Craig briefs: Sign language classes set to launch in Craig

For those interested in learning sign language, an eight-week class is slated to start from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1050 Yampa Ave. The instructor is deaf, so this is an opportunity to learn from a native signer. The book “Learning American Sign Language” by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden is recommended. The cost is $50. This class is not suitable for small children. For more information, call 970-589-7108 or email allears12@hotmail.com.

Winter pile burning in Jackson, Grand

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 could begin as early as Jan. 8 and continue through Feb. 20. 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, 970-724-3033.

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, funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.

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