Craig briefs for Oct. 28

BLM prescribed burn to begin today

The Bureau of Land Management White River Field Office is set to conduct a prescribed burn in the Wasson Draw area north of U.S. Highway 40. The project is located in Wasson Draw, northwest of the intersections of Moffat County roads 16 and 95.

The project entails burning 360 acres and is scheduled to begin today, if weather is favorable. It will take two to three days to complete, the BLM reported in a news release, and smoke will be visible from local country roads and Highway 40.

"The goal for this prescribed broadcast burn is to reduce hazardous fuels in the form of overgrown sagebrush and associated regeneration of pinion-juniper encroachment," the BLM stated in the release. "This will reduce the potential of large-scale wildfire events that would incur extensive suppression cost and/or burn the area outside desired treatment parameters.

"Concurrent goals are to restore suitable habitat for Northern sage grouse and improve rangelands for livestock and wildlife."

Colorado State Air Quality has issued the required permits, and local landowners have been notified.

City institutes new bulk water changes

The city of Craig recently instituted a new bulk water sales system for those who buy large amounts of water for businesses or homes.

The new system is more consumer-friendly, city Finance Director Bruce Nelson said. Prepaid water accounts are kept on file at City Hall, which will prevent problems with lost money.

Bulk water stations - at either 1775 Yampa Ave. or 1100 W. First St. - also offer options for Visa and Mastercard payment, either through debit or credit cards, which was not possible before.

Those with water cards for the old system will need to purchase a new prepaid card for $5 if they wish to continue using a water card. They also may have their money refunded and use Visa or Mastercards for free.

Residents do not need a city account to purchase water.

For more information, call City Hall at 826-2005.

DOW holding 'Crash Course' on Friday

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is sponsoring a Hunter Education "Crash Course" from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Maybell Community Center in Maybell. No late admittance will be allowed.

Participants of this course will receive a temporary Hunter Education Card valid until Dec. 31.

This also will be a completion class for the Internet Course. Any participants who have completed the Hunter Ed course online and bring all of the required paperwork with them will have the opportunity to get their permanent Hunter Education Card.

To pre-register, or for more information, call 970-272-3238.

Preschool scholarships available until Oct. 30

Scholarships for free preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds still are available through the Moffat County School District until Oct. 30. Applying only takes five minutes.

To apply for free tuition at one of two different preschools, call 970-824-6279 or email sarah.hepworth@moffatsd.org.

Yampa Valley Chorus names new director

The Yampa Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines recently named Emily Pfeifer as the choral group's new director.

She comes to the group with lots of expertise. She has a master's degree in choral directing and a bachelor's degree in vocal performance. Pfeifer's husband is a new deputy district attorney.

The Yampa Valley Chorus members will vote on and sign her contract Thursday night at Sunset Elementary.

The choral group also will be looking for new members in coming weeks.

For more information, call Brenda Hershiser, Yampa Valley Chorus team leader, at 824-5993.

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