Craig briefs: Gov. Ritter orders flags to be lowered

Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered U.S. and Colorado flags be lowered to half-staff on state buildings Sunday in observance of the 28th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

Four Colorado firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2008 will be among the 98 men and five women who will be remembered at the official service at the National Fire Academy in Maryland.

They are:

• Capt. Shane Stewart, Ault-Pierce Fire Protection District, who died Feb. 23, 2008, while responding to a medical emergency call.

• Chief Terry DeVore, Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department, who died April 15, 2008, while responding to a brush fire.

• Firefighter John Schwartz Jr., Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department, who died April 15, 2008, while responding to a brush fire.

• Pilot Gert Marais, Aero Applicators (a Colorado State Forest Service contractor) of Sterling, who died April 15, 2008, when his single-engine air tanker crashed while fighting a wildland fire.

Fire departments across the country will conduct simultaneous services, lower flags to half-staff, sound sirens at noon and observe a moment of silent tribute.

New Daily Press racks around Craig

To provide newspapers to local residents from sunup to sundown, the Daily Press has installed six new newspaper racks around town.

The locations are:

Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave.

• Carelli's, 465 Yampa Ave.

• Jackson's Office Supply, 106 W. Victory Way

• OP Bar & Grill, 534 E. Victory Way

• Ocean Pearl, 441 W. Victory Way

• U.S. Post Office, 556 Pershing St.

Weekday copies are available for 25 cents each.

The Saturday Morning Pres will continue to be delivered free of charge.

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