Briefs for Feb. 16, 2013: Taste of chocolate winner named

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Patricia Stauffer and her chocolate cheesecake was the winner of last weekend’s seventh annual Taste of Chocolate in downtown Craig. Stauffer’s delectable dessert was featured at Cornerstone Realty. This year’s Taste of Chocolate featured 12 resident chocolatiers. For $12, attendees could sample and vote for their favorites.

Dental funding possible for seniors

Senior citizens 60 and older who are covered by Medicaid, Medicare Savings Program, QMB, SLIMB or Ql-1 but who aren’t eligible for long-term care benefits and need dental care can call the Northwest Colorado Dental Coalition for information and possible funding. Call 970-824-8000.

Donations sought to help local animals

The Humane Society of Moffat County and Craig Storage and U-Haul are accepting donations during February to help local animals. Money, pet food, pet toys and pet supplies are needed. Donations are being accepted at Craig Storage and U-Haul, 1592 West Victory Way. For more information, call Lorna at 970-824-6464.

BLM’s Colorado office posts sale notice

The Bureau of Land Management’s Colorado office will offer five parcels totaling 5,577 acres during the quarterly competitive oil and gas lease sale scheduled for 9 a.m. May 9 at the Colorado State Office in Lakewood.

Three parcels totaling 2,245 acres are located in the Kremmling Field Office, and two parcels totaling 3,332 acres are in the Kingman Field Office in Arizona.

All of the parcels nominated in the White River Field Office were deferred from this sale for further review, according to a BLM news release. The National Park Service raised concerns regarding some of the parcels due to their proximity to Dinosaur National Monument as well as other resource issues. The BLM is currently working with the National Park Service to address its comments, the news release stated.

The deadline for submitting protests is 4 p.m. March 11. All protests must be received by the BLM Colorado State Office, located at 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215.

Lease sale information was posted online Feb. 8 and can be obtained at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/oilandgas/oil_and_gas_lease.html. Information also is available at any bureau field office.

The state of Colorado will receive 49 percent of the proceeds from the sale, with the remainder going to the federal government. The state of Colorado received more than $158 million in 2012 from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas, according to the BLM. BLM Colorado has approximately 4.2 million acres of public mineral estate leased for oil and natural gas development, generating more than $6.5 billion in direct economic benefits in 2011 and approximately $9.5 billion in total economic impacts, BLM officials say.

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