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Briefs for June 16

The Colorado River District is holding an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday for the public to walk across the Elkhead Reservoir dam and view the construction work that will raise the dam by 25 feet to almost double the reservoir’s water storage.

Typically the site is off limits to the public for safety reasons.

Visitors are asked to be mindful of safety instructions that will be given at the site. River District personnel will be available to point out work areas and answer questions.

The project is scheduled to be completed by late November and the reservoir will refill during next spring’s runoff. Then, work will begin on improvements to Colorado State Parks facilities.

Members of the public will be able to drive a short distance into the restricted site and will be asked to park about 100 yards from the dam’s western end. Those who want to walk across the dam to see the ongoing work progress will be making about three-quarter-mile trip.

To reach the open house, take Moffat County Road 29 to the main reservoir entrance (which is still marked officially closed). Proceed past the construction trailers on the left to a designated, marked parking area.

Chief: Man in rollover

refuses treatment

The driver of a vehicle involved in a one-car rollover accident Wednesday night refused medical treatment, Craig Fire/Rescue Deputy Chief Bill Johnston said.

The male driver rolled the vehicle at mile marker 93 on Colorado Highway 13, north of Craig, at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. Johnston said the vehicle had Colorado plates.

Johnston said the driver refused medical treatment.

School supplies taken for Auction in the Park

The Craig Downtown Business Association is accepting donations for its annual Auction in the Park to benefit less fortunate children in need of school supplies for the coming school year.

New and nearly new items, as well as cash, are being accepted for the auction to be held at 7 p.m. July 27 at Alice Pleasant Park on Yampa Avenue in downtown Craig. Proceeds from the sale will go toward school supplies for students who cannot afford them.

To donate, call KS Creations at 824-2151.

Head Start accepting applications for 2006-07

The Craig Head Start Preschool is accepting applications for the 2006-07 program year. If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old on Aug. 31, call Marci at 824-5716.

Xcel Energy: Call before you dig

Xcel Energy reminds contractors and homeowners that with the construction and gardening seasons upon us, people need to call before they dig. A phone call can save a life.

Call 1-800-922-1987 three business days before you plan to dig, and a third party contractor for area utilities in Colorado will be notified and will respond to mark the location of local lines. Colorado state law requires residents to wait two working days, not including the day of the call, for the locations to be marked before digging, according to a press release.

Once the site has been marked, contractors should pay close attention to the location of the marks and dig by hand, no closer than 18 inches on either side of the marks.

Xcel Energy deals with potentially dangerous commodities that can heat or cool your home and run your stove or refrigerator, when used properly. However, if work around buried lines is not done cautiously, natural gas and electricity can be very dangerous.

Power and natural gas lines are buried a safe distance beneath the surface of the soil. However, landscaping and erosion can bring them closer to the surface. If you or someone else hits a power or gas line while digging, don’t wait to see what happens, leave the area and call Xcel Energy or 911.

Colorado state law requires that people call before digging. If a person does not call and he damages electrical or natural gas facilities, it is a $5,000 fine for the first offense. If that person commits another offense within 12 months, he can be fined up to $25,000 and then $75,000 for a third incident. A contractor who fails to have the facilities located and damages them can face up to five years in prison if found guilty.