Craig briefs for March 19

BLM to burn thinned trees

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— The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is scheduled to burn slash piles of juniper trees thinned from around communication towers on Cedar Mountain, northwest of Craig. The burning will take place over the next two weeks, if weather is favorable.

Thinning was completed by hand crews in 2006 to provide wildfire protection for the communication sites.

Cedar Mountain is located on BLM public land four miles northwest of Craig, off Moffat County Road 7.

There are about 50 small slash piles scattered throughout the 5.5 acres surrounding the two sites. Ignition will begin mid-morning and finish by late afternoon. Smoke may be visible from County Road 7.

The burn is the last stage of a project originally planned to reduce the fuel loading or density of flammable juniper trees around the radio and cell phone towers on top of Cedar Mountain. The project will lower the fire intensity, should a wild fire occur, and reduce the risk of damage to area facilities and allow for easier fire control.

For more information, call Skidmore at 826-5031.

National Flood Safety Awareness Week

The definitions below are important for people to understand, the National Weather Service reported in a news release as part of its "Turn Around, Don't Drown," campaign.

• Flash flood: A rapid rise of water along a stream or low-lying area after a heavy rainfall or from the failure of a dam, levee or ice jam.

• Flood: Water overflowing the confines of a river, stream or body of water. A flood also can occur when water accumulates in poorly drained, low-lying or urban areas.

• Hazardous Weather Outlooks: Issued to alert of the potential for flooding and/or flash flooding as much as a week in advance.

• Flood and Flash Flood Watches: Issued when conditions are favorable for flooding or flash flooding. Watches indicate a need for planning, preparation and an increased awareness of changing weather conditions.

• Flash Flood Warnings: Issued when flash flooding is occurring or imminent. A flash flood warning requires the need to take immediate action for protection of life and property.

• Flood Warnings: Issued for flooding along rivers and streams. Point specific warnings are issued for specific river forecast points and aerial flood warnings are issued for a generalized area such as an entire county. A warning indicates the need to take immediate action to protect life and property.

"Turn Around, Don't Drown" is a campaign designed to warn people of walking or driving a vehicle through flood waters. Road signs are used in many parts during flood episodes to warn motorists.

Craig depot to air in television broadcast

Television station KCNC 4 Denver is scheduled to air a broadcast featuring the Craig depot and other historic sites across the state between 9:30 and 10 p.m. March 22. If the segment is canceled, it will be aired at 9:30 p.m. March 29 instead. Colorado Preservation Inc. selected the Craig depot for its 2008 Colorado's Most Endangered Places list last month.

First dog competition slated for September

Craig's first Disc Dog competition will take place Sept. 27. Honey Rock Dogs will host the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Moffat County.

The competition is open to any owner or dog team in a variety of classes.

"Whether you have a champion disc catcher or just a casual fetcher, plan to join the fun," Honey Rock Dogs reported in a press release. "Two free throwing/catching clinics will be offered this spring and summer to help prepare contestants.

For more information, call Shannan Koucherik at 824-9518.

High school play coming

The Moffat County High School Theater Department presents "Charley's Aunt" by Brandon Thomas on three dates - April 2, 3 and 5 - in the high school auditorium.

Show times on all three days are at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. showing April 5. Tickets cost $5 for general admission. High school students are admitted free with student ID.

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