Craig briefs: County commissioners to meet on Tuesday

Commissioners will meet to discuss county business at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at 221 W. Victory Way, Suite 130.

Agenda:

■ 8:30 to 8:35 a.m.: Call to order

Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

■ 8:35 to 8:45 a.m.: Consent Agenda — Review & Sign the following documents:

A. Approve minutes: Aug. 6

B. Resolution for payment of payroll warrants

C. Resolution for transfer of payment warrants

D. Department of Social Services Mental Health Core Services contract with Colorado West Regional Mental Health

E. Department of Social Services Substance Abuse Core Services contract with Colorado West Regional Mental Health Discharge Monitoring Report

F. Department of Social Services Core Day Treatment Alternative Services contract with Colorado West Regional Mental Health

G. Memo of understanding for the Moffat County Collaborative Management Program

H. Amendment to APH construction contract for Museum of Northwest Colorado improvements

■ 8:45 to 9 a.m.: General discussion, safety meeting

■ 9 to 9:15 a.m.: Planning & Zoning Department — Jerry Hoberg

A. Jones Outdoor Storage — CUP C-13-06

B. Jeffcoat exemption — E-13-01

■ 9:15 to 9:30 a.m.: Human Resources Department — Lynnette Running

Present personnel requisition for approval

■ 9:30 to 10 a.m.: Northwest Workforce Board — Darcy Trask

Board update

■ 10 to 10:30 a.m.: Road and Bridge Department — Bill Mack and Linda DeRose

A. Monthly reports

B. Request waiving bid process for asphalt materials testing

C. Present Soil Logic contract for asphalt materials testing

■ 10:30 to 11 a.m. McMahan & Associates — Paul Backes,

Auditor report

221 W Victory Way, Suite 130 Craig, CO 81625

■ 11 to 11:45 a.m.: VNA — Lisa Brown

Public Health update

Crane festival comes to Northwest Colorado

The second annual Yampa Valley Crane Festival takes place in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Craig from Sept. 6 through 9, featuring crane viewing sessions, expert speakers, films, family activities, a crane art show and more. All scheduled events are open to the public and free.

A highlight of the festival will be the talks given by three crane experts. Internationally renowned conservation photographer Michael Forsberg will present a slideshow and talk entitled “From Cranes to Plains — A Photographer’s Journey Connecting the Heart of a Continent.” Wildlife biologist Rod Drewien, considered the world’s expert on the Rocky Mountain Greater Sandhill Crane population, will focus on his work throughout the years with this sub-species. An update on the White-naped Crane conservation project in Mongolia will be presented by U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region Avian Program Coordinator Robert Skorkowsky.

Additional festival highlights include guided bird/nature walks in some of the Yampa Valley’s most magnificent settings, children and family activities, a Crane Art Show at Depot Art Center, which opens during the First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat Springs and daily guided crane viewing opportunities around the valley.

A new pre-festival event is planned this year for Craig. At sunset Sept. 4 the public is invited to view Sandhill Cranes at a site (to be announced) in the Craig area. Yampa Valley Birding Club members will be available to answer questions, present fact sheets on cranes, and provide spotting scopes for crane viewing. The exact time and location will be posted on the Yampa Valley Crane Festival website at www.coloradocranes.org just prior to the event.

Sandhill Cranes are an iconic species of the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado. For years, a group of enthusiastic birders and nature lovers has gathered each fall at a small ranch near Hayden to watch the cranes forage for food, dance in the fields and practice flying in anticipation of their grand migration south to warmer wintering territory. The sights and sounds of these birds on their fall staging ground in the Yampa Valley led some to dream about an event in which locals and tourists would gather together to learn about this population of cranes and to celebrate their presence in Northwest Colorado.

Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Sandhill Cranes in Colorado. Yampa Valley Crane Festival is presented by the coalition, with help from partners including the Bud Werner Memorial Library, The Nature Conservancy, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, USDA Forest Service, Yampatika, and many other local businesses and organizations.

For more information on the Yampa Valley Crane Festival’s daily schedule of festival events, visit www.coloradocranes.org.

Jones Hole Trail and area remains closed

The Jones Hole Trail and surrounding National Park Service lands from the NPS/U.S. Wildlife and Fish Service fish hatchery boundary to Ely Creek remain closed to all public use because of an active rockslide, according to a press release.

A geomorphologist, who works for the National Park Service Washington Office Geologic Resources Division, plans to be in the monument toward the end of next week, the release stated. He will visit the slide area and look at the cliff face, especially those areas around the cracks, to try to determine the potential for more slides in the immediate future.

The first reported rockslide occurred June 18. A large slab of rock broke free from a cliff face just a short distance inside the monument boundary, less than quarter of a mile from the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery. After receiving reports, park rangers checked the scene and did not see any further activity, the news release said.

Another small slide occurred June 20, where a much larger slab of rock broke free and tumbled to the stream below. A large debris field formed below the slide site. The slide was large enough to send large boulders, the size of a pickup, across Jones Hole Creek before coming to rest against trees by the hiking trail. No injuries were reported as a result of the slide, according to the release.

The area that broke free from the cliff roughly was estimated to be 100 feet high by 50 feet wide with a thickness of 10 feet or more. The slab fell another 400 feet to the stream below. Numerous trees were knocked down during the event including several across the trail. Large cracks are visible in the rock remaining attached to the cliff. Staff at the fish hatchery have reported seeing a couple of small rocks fall from the cliff face. Due to the potential for more falling rock, the area remains closed until further notice.

For more information about Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700. You also can visit www.nps.gov/dino, on twitter at twitter.com/DinosaurNPS, or facebook at www.facebook.com/DinosaurNationalMonument.

Moffat to participate in Rural Philanthropy Days

Online registration is now open for the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference slated for Sept. 25 through 27 at Winter Park Resort. The Northwest region for RPD represents five counties: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt. Event organizers are hoping to expand the turnout this year, hosted every four years in each region throughout the state, according to a press release.

The 2013 theme for RPD is “Making Tracks; Connecting past and building a future.” The events provide trainings for staff and directors; forums with Front Range funders and government representatives about the region’s achievements and challenges; informal networking for face time with funders; capacity building workshops; inspiring speakers; and a new youth track, the release said. Registration includes three days of meals, including a barbeque dinner at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. To learn more, view a complete event agenda and register online, visit www.northwestrpd.org.

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