Craig briefs: Warmer weather is in store for Craig this week

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The climate looks to be warming up for Northwest Colorado this week, at least temporarily.

Initial readings from the National Weather Service show that temperatures for Craig could get as high as the mid-30s by Wednesday. The forecast calls for a chance of snow Thursday and through the night, followed by another dip in the numbers going back down to the 20s for Friday and the rest of the weekend.

Overnight lows are not expected to surpass zero at any point in the week.

Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos. The photo with the most likes by Friday will win the contest and receive a $250 gift card to Murdoch’s. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Community to host party for Bilodeau

Gene Bilodeau has been a longtime member of the community for 20 years. He accepted a new job in South Dakota, and his last day at CNCC is Friday. A going-away party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Stop by to wish Bilodeau the best in his new endeavor. Party hosts are asking for RSVPs to help with the food planning. Call 970-824-5689 to RSVP.

Tour of Lights seeks house nominations

The Craig Daily Press and Yampa Valley Electric Association are sponsoring the annual Holiday Tour of Lights. You may enter your own home or the home of friends or neighbors that you think really shine with the holiday spirit. First prize is $200, second prize is $100, third prize is $75 and honorable mention is $50. Enter the Tour of Lights contest by emailing submissions to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788. Homes will be judged Thursday.

Enroll for classes at CNCC to receive gift

Students that enroll for spring semester by today will be put into drawing for an iPad. Call the Merc at CNCC at 970-824-1124 for more information. Free burritos and breakfast sandwiches will be available today for those registering.

Department looks to track pot inventory

The Department of Revenue’s Enforcement Division demonstrated a new Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solutions at a news conference Wednesday in Denver, according to a press release.

MITS is another tool for the Marijuana Enforcement Division to work toward its mission of ensuring public safety and providing Colorado’s citizens with a regulated marijuana industry.

MITS is an automated inventory tracking system, which will work in concert with video surveillance, scheduled and unscheduled compliance checks, issue specific enforcement actions and focused investigations based on tips and risk analysis. MITS also will provide industry members and MED staff with an efficient and easy-to-use tool to collect and review required data submissions.

Additionally, the system will produce the transportation manifest necessary to move marijuana inventory throughout the state. This will provide industry members and law enforcement with a standardized process that will be used uniformly across the state — any commercial medical or retail marijuana inventory transported within our state will be accompanied by a MITS generated manifest.

Medical Marijuana Industry members have been receiving training in the use of MITS for more than a month with the goal of having every operating medical marijuana facility active and functional within the MITS system by Dec. 31 — as mandated by MED Rule. Businesses have begun entering data into MITS and ordering the RFID tags and the packaging. All marijuana businesses are required to use MITS.

The speakers at the news conference were Barbara Brohl, executive director for the Colorado Department of Revenue; Jeff Wells, president of Franwell Inc. (program vendor); Ron Kammerzell, enforcement senior director and Lewis Koski; marijuana enforcement chief of investigations.

A video of the news conference will be posted on the Divisions web site’s News and Information page: www.colorado.gov/revenue/med later today.

Drivers cautioned about I-70 sun glare

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers who travel Interstate 70 about the sun glare problem that affects drivers at this time of year on Floyd Hill.

Beginning in early November and continuing through early February, morning drivers can encounter blinding sun glare as they head eastbound up Floyd Hill (mile markers 244 to 247 east of Idaho Springs). The glare occurs from about 7 until 8:30 a.m. However, it is especially severe from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The problem is created by the sun’s angle during mid- to late fall and early winter, along with the highway’s configuration going up Floyd Hill.

■ Other driver recommendations include:

■ Making sure the windshield is clean — inside and out.

■ Wearing a good pair of sunglasses to provide shading.

■ Anticipating traffic slowdowns and adjusting speed to avoid sudden reactions.

■ Letting off the accelerator and slowing down gradually instead of slamming on the brakes if suddenly blinded by the sun.

■ Avoiding eastbound travel on Floyd Hill, if possible, between 7 and 8:30 a.m. 

CDOT also is reminding motorists of Colorado’s Move-It Law, a joint effort between CDOT and law enforcement agencies that encourages motorists to follow a state law requiring drivers involved in minor crashes on interstates to move their vehicle immediately out of traffic to a safe location. The insurance industry also encourages compliance with the Move-It Law, reassuring drivers that there still will be a full investigation of the crash to determine fault.

Road conditions can change quickly this time of year. Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by visiting www.cotrip.org. 

Bella Voce Chorus seeks new members

The Bella Voce Chorus members of Sweet Adelines International are searching for female singers in the Craig, Meeker, Steamboat Springs and Baggs areas. The group wants to grow its chorus. Celebrating its 30th year, the Bella Voce Chorus, formerly the “Yampa Valley Chorus” was founded in Craig in 1983. Now led by the group’s new director, Jeana Womble, the women range from 11-year-olds to grandmothers and all are from diverse backgrounds. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Craig Middle School auditorium. The internationally renowned Bella Voce Chorus is one of the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up this worldwide organization of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony.

Musical knowledge is not necessary to join — every rehearsal is like a voice lesson. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range. For more information, contact Jeana Womble at 970-824-6472 or gladiam@live.com.

CDOT reminds drivers to watch for wildlife

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It’s up to motorists to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and numerous other agencies always have recommended and wildlife advocates.

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