Craig briefs: Local parks may get new playground setups

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Loudy-Simpson and Maybell parks might see some new playground equipment this fall if Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton gets his way.

He’s seeking a Department of Local Affairs grant to fund new equipment for the parks and received county support Tuesday at the Moffat County Board of Commissioners meeting.

The current playground setup at Loudy-Simpson is out of date, Tipton said.

“It’s way past its lifetime. So (Loudy-Simpson) hasn’t had very much attention as far as playgrounds go,” he said.

It’s a $113,000 project, and Tipton will need significant help from DOLA, Moffat County and outside partners. Since the county set aside money for the spruce-up, Tipton is confident they will get approval on the DOLA grant when the response comes in June. That means a new playground could go up as early as August, Tipton said.

Horizons to host Pick a Dish fundraiser April 10

Moffat County Horizons will host its second Pick a Dish fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. April 10 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

This year, eight Craig restaurants will participate in the cooking contest. Each restaurant will team with a client from Horizons to create specialty dishes for the community to sample.

Tickets are $15 per person, and kids 12 and younger are free. A cash bar for 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.

Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss retail pot

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper event from 7 to 7:45 a.m. April 2 at The Memorial Hospital Mountain Café.

This month, General Manager Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will hold a discussion about retail marijuana. The Craig Daily Press recently reported on a Maybell woman who wants to overturn the ban on retail pot cultivation and sales in Moffat County so that she can reap the financial benefits from cannabis.

The newspaper invites anyone from the public who would like to weigh in on the topic. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Sage grouse tours offered in March, April

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 get a look at mating greater sage grouse during guided viewing tours in Northwest Colorado from Friday through April 13.

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.

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 the locations are remote and primitive. 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.”

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