Craig briefs: Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

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Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays throughout the year. As the sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647, or Randy Morton at 970-620-6663.

Horizons hosts Pick a Dish event Thursday

Moffat County Horizons will host its second Pick a Dish fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Eight Craig restaurants will participate in the cooking contest. Each restaurant teams with a client from Horizons to create dishes for the community to sample. Tickets are $15 per person, and kids 12 and younger are free. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available along with door prizes and live music by John Allen. For more information, call Michael Toothaker at 970-824-7804.

Sunday is last day for sage grouse tours

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Conservation Colorado and its partners — Rocky Mountain Wild, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado — are offering an opportunity to look at mating greater sage grouse during guided viewing tours in Northwest Colorado through Sunday.

For thousands of years, sage grouse have returned to their traditional breeding grounds to perform a dramatic and complex dance as they compete for mates. Watching male sage grouse spread his spiked tail feathers and pop his large air sacs is a treat for birdwatchers.

CPW provides a viewing trailer for the guided tour so that people can sit inside and not disturb the grouse on the lek.

The public is reminded that locations are remote. Parents with young children or anyone with special needs are asked to inquire about accommodations by contacting Sasha Nelson at sasha@conservationco.org.

For dates, times, information and to reserve your spot, visit www.conservationco.org and click on “Sage Grouse Tours.”

Community calendar is online, in print

The Craig Daily Press has a robust and thorough community calendar that can be found on page 5 of the Craig Daily Press or online at CraigDailyPress.com/events. Check out the newspaper’s calendar for your event needs. If you’d like to submit a calendar event, email your listing to editor@CraigDailyPress.com, or call 970-875-1790.

Sen. Udall promotes fire department grants

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., encourages Colorado’s fire departments to apply for competitive grants to help them meet their firefighting and emergency response needs and better protect Colorado communities, according to a release from the senator’s office.

Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program gives Colorado fire departments the chance to compete for a portion of $32 million to more effectively protect communities from the threat of fire. This Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funds projects that reach high-risk populations and that decrease rates of injuries and deaths caused by fires.

To request a letter of support on behalf of an application, fire departments should call Udall’s regional office nearest them. Call Mike Saccone at 202-224-4334.

Free carpool matching service available online

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release.

Organizers hope the website, www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

Driving under effects of marijuana is illegal

As new laws based on Amend-ment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Recent changes that loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults 21 and older do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.

All CSP troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.

Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers.  The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency’s ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.

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