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Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss economy

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. July 8 at The Memorial Hospital. July's topic of discussion will surround Moffat County's economy in light of the Colowyo situation. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call Publisher Renee Campbell at 97-875-1788 or Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.

Moffat County Library closures announced

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Friday through Sunday for Independence Day holiday. For more information, call the library at 970-824-7550

Parks, Wildlife to host hunter education class

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a hunter education class Monday to July 11 in Craig at the Moffat County High School Administration Building, located at 775 Yampa Ave.

Students must preregister online at cpw.state.co.us. For more information, call Mike Swaro at 970-942-8275.

Search and Rescue card available to community

The Department of Local Affairs reminds Colorado residents and visitors that if you are planning on participating in the wide variety of outdoor activities our state has to offer, consider the purchase of a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card, according to a press release.  

It is always good to be prepared and having a CORSAR card is a smart investment. For just $3, you are contributing to Colorado's Search and Rescue fund, which will reimburse the experienced rescue teams for the costs they incur when they come to your aid.

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The card is not insurance — search and rescue teams will always help. The CORSAR card provides funding support to county sheriffs' departments statewide to ensure that these teams have the equipment and training to be prepared to help when people are lost and/or injured.

We never know when an accident might happen; lightning, flash flooding, a twisted ankle — are all unexpected incidents. Last year 1,236 search and rescue missions were conducted in Colorado and the cost of these missions are often in the thousands of dollars.

The CORSAR card (and new bumper stickers) are available for $3 for a one-year card, or $12 for a five-year card. They can be purchased at ihelpsearch.org, at colorado.gov/sar, or at more than 300 retailers in the state. (State fishing, hunting and boating license fees already includes the fee.)  

Colorado gas prices stay same as last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.65 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78 per gallon, according to gasoline price website gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices yesterday were 95.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 5.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 3.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 89.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"The national average continued its slow retreat in the last week, but current events with Greece may have some bearing on the market in the week ahead and could put downward pressure on oil prices," Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in a statement. "Much is waiting in the wings in regards to Greece and with the latest round of debt relief talks failing thus far, it may weigh on stocks and commodities in the week ahead. Regardless of Greece, I believe gas prices nationally will eke out a third straight weekly decline- though a negative outcome in the Greece situation stands to enhance the expected downward momentum. Just eleven states saw increases during the last week, leaving 39 that saw a decline- a nice trend as we head towards July 4."

CPW issues boat safety tips: Know before you go

Colorado boat ramps and put-ins open this month around the state. As outdoor enthusiasts prepare to head out onto the water, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has safety tips for boat navigation, boating equipment and getting to know recreational waters before you go.

■ Boat navigation

Remember motorized boats always yield to non-motorized vessels like kayaks, canoes and sailboats under sail. In a head on situation, alter your course by turning right. This sometimes can be easier to see at night because of the green light on an approaching vessel (just like in driving), which means the boater has the right of way. If a red light is visible on the approaching vessel, the boater must give way.

■ Boat equipment

The first thing a boater should check is that they have the right serviceable safety equipment on the boat before going out on the water. During the winter months, some equipment may have become damaged, so check each item.

Motorized boats should carry U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices for each passenger, fire extinguishers, sound producing devices, navigation lights and the correct boat registration with visible CL numbers.

Non-motorized boats are required to have a noise making device.

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