Craig briefs: Hunter Photo Contest entry deadline Saturday

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Saturday is the last day to submit your hunting photos for the Craig Daily Press’ Hunting Photo Contest. 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. Craig Daily Press needs help judging the photos. On Monday, the newspaper will publish all the photos on its Facebook page. The photo with the most likes by Dec. 20 will win the contest. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Parade of Lights will shine in Craig on Saturday

The Parade of Lights is the annual Christmas parade that kicks off the holiday season in Craig. The Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association partner to sponsor the event. The lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Alice Pleasant Park just before the parade begins. Parade begins at Craig Middle School, travels down Yampa Avenue until turning west on Victory Way, then turning on Ledford Street. Call Karen Brown for more information at 970-824-7898.

Craig Lions Christmas tree sales begin Sunday

The annual Christmas tree sales by Craig Lions Club will begin Sunday in the parking lot to the west of McDonald’s. Trees will cost about $35 to $55 and will range in size from 5 feet to 7 feet tall. The corrals will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call Jim Meineke at 970-824-5098 or Jane Hume at 970-640-5194 to set up appointments for other times.

Closures to protect elk at Emerald start Sunday

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to observe seasonal closures that begin Sunday at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a press release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM’s Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to public entry from Sunday through June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons. This includes the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw. This closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast.

“We saw a number of violations of this closure last winter even though the area was clearly marked. Violating the closure will result in citations and a minimum $175 fine,” BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said. “However, we do want to let people know that the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1.”

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000 or log on to http://on.doi.gov/14Q6KTz.

CDOT: Slow down for wildlife on the move

With the surge in holiday travel, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are reminding motorists that Colorado’s wildlife are on the move. They still are migrating to wintering habitats, which means more wildlife-vehicle collisions on highways.

“As more people travel and make family visits a priority during the holidays, be sure to watch for wildlife,” said Capt. Jeff Goodwin, of the Colorado State Patrol. “Animal-caused crashes rise during this time of the year in some parts of our state, so please be diligent and respectful of wildlife crossing, particularly where signed warnings are in place.”

Updated data for the period from 2003 through 2012 show that wildlife-vehicle collisions were on a slight downward trend since 2006, hovering at or below 3,500 collisions per year. However, 2012 saw those collisions rise to 4,016 for the year.

Wildlife-vehicle collisions happen year-round, 24/7. However, there is always an increase during migration seasons — typically November for fall and June for spring — and the majority occur during the hours between dusk and dawn. These collisions are not only a matter of safety but can be quite costly, as well.

While wildlife near the roadsides can be present nearly anywhere in Colorado, CDOT typically will post static signs (the yellow signs with a jumping deer symbol) in areas where there have been upward of five wildlife-vehicle collisions per mile per year. Travelers this time of year often will see electronic variable message signs with wildlife warnings, as well. And travelers will continue to see roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife crossings, per 2010 legislation.

Janet Sheridan book signing set for Dec. 7

Craig Daily Press columnist Janet Sheridan will be reading from her new book, “A Seasoned Life Lived in Small Towns” at a book signing at the Museum of Northwest Colorado from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7. This is a free event. 

Q-and-A will focus on sustainability training

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is launching a sustainability training course comprised of in-person trainings, webinars and mentored peer-learning sessions for nonprofit organizations to design and implement a sustainable financial model. The training is being offered to eligible nonprofit organizations free of charge and is being funded by Shell Oil. In return, nonprofits accepted into the program must commit to participating in all sessions and the completion of the associated work, which includes creation of a funding plan. Award grants will be distributed to the top four participants at the end of the program. A Q-and-A session will be held at the Craig Chamber at 9 a.m. Friday. Email Erin at erin@yvcf.org for more information.

Bella Voce Chorus is seeking new members

The Bella Voce Chorus members of Sweet Adelines International are searching for women singers in the Craig, Meeker, Steamboat and Baggs areas. The group wants to grow its chorus. Celebrating its 30th year, the Bella Voce Chorus, formerly the “Yampa Valley Chorus” was founded in Craig in 1983. Now led by the group’s new director, Jeana Womble, the women range from 11-year-olds to grandmothers and all are from diverse backgrounds. Women of all ages who enjoy singing are invited to attend the chorus’ weekly rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Craig Middle School auditorium. The internationally renowned Bella Voce Chorus is one of the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up this worldwide organization of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony.

Musical knowledge is not necessary to join — every rehearsal is like a voice lesson. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range. For more information, contact Jeana Womble at 970-824-6472 or gladiam@live.com.

Be aware of fraudulent flood relief, aid efforts

The Craig Police Department is advising residents to be cautious when donating money to organizations that claim to be collecting funds to help provide relief to the victims of the recent flooding in Colorado, according to a press release. A number of legitimate groups exist that easily can be checked out to insure that they are valid organizations. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are trusted names and the media groups in the Denver area are good sources for information.

One Craig business recently found that their business phone number had been hacked. Customers calling the business immediately were transferred to someone in California that would answer and inform the caller that they were taking donations for Colorado flood victims.

The business notified the phone company, but no further information was obtained that would identify those involved in this activity.

In addition, be cautious of groups that solicit through phone calls and check them out thoroughly before giving any personal information or donations.

If you have any concerns about the group you might be donating to, you also can visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.co.us/ccsa/CcsaInquiryMain.do to inquire.

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