News for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Craig BBQ event takes first 1st in Rocky Mountain region

For being a smaller community, Craig has plenty to boast about. Another accolade to add is first place for best organized and run Rocky Mountain BBQ Association CUP contest in 2012. The Colorado State BBQ Championships in Craig took first place for best event in the Rocky Mountain region for their event this past August. It’s second year participating, Craig took second, missing first by a couple fractions of a point during its first year. But not in 2012. Craig’s event won first place with a score of 157.322 out of a possible 160 points.

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Craig Middle School teacher receives Excellence in Science Education award

Craig Middle School 8th grade science teacher, Norm Yoast, was honored last Friday with the Excellence in Science Education 2012 Award from the Colorado Association of Science Teachers. A huge honor, Yoast was selected as one of two middle school educators throughout the entire state of Colorado. Nominated by a fellow teacher, Yoast’s nomination went before the board of the Colorado Association of Science Teachers where they voted to select Yoast.

CDOT cautions drivers about holiday traffic

The Colorado Department of Transportation reminded drivers in a news release Wednesday to anticipate heavier than normal traffic through the weekend as people travel for Thanksgiving and crowd the larger shopping areas. “We wish all Coloradoans a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend,” CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt said in the release. “We’re doing what we can to minimize traffic impacts since we know there’s going to be a lot of people out traveling the state’s highways the next five days.” To reduce potential delays, most CDOT construction projects were suspended statewide Wednesday afternoon. Projects will resume their regular schedules on Monday, November 26, though projects located in rural or low-traffic areas may be operating Friday, according to the release.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife begins Rifle Creek fish screen construction

Screen will protect native Colorado River species once complete

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, in cooperation with other agencies, has started construction on a long-sought fish screen in Rifle Creek. Rifle Creek is a tributary of the Colorado River. It is fed by the Rifle Gap Reservoir located northeast of Rifle. Once complete and operational in spring 2013 the screen will prevent non-native fish that have escaped from Rifle Gap Reservoir from traveling downstream to the Colorado River where they can harm native fish species, according to a Parks and Wildlife news release.

Parks and Wildlife accepting Wildlife Landowner of the Year award nominations

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is accepting nominations for its Wildlife Landowner of the Year Award. The honor, bestowed annually, recognizes outstanding contributions made by private landowners to conserving wildlife, enhancing wildlife habitat, and providing public access for hunting and fishing. The winner will be announced Jan. 22, 2013 in Denver at a banquet and awards ceremony during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association competition scheduled to take place during the National Western Stock Show.

White River field office extends Piceance Basin public comment period

Management plan outlines draft energy development strategy on 1.7 million acres

The Bureau of Land Management has extended by 45 days the public comment period deadline for its draft White River Field Office Oil and Gas Resource Management Plan. The draft plan, unveiled in August, outlines a collection of management alternatives in anticipation of increased oil and natural gas development on 1.7 million acres managed by the White River field office in Piceance Basin. Much of the proposed development would take place in Rio Blanco County and could add 4,600 to 21,200 new wells in the Piceance Basin.

Sports briefs for Nov. 21, 2012: Bowling leagues starting to see separation at Thunder Rolls

Check out what has been happening in the world of sports in Craig, including updated bowling standings, Parks and Recreation opportunities to learn to ski or snowboard and an upcoming lifeguard course. Also, youth basketball signups are open.

On the Record for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

On the Record for Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

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3rd and 4th elk seasons produce below-average hunting numbers

With four seasons of elk and deer hunting gone, the largest draw for hunting in Moffat County has passed. Unfortunately, due to mostly warm weather conditions throughout October and November, those seasons did not yield fruitful harvests for many hunters. Colorado Parks and Wildlife collects information from the ground by talking to hunters after they return, and after slightly below average estimates on elk hunting through two seasons, the numbers did not improve. Bill de Vergie, Area Wildlife Manager for Area 6 (which encompasses Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, as well as parts of Routt and Grand counties) said a couple cold, snowy days were not enough.

Craig VFW restaurant closes

Another mainstay restaurant in Craig has closed its doors amidst a rash of restaurant closures that began in October with the Golden Cavvy. The VFW Restaurant closed its doors for the last time Friday. But just as the Cavvy has reopened as the Baker House, there are plans in the works to reopen the VFW Restaurant as a different restaurant.