Craig briefs: Sen. Bennet to visit Hayden on Thursday

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Sen. Bennet to visit Hayden on Thursday

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., will be in Hayden at 4 p.m. Thursday to talk about the farm bill recently signed into law by the president. He will answer questions about the new bill and would like to hear input about a variety of initiatives as they pertain to agriculture. The meeting will be held at The Haven Community Center at 300 S. Shelton Lane. RSVP by emailing rsvp3@

bennet.senate.gov or calling 970-433-1361.

State of the County to take place Friday

State of Moffat County, State of the City and State of the Chamber take place at 6 p.m. Friday at the Clarion Inn & Suites. This year’s keynote speaker is Colorado Hospital Association President Steven Summer.

A variety of business awards also will be distributed during the event. Cocktails will be at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 for chamber members and $50 for nonmembers. To register, visit www.craig-cham

ber.com or call Christina Oxley at 970-824-5689.

Gas prices on the rise in Craig, across Colorado

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado jumped 12.3 cents per gallon in the past week and averaged $3.31 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average, which has increased 5 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.34 per gallon, according to gasoline price website www.gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices on Sunday were 17.5 cents lower per gallon than the same day a year ago and are 12.4 cents higher per gallon than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.1 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 34.3 cents per gallon lower than this day a year ago.

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 Management 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 death caused by fires.

“Our firefighters and first responders put everything on the line to keep us safe, which is why we must make sure they have the resources they need to protect Coloradans’ lives and homes,” Udall said in the release. “These competitive grants, which I’m proud Colorado fire departments have secured in recent years, help local fire departments fill in the gaps in their budgets and ensure they’re able to protect the most vulnerable. Fire departments across Colorado should apply for this support so they have all the resources necessary to respond to emergencies in their communities.”

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

Smoke to be visible from winter pile burns

KREMMLING — Smoke may be visible near the towns of Granby and Rand this winter as crews from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit burn slash piles generated from Bureau of Land Management forest management and fuel reduction projects, according to a press release.

Burning is expected to continue through Thursday. Crews will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread.

Slash piles typically are burned in the winter when the chance of the fires spreading is low.

For more information about these projects, call Kevin Thompson at 970-724-3033.

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