Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press hosts Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Nov. 30. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send photos to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. Additionally, many of the photos could appear in next year’s Colorado Hunter magazine. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Salvation Army needs holiday bell ringers

The Craig Service Extension Unit of the Salvation Army is planning its annual Kettle Campaign for Moffat County, according to a press release. The campaign will run weekends from Nov. 29 through Christmas Eve.

Volunteers are needed to ring the bells at various locations in Craig. Shifts may be as short as one hour or as long as four hours.

All of the funds raised during the Craig Kettle Campaign remain in Moffat County to help residents throughout the year. Rent, utilities and medical needs are some of the areas where the Salvation Army helps people in need. Ten percent of the donations are added to an emergency fund that only may be used in Moffat County.

The Kettle Campaign is the only fundraising project that the Salvation Army does in Moffat County each year. The pennies, dimes and dollars dropped into the kettles help to keep up with the growing need for assistance in today’s economy.

The Craig Service Extension Unit volunteers work in coordination with Love INC to make sure that donations are used carefully where they will do the most good.

For more information about the Salvation Army in Moffat County or to volunteer as a bell ringer, call Luann Kline at 970-824-5926.

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday. Make this your day to quit. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show that support significantly can improve a person’s chance for success. The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. SmokefreeTXT is a mobile service providing encouragement and tips to help young smokers quit for good. To sign up, text QUIT to IQUIT (47848) or visit www.smokefree.gov. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Craig or Steamboat Springs. There is no fee for the service. To be connected with a cessation counselor in Craig or Steamboat Springs, call 970-871-7634.

Lunch series will focus on Affordable Care Act

A new educational lunch series aims to focus on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on local businesses.

The series — presented by Yampa Valley Medical Center, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Wells Fargo — kicked off Friday at the Colorado Mountain College auditorium. 

“As a leading health care organization in the region, we are happy to host this luncheon series,” Yampa Valley Medical Center CEO Frank May said. “Health care reform is upon us, and we want to help individuals and community businesses understand the ramifications of the changes that are coming.”

The lunch is free for Steamboat Chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Lunch is provided by Colorado Mountain College catering. Find event registration information at www.steamboat-chamber.com.

The series continues Dec. 13 with the Affordable Care Act’s impact on businesses and Jan. 17 with a presentation about integrated and mental health.

Christmas tree permits are on sale in Meeker

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on Bureau of Land Management lands within designated areas of the White River Field Office now are on sale, according to a press release.

Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased between 7:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St. in Meeker, Mondays through Fridays. Permits also are available at the Rio Blanco County Clerk Office in Rangely. 

Pinyon pines and junipers are the only types of trees that may be cut. The BLM allows three permits per household at a time to be purchased for family and friends for personal use.

Maps of designated cutting areas can be found at www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html or at the White River Field Office. Maps also are available when purchasing permits. 

BLM recommends bringing along a handsaw, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets.

Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths. Weather and road conditions can change quickly. Four-wheel drive vehicles equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are recommended for all cutting areas.

For more information, call the BLM information desk at 970-878-3800.

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.

Bird walk area at ranch is open year-round

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, located 3 miles east of downtown Hayden, is one of two local sites protected by The Nature Conservancy in Colorado and designated as Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society. The other site near Hayden is the 329-acre Yampa River Preserve, which is open to the public year-round for birding, fishing and hiking. The preserve includes one of the largest remaining examples of a rare riparian forest dominated by narrow leaf cottonwood, box elder and red osier dogwood, according to The Nature Conservancy.

For questions about the birding walks, call Betsy Blakeslee, Carpenter Ranch facilities manager, at 970-276-4626. More information about the Carpenter Ranch and the Yampa River Preserve can be found by searching The Nature Conservancy website at www.nature.org.

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