Craig briefs: Reservations accepted for Diamonds and Spurs

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The Rotary Club of Craig will once again host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event the evening of Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The black tie event features delicious food, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and music. Tickets cost $65 per individual, $480 for an eight-person table and $600 for a 10-person table. All proceeds help fund Craig Rotary. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, call Randy Looper at 970-826-4444.

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.

Gas prices continue to fall, according to site

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado fell 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.01 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.21 per gallon, according to gasoline price website www.gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Tuesday were 14.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 13.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 0.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“Another downward trend in gasoline prices has emerged as motorists hit the roads in the last full week before Christmas,” said www.gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Historically, this is about the time of year that gasoline prices hit their yearly lows, but this time around, I have more optimism that prices may move even lower in the next few weeks. As we finish our 2014 forecast at GasBuddy in the near future, we can say that 2014 does offer some relief compared to what we’ll end up seeing in terms of average in 2013, but for the time being, the next week looks to see a continued drop in gasoline prices.”

GasBuddy operates www.coloradogasprices.com and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than

25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.

AAA: 1.6M Coloradans to travel during holidays

AAA Colorado projects that 1.6 million Coloradans (31.4 percent of the state’s population) will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season, an increase of 0.5 percent over last year, according to a release. Of all the travel holidays, the year-end holiday season remains the least volatile. Only once in the past decade has there been a change in travel volume greater than five percent and that was a decline in 2007 as the recession was just getting started.

Spanning the Christmas and New Year holidays and two weekends, the year-end holiday period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 21, to Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Approximately 90 percent of Colorado travelers or 1.45 million people plan to travel by automobile during the year-end holidays. This is a 0.9 percent increase from last year.

Air travel is expected to decrease 1.7 percent as 113,000 holiday travelers will take to the skies. Those traveling by air will find airfares slightly lower than last year according to AAA’s Leisure travel Index. During Christmas week the average lowest round-trip rate is $199 for the top 40 U.S. air routes compared to $204 last year.

According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, hotel rates for AAA Three Diamond lodgings are expected to average $138 per night compared to $142 last year. Travelers planning to stay at AAA Two Diamond hotels can expect to pay an average cost of $102 per night, compared to $101 in 2012. Weekend daily car rental rates will average $63, compared to $55 last year.

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