Craig Briefs: TMH seeking members for foundation’s board

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The Memorial Hospital Foundation announced that it is seeking volunteers to serve on the foundation’s board of directors. The TMH Foundation has been instrumental in helping fund capital projects for The Memorial Hospital. Recent fundraising accomplishments include:

■ $50,000 from Caring For Colorado Foundation

■ $50,000 from Peabody Energy

■ $20,000 from Trapper Mining Inc.

■ $15,000 from El Pomar Foundation

In addition to these sizeable grants, the TMH Foundation also has contributed to the health and well-being of our children including donating hundreds of bicycle helmets that were distributed at schools in the community and the TMH Back to School Health Fair.

The Foundation is looking for community members from all sectors who are interested in helping build a healthy and vital health care community for the residents of Moffat County and the areas served by The Memorial Hospital.

Submit letters of interest to TMH Foundation, P.O. Box 1203, Craig, CO 81626 or email eva.peroulis@tmhcraig.org. Questions regarding the board vacancies may be directed to Eva Peroulis, TMH Foundation Director, at 970-826-2424.

Project to close part of Stagecoach State Park




Colorado Parks and Wildlife will close the 0.60-mile tailwater section of Stagecoach State Park to all public access beginning Sept. 16 when a scheduled fishery and habitat restoration project is scheduled to begin, according to a press release.

It will remain closed for the remainder of the year.
The public is asked to use caution as heavy equipment and other materials for the project may be moved into the area prior to the closure.


Routt County Road 18 to Sarvis Creek and Pleasant Valley will remain open through the fall, however, parking along the county road is prohibited. Hunters accessing the Blacktail Conservation Easement can find alternate parking locations for the 2013 hunting seasons at the dam parking lot and the C.R. 18 parking lot.  

In addition, hunters may access the Blacktail Mountain Conservation Easement via the Adams State Wildlife Area off C.R. 14.
The Tailwater Restoration Project will restore habitat and improve the overall fishery resource. The project’s goals include creating specific angler access points that will minimize stream bank erosion and preserve the area for future generations.
The cooperative project with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is being funded through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Fishing is Fun Program, Yampa Valley Land Trust, Trout Unlimited, and private donors.


For the latest information about the project, please visit www.parks.state.co.us/Parks/stagecoach/Pages/StagecoachStatePark.aspx, call Stagecoach State Park at 970-736-2436 or call Aquatic Biologist Bill Atkinson at 970-871-2868.

Report: Colorado wheat crop smallest since 2006

USDA announced in its August Crop Production report that the Colorado winter wheat crop is the smallest since 2006. Colorado winter wheat production for 2013 is estimated at 43.5 million bushels, down 59 percent from 73.8 million bushels produced last year, and down 60 percent from the 10-year average crop of 72 million bushels, according to a press release. 

The crop was affected by both continuing drought and late freezes this spring.

Roughly 1.5 million acres of winter wheat were harvested with an average yield of 29 bushels per acre. This compares with 2.2 million acres harvested last year and the 10-year average of 2.1 million acres harvested. 

That is the lowest amount of harvested acres for Colorado since 1965.

Approximately 700,000 acres were totally abandoned and not harvested in Baca, Prowers, Bent, Kiowa and Cheyenne counties due to poor emergence last fall or drought and freeze damage this spring.

Some farmers in the Holly, Cheyenne Wells and Brandon area harvested no wheat at all, some for the first time in their farm history, and some for the first time since the 1950s.

The value of the crop for 2013 dropped to $309 million from $572 million last year.

Food prices should not be affected due to projections of a record corn crop and a record world wheat crop.

County to participate in Philanthropy Days

Online registration now is open for the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference slated for Sept. 25 through 27 at Winter Park Resort. The Northwest region for RPD represents five counties: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt. Event organizers are hoping to expand the turnout this year, hosted every four years in each region throughout the state, according to a press release.

The 2013 theme for RPD is “Making Tracks; Connecting past and building a future.” The events provide trainings for staff and directors; forums with Front Range funders and government representatives about the region’s achievements and challenges; informal networking for face time with funders; capacity building workshops; inspiring speakers; and a new youth track, the release said. Registration includes three days of meals, including a barbecue dinner at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. To learn more, view a complete event agenda and register online at www.northwestrpd.org .

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