Craig briefs: Fuller Center group in search of work project

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Fuller Center 2013 Bike Adventure is coming to Craig, and the bicycle riders will have a workday July 15. The local Fuller group is in need of work projects for the riders. The group seeks to help low-income community seniors, handicap and veteran homeowners. The homeowner needs to supply materials and tools for their projects. The Fuller Center supplies free labor. Projects do not require professional skills. Please call or stop by Brass Key Realty or call 970-824-7086. The deadline is Friday.

Firefighter’s Luau to take place July 13

The Annual Firefighter’s Luau (formerly Firefighter’s Ball) will be held at 6 p.m. July 13 at The O.P. Bar & Grill. The event helps support the department’s scholarship fund. There will be a limbo contest, prizes for the best costume and great music. Tickets are $10 per person. Call 970-824-5914 or ask any firefighter for tickets. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Craig to host Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

The Craig Lions Club is bringing the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus to Craig on July 14 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds with two scheduled performances at 2 and 4:30 p.m. In its 29th year, C&M Circus has become internationally known for family entertainment. All are welcome to come to the circus to watch Craig be transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls across the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day.

Between 9:30 and 10 a.m., the circus will feature the raising of the Big Top, and then it will host a free tour. This presentation offers a face-to-face opportunity for families, schools and interested community members to meet and learn all about the C&M Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn facts about performers, the history of the show and the different species of animals in the circus family.

In this presentation, the circus also will address topics such as hygiene, grooming and the veterinary care all of its animals receive.

1 dead, 4 hurt in Grand County crash July 4th

The Colorado State Patrol responded to a vehicle/pedestrian crash at 10:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. Emergency medical and law enforcement personnel responded to a collision between a vehicle and several pedestrians on U.S. Highway 34 in Grand County, according to a news release. The investigation indicates that a vehicle driving eastbound on U.S. 34 struck five members of a family of 10. One individual was pronounced dead at the scene, and four people were transported by air to Denver for medical treatment.

Based on the initial investigation, the Colorado State Patrol arrested Lucas Ackerman and booked him into the Grand County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, child abuse and possession of a weapon while intoxicated.

On Friday, Ackerman appeared before Judge Mary C. Hoak, of the Grand County District Court, who set bond in the amount of $40,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday. The District Attorney’s Office will file formal charges by that date.

The Colorado State Patrol, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand County Coroner and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate this case.

A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Lane closures expected near the Twin Tunnels

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that drivers should expect 35-mile-per-hour speed limits on the eastbound Interstate 70 frontage road near the Twin Tunnels while the detour remains in place through late 2013.

Next week, CDOT will have the following lane closures in place, east and/or west of the Twin Tunnels, for barrier work and truck hauling operations:

Monday

■ 5 to 11 a.m.: one lane closed eastbound

■ 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday: one lane closed eastbound and westbound

Tuesday

■ 5 to 11 a.m.: one lane closed eastbound

■ 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday: one lane closed eastbound

Wednesday

■ 5 to 11 a.m.: one lane closed eastbound

Thursday

■ 5 to 11 a.m.: one lane closed eastbound

Friday

■ 5 to 11 a.m.: one lane closed eastbound

July 13

■ 5 to 10 a.m.: one lane closed eastbound

High temperatures take a toll on car batteries

The high temperatures that have climbed above 90 degrees can take a toll on car batteries, and AAA Colorado reminds drivers to conduct basic battery care by doing the following:

Ensure that battery cables have a clean and tight connection to battery terminals. Dirty, loose connections constrict the flow of current and are a common cause of battery troubles.

Have a qualified technician check the battery fluid level. Most batteries are maintenance-free, but battery fluid level still can run low, leading to oxidation and a dead battery.

Have the electrical charging system tested at the same time as the battery. A faulty alternator is one of the most common causes of battery failure.

If you go weeks without driving your vehicle, get a trickle charger to keep the battery in good shape while it’s garaged. Most vehicles have electronic components such as security systems and clock and radio settings that drain a small amount of energy even when the car is turned off, often as much as 1 to 2 percent per day in optimal temperatures. In time, that small amount of constant drain on the battery adds up and can lead to a dead battery.

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