News for Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Forest roads near Gore Pass temporarily closed for culvert replacements

Beginning Monday and running through Aug. 3, portions of Forest Roads 243 and 250 will be temporarily closed to facilitate the safe and efficient removal and replacement of culverts on Farnham Creek and Gore Creek, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release. Between its junctions with Forest Road 243 and Forest Road 102, approximately five miles of Forest Road 250 will be closed starting Monday. Forest visitors can still access the northern portion of Forest Road 250 via Forest Road 100 as well as the southern portion of this road from Highway 134, the release stated. Also starting on Monday, around five miles of Forest Road 243 will be closed between its junctions with Forest Roads 250 and 185. Several miles of Forest Roads 185 and 241 east and south of this closure will remain open for visitors to enjoy, according to the release.

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Best of Moffat County: Technology and teeth

Dr. Dushan Voyich thinks people have some misconceptions about going to the dentist. “There’s a few things that everybody’s afraid of and that would be getting an injection and also drilling,” the 49-year-old Livingston, Mont. native said. However, as with most areas of medicine, Voyich, who was named top dentist in the Craig Daily Press’ Best of Moffat County contest, said new technology has made the process of maintaining dental health easier on the patient. Smaller-caliber needles and new delivery systems have eased the pains resulting from an injection, and the same kind of advances have been made in the area of drilling.

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Best of Moffat County: Delivering dreams

In 2000, Craig resident Dean Brosious was at a career crossroads. After graduating from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in business and economics, the Ralston, Wyo., native quickly found a job as a banker, a career that would transplant him from Powell, Wyo., through Glenwood Springs to Craig. However, after living in Craig for several years, the bank he was working at was sold, and after running a land title company for 10 years, Brosious, 60, who operates LPL Financial Services at 101 W. Victory Way, decided he wanted to help people manage their own money rather than lend it to them. “At the bank I would loan people money to try and start businesses and be able to buy the things they want to,” he said. “I’m at the opposite end of it now where they bring me money rather than me loaning them money.”

On the record for July 5, 2012

On the record for July 5, 2012

Dinosaur National Monument seeks comments on prairie dog management plan

National Park Service staff will develop a management plan for white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) inhabitating developed areas at Dinosaur National Monument, the agency announced in a press release. White-tailed prairie dogs are a native species in the monument, but have negatively impacted some monument facilities, including weakening the berm surrounding the sewage lagoon near the Quarry Visitor Center, according to the release. NPS Management Policies state that when a species interferes with the management objectives of a site, they can be considered pests and may require management action. Only prairie dogs in close proximity to structures and other park facilities in developed areas would be subject to potential management action, prairie dogs in other areas of the monument would not be affected, the release stated. NPS currently is in the scoping phase of this project and are inviting area residents to submit written comments online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/dinoprairiedogs. You may also submit written comments to Superintendent Mary Risser, Dinosaur National Monument, 4545 HWY 40, Dinosaur, CO 81610, according to the release.

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2012 Fourth of July and Summer Celebration

CNCC memoir writing students share thoughts, memories

When I was a teenager, folks on both sides of our family met up to picnic together at Devil’s Head out of Sedalia, Colorado on the 4th of July. Devil’s Head was the first fire station in the area, and my Granddad built it. He made the first ladder leading up to the top of a large rock there in 1912, over 100 years ago. Since then, a nice fire station has been built on that same site. We all met at the picnic grounds and had a great feast. Then we’d walk up to the station. It is about one and a quarter miles up hill, but we all made it up and down the trail. After we got back down to the picnic grounds it was ice cream and cake time. My family could always pull off a joke. One time, at one of our 4th of July gatherings at Devil’s Head, Mom forgot to bring a knife to cut the cake. Oh yes, one of my uncles went to his car and found a hatchet. He came back and offered to cut the cake. This really brought down a great laugh. It was such a fun gathering. I hope to go back and hike up to the fire station this summer.