Briefs for Feb. 18, 2013: BLM reminds residents about Emerald closures

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The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to comply with seasonal closures at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs.

The closures are in place to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a Little Snake Field Office news release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to human entry through June 30.

The closure includes the Beall Trail and Kemray Draw, as well as Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife lands to the east and the Humble Ranch property located southeast of the Emerald Mountain recreation area.

“We are seeing a number of violations of this closure this winter, which could have significant impact on the elk in this area,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said in the release. “However, the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1.”

Violators of the closure face citations and a minimum $175 fine.

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000.

Conservation district meeting this week

The annual meeting of the Colorado First Conservation District and Mineral and Surface Rights Workshop will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

All landowners are encouraged to attend. The meal will be a potluck with the district providing table service, meat and drinks.

Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.

There will be awards and drawings for prizes. Dan Davison will address mineral rights issues and Jeff Comstock will speak about surface rights.

RSVP to the district at 970-824-3476 or at 145 Commerce St.

Concert featuring local bands set for Friday

The band Beyond the Wreckage will perform a concert at 5 p.m. Friday, at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Craig.

Other bands also performing are Biological Meltdown, Alcaeus, Decretum and ICO.

The cost is $5 per person.

Conservation district accepting tree orders

The Colorado First Conservation District is taking orders for seedling trees.

The trees will arrive the last week of April. The average cost of each tree or shrub is less than $1.

A wide variety of plants are available to plant this spring but species are limited. Residents are encouraged to order early.

Residents must own an acre of land or more to participate. Order forms are available at the BLM, the Moffat County Extension Office or the Conservation District office at 145 Commerce St. For more information, call 970-824-3476, ext. 101.

Free cardiovascular screenings offered

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig will provide FREE cardiovascular screenings by appointment from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Screenings include: Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, blood glucose, and body mass index by appointment only. To schedule your screening appointment, call Community Health Educator Eveline at 970-871-7658.

Rebekah’s Scholarship Fundraiser on Feb. 28

Hayden Rebekah’s Scholarship Fundraiser is from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Rebekah Hall, 210 Walnut St. in Hayden. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. A chili and potato bar will be offered along with drinks and desserts. For more information, call Janis Brown at 970-824-4168.

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