too difficult or unsafe to access.

For more information, call the Craig post office at 824-8506.

Wildlife photos are up at Tracks and Trails

The Tracks and Trails Museum, 129 E. Main Street in Oak Creek, is featuring Daniel Ellertson's wildlife photographs on display on the Artist's Wall. Call 736-8245.

Dinosaur National Monument road closes

Dinosaur National Monument's Harper's Corner Road, which begins two miles east of Dinosaur on U.S. Highway 40 and runs 31 miles into the monument, will close to the public Thursday Superintendent Mary Risser announced in a news release.

The first five miles of the road up to Plug Hat Butte will remain open and plowed throughout the winter to allow public access to the Plug Hat parking area for snowmobile and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

The road closure entails locking two gates on the Harpers Corner Road above and below Moffat County Road 16 and the gate at Plug Hat Butte Picnic Area.

Cross-country skiing and snowmobile use are allowed on the closed portion of the road beyond Plug Hat Butte. Snowmobiles are not allowed off the road surface and may not go past the Echo Park Road turnoff 21 miles north of U.S. 40.

The Split Mountain campground on the Utah side of the Monument will remain open for the winter. The campgrounds at Rainbow Park, Deerlodge and Echo Park remain open, but snowfall may prevent access to those campgrounds as the winter progresses.

Campgrounds have vault toilets, but no running water. No fees are charged at these campgrounds during the winter season.

New museum exhibit up at Yampa Avenue

The Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave., opened a new exhibit highlighting two men from Moffat County's past.

The exhibit features William Bayard Craig - whom museum Director Dan Davidson said is Craig's namesake - and Alexander Phimister Proctor, a nationally recognized nature sculptor who spent some of his formative years hunting in Northwest Colorado.

Residents may be familiar with some of Proctor's work, as some of his sculptures now decorate Civic Center Park in downtown Denver.

The local exhibit includes a mountain lion piece made from one of Proctor's original casts.

At the same time, Craig's Centennial is nearing its conclusion, and museum officials plan to take down the current Centennial exhibit in the near future.

Davidson encouraged all residents to see it at least once, as it includes a lot of information about how Craig has changed during the past century.

The museum also is having a holiday sale for all of the merchandise in its gift shop, with discounts ranging from 25 to 50 percent. Call the museum at 824-6360 for more information.

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