Craig briefs for March 21

Bowling association to sponsor tourney

— The Northwest Colorado Bowling Association will sponsor an open bowling tournament at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 12 and 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 13 at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center.

The tournament is open to any member with a valid United States Bowling Congress card. Entries close at 9 p.m. April 11 and may be obtained at the bowling center. For more information, call 824-7974.

Flood preparedness and safety

Flash floods and floods are the No. 1 cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms in the United States, claiming more than 100 fatalities each year, according to the National Weather Service.

Flooding also causes more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event, with an average of $4.6 billion a year.

In Colorado, floods and flash floods have accounted for 315 fatalities since 1920. Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. Drivers should remember that two feet of water will cause most vehicles to float. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock you off your feet.

Sources to learn about floods coming include:

All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio is one of the best ways to receive forecasts, watches, and warnings from NOAA's National Weather Service. All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information, including flood warnings and flash flood warnings.

Also, the National Weather Service Web page at www.weather.gov/ahps will identify where flooding is occurring.

The following are some basic safety rules:

Before venturing into flood prone areas, monitor All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite news source for vital weather information.

If you find yourself in an area where flooding is occurring, move to higher ground away from areas subject to flooding.

Avoid areas already flooded and do not attempt to cross flowing streams.

Never allow children to play around high water, storm drains, viaducts or arroyos.

In a vehicle, do not drive around barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Instead, "Turn around, don't drown."

And never drive through flooded roadways, as the road bed under the flood waters may be washed out. Instead, "TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!"

Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes if there is a threat of flooding. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Safety rules specific to slot canyons and rugged terrain include the following:

• Check in at visitor centers or contact stations to obtain permits.

• Become familiar with the terrain and know your escape routes.

• Be aware that deadly flash flood waters can travel from many miles away with travel times of 10 hours or more.

• Always let someone know your itinerary before venturing out.

For more information about the dangers of floods and flash floods, check out the National Flood Safety Awareness Week Web page at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.

Hospice fundraiser close to achieving goal

Area hospice program staff and volunteers raised $1,962 during Tuesday's "Heralds of Hope" fundraiser, said Kris Bye, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association volunteer coordinator. The sum fell slightly short of the program's $2,000 goal.

All proceeds from the one-day fundraiser will be used to support programs and purchase materials for the hospice program, which provides in-home care and support for those in the last stage of life.

Hospice Daffodils still are available in Steamboat Springs at the Visiting Nurse Association and Alpine Floral. Your purchase of one or more bunches of flowers supports Hospice and Palliative Care Services of Northwest Colorado. Cost is $5 a bunch. For more information, call the VNA at 879-1632.

Community members still can make donations to the hospice program at the VNA's Craig office at 745 Russell St. Checks should be made payable to "Hospice." For more information, call 871-7660.

BLM to burn thinned trees on Cedar Mountain

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 during 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.

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