Craig Briefs: Sheriff’s office to lift Stage 1 fire restrictions

Stage 1 fire restrictions are scheduled to be lifted Tuesday, because of a change in the weather and that fact that no human-caused fires have been reported, said Sgt. Todd Wheeler, of Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

He credits the decision to his confidence that Moffat County residents will continue to be responsible with fire safety.

“People have been very cooperative,” he said.

There were no human-caused fires or campfires over Labor Day Weekend, and overall, residents have demonstrated extreme caution, he said. Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said the restrictions in place have been a major factor in deterring wildfires.

“This proactive stance we have made has been instrumental in” fire prevention, he said. Wheeler said they possibly will reconsider lifting the restrictions if too many fires break out, limiting resources, or if severe lightning storms come through. Residents should still use caution, especially in the Western Moffat County because of dry conditions, Wheeler said.

Stage 1 fire restrictions were enacted by the Sherrif’s Office on July 2, just before the Fourth of July.

Fate of Luttrell Barn in Craig is up for debate

Representatives from the Save the Luttrell Barn group asked Moffat County Commissioners to hold off on making any final decisions about the barn for at least 180 days while the group determines how much it would cost to get it up and running again.

The barn was stable and worth preserving because of its historical value and potential for community enrichment, Pam Foster said.

“When (a building) can be used for community good, then they’re worth saving,” she said.

Dave DeRose said it could be a cultural center for the town, attracting theater groups and providing an extra space for community groups to meet and host events.

The county commissioners agreed to give the group the 180 days, but Commissioner Tom Mathers said he was sure that sort of project would gouge the county.

“In my book, bottom line is: dollars,” Mathers said.

McDonald’s to give free breakfast for students

McDonald’s announced that it will be giving a free breakfast to kindergarteners through eight-graders from 6 to 9 a.m. today. In an effort to help showcase the importance of a good breakfast for students, McDonald’s will provide a free Egg McMuffin or Egg White Delight McMuffin and milk or Minute Maid orange juice to children 15 and younger accompanied by a parent/guardian, according to a press release.

Craig doctor ordered to be held without bond

Joel Miller, 55, of Craig, appeared in U.S. District Court in Grand Junction on Tuesday for a detention hearing, according to a press release. Following arguments by the defense as well as arguments for detention by the government, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon P. Gallagher ordered Miller to be held without bond, citing that Miller is a flight risk, the release said. 

Miller was earlier arrested on charges of health care fraud, money laundering and distributing/dispensing controlled substances. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Rocky Mountain Nature Association event slated

Rocky Mountain National Park experiences many changes as summer comes to an end and autumn arrives.

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association said that the arrival of fall also marks the beginning of the elk rut in Rocky Mountain National Park, which showcases elk mating behavior, such as sparring, bugling, posturing and herding.

For a closer look into this ritual, join the Rocky Mountain Field Seminars Program on an Elk Expedition: Educational Adventure by Bus. Tours begin Sept. 12, and will occur every Thursday through Saturday until Oct. 19 and will last from 5 p.m. to dusk. throughout the course of the tour, participants will gain a more comprehensive understanding of the elk rut, have an opportunity to observe elk mating behavior with the park and be able to see and touch an elk skull, antler and fur. All expeditions will be led by an experienced naturalist, according to a press release.

For more information on elk tours or other classes offered this fall, contact the Rocky Mountain Nature Association at 970-586-3262 or online at www.rmna.org.

Humane Society lowers adult pet adoption fee

The Humane Society of Moffat County has lowered its animal adoption cost to $75, which includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and a feline leukemia test. The cost to adopt kittens and puppies remains $115.

Construction project continues on Colo. 13

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker and north of Rifle is taking place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22. The project will widen the road’s shoulders to 8 feet, add guardrails and new drainage pipes, and increase sight distance for motorists, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of October. No detours are planned, and motorists can expect to encounter alternating lanes of traffic and delays as much as 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the work zone, and loads of more than 14 feet won’t be allowed.

The $6.7 million project is funded by the state’s FASTER legislation. The contractor on the project is Old Castle United Companies. For more information, call the project hotline at 970-878-7107 or email SH13meeker@publicinfoteam.com.

County seeks to address residents’ unmet needs

The Moffat County Collaborative Council for Children and Families is seeking input from parents to identify the community’s unmet needs for children and families.

The mission of the council is to improve the safety and well-being of Moffat County children and families through collaboration and education with families, the community and stakeholders.

Parents can access the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/mocofamilies. Participants are asked to complete only one survey per family. Input from spouses and children is encouraged.

CDOT reminds drivers about wildlife crossings

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to beware of 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 this summer to do what the CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, numerous other agencies and wildlife advocates always have recommended.

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