Briefs for April 19, 2013: Colorado Highway 13 project ongoing through end of October

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A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 began April 1 on a stretch of the highway south of Meeker and north of Rifle. The work will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22. The project will widen the road’s shoulders to 8 feet, add guardrails and new drainage pipes and increase sight distance for motorists, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of October. No detours are planned, and motorists can expect to encounter alternating lanes of traffic and delays of as long as 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the work zone, and loads of more than 14 feet won’t be allowed.

The $6.7 million project is funded by the state’s FASTER legislation. The contractor on the project is Old Castle United Companies. For more information, call the project hotline at 970-878-7107 or email SH13meeker@publicinfoteam.com.

VNA offering low-cost children’s vaccinations

As part of National Infant Immunization Week from Saturday to April 27, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is reminding parents that one of the best ways to protect children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations. Call the VNA at 970-824-8233 in Craig or 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs to make an appointment for low-cost vaccinations.

Freedom Hooves taking applications for spring

Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding of Northwest Colorado is accepting applications for new students and volunteers for the spring session, which begins April 30. Freedom Hooves offers therapeutic riding lessons for students 3 and older. Applications can be downloaded at www.freedomhooves.org. Call Joan at 970-701-9085 for more information.

Know guidelines for agriculture, debris burning

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind readers about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning.

Grasses are green, but brush and timber are not, and the dead vegetation in grass and brush will carry fire through green plants and can pose fire control issues, according to a news release.

Follow these recommendations for safer burning:

■ Contact the Sheriff’s Office in advance at 970-824-4495 or 970-824-6501.

■ Don’t burn on windy days, and know the forecast weather conditions for your burn day (available at www.crh.noaa.gov/gjt).

■ Notify your neighbors so they don’t call in a fire report.

■ Have a shovel and water nearby to extinguish the fire.

■ Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop.

■ Never leave a fire unattended.

If an agricultural or debris fire damages private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the costs.

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