Craig briefs: No free pumpkins at Homemaker Furnishings

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Because of drought conditions and severe hailstorms, Homemaker Furnishings, of Craig, will not be able to give away free pumpkins this October. For the past six years, Homemaker Furnishings has provided free pumpkins to residents of Craig, Meeker, Rangely and Baggs, Wyo. Typically, the company hands out about 1,800 pumpkins each year. The company is disappointed it will not be able to provide pumpkins this year but plans to continue its efforts in October 2014.

Fall hunting now is available in Colorado

Colorado is open for fall hunting with more than 23 million acres of public land.

Colorado is the only state that offers over-the-counter rifle bull elk licenses for resident and nonresident hunters. The licenses are valid in more than 90 game management units during the second or third rifle seasons.

The second rifle season runs Friday through Sunday and the third rifle season is Nov. 2 through 10. Colorado has more than 260,000 elk in the state and hunters are important to help manage those large herds. In addition, hunting provides a $1.8 billion boost to the state’s economy each fall.

Colorow Mountain area is open to public, hunters

After the completion of a land swap between Colorado Parks and Wildlife and ExxonMobil, the Colorow Mountain State Wildlife Area near Meeker now is open to hunters, outdoor recreationists and the general public, according to a press release.

The agency is encouraging everyone to enjoy the newest addition to the nearly 350 state wildlife areas across Colorado. The properties typically are purchased with revenue generated from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses. Colorow Mountain State Wildlife Area was acquired by exchange under terms negotiated by Parks and Wildlife and ExxonMobil. 
Under state law, Parks and Wildlife is required to manage the areas for the benefit of wildlife.




The acquisition not only opened up new lands to hunting and recreation, it also allows access to several sections of Bureau of Land Management land north of Colorow Mountain State Wildlife Area.
Under the terms of the exchange, ExxonMobil received more than 900 acres of Parks and Wildlife land located adjacent to Rio Blanco County Road 5 known as the Square S hayfields. In return, Parks and Wildlife received more than 1,500 acres that constitute the new wildlife area located north of U.S. Highway 64 and Rio Blanco Lake State Wildlife Area, northwest of Meeker.
Colorow Mountain SWA will be managed for off-highway and conventional passenger vehicles. In addition, a portion is limited to foot and horseback only. Camping will be allowed in designated areas, and visitors are asked to follow all regulations, which can be found at www.cpw.state.co.us and on signs posted on the property.

Be aware of fraudulent flood relief solicitations

The Craig Police Department is advising citizens 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.

Craig Lions Club will sell Christmas trees this year

Christmas trees will be for sale starting Dec. 1 in the parking lot on the west side of McDonald’s on West Victory Way. For more information, call Jane Hume at 970-640-5194.

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