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Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper topic is retail vacancies

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. This month, Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will discuss retail vacancies in Craig. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Road, trail inventory available for review

MEEKER — The Bureau of Land Management seeks the public's help in reviewing its road and trail inventory for lands managed by the White River Field Office in Northwestern Colorado, according to a press release from BLM.

"If you use the roads and trails within the White River Field Office, we would like to hear from you," White River Field Manager Kent Walter said in a statement.

Over the next several years, the field office will undertake a comprehensive travel management planning process looking at the roads and trails — collectively called routes — that it manages. The first step is to confirm the route inventory is accurate.

"We are not making any decisions on any routes at this time, just verifying and correcting information," Walter said. "We are asking the public to look at the maps and let us know whether the maps depict the routes accurately, and whether there are roads or trails missing from the maps."

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The field office currently has comprehensive travel route data on 650,000 acres of the

1.5 million-acre field office, including more than 1,833 miles of routes. The BLM will inventory the remainder of the field office this summer.

To review the route inventory, visit the White River Field Office homepage, blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo.html, and click on the Travel and Transportation Management link. This page contains links to the 2014 Travel Route Inventory and information about how to download maps and submit comments. Comments may also be sent to blm_co_wrfo_tmp@blm.gov or by mail to BLM, White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.

Comments on the 2014 inventory will be most helpful if received by May 31. For more information, contact Aaron Grimes, outdoor recreation planner, at 970-878-3837.

Residents reminded to de-winterize their boats

As the spring season emerges and temperatures begin to rise, many parks again open for boating.

Now is the time to properly de-winterize a boat to make sure it is functional before heading out on the water, according to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.



"When nice weekends start popping up, be ready to take advantage," Kris Wahlers, CPW boat program manager, said in a statement. "Instead of using a nice weekend to get the boat ready or worse, get to the lake before finding out you have a problem, get it ready now."



CPW recommends several things to check as you prepare your boat for the boating season.
First, try to drain out any water that may have found its way into your boat during the winter season. This will help avoid the accumulation of mold, rust, and any potential damage to components as temperatures rise.


With water muffs properly installed and working, start your boat at home to make sure it runs. Be careful to keep the water flowing and not let it run long or overheating may result.  It's a lot less embarrassing to have a boat not start in the driveway than on a crowded dock.



Check the battery to see if it can still hold a charge after the cold winter months. This can be done by taking a conventional car battery charger and checking if the battery holds 100 percent of the charge that it is given. If the battery has a full charge and the motor still won't turn on, replace any fuses that may have broken during the winter.



Check fuel lines for cracks/leaks or signs of rodents chewing on them, make sure hoses are connected, check fittings and connections to make sure they are tight, make sure plugs are in good shape and installed before heading out on the water.



Firefighters plan spring prescribed burns

Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are now planning multiple springtime prescribed burns in Mesa, Garfield and Eagle counties, according to a press release.

Prescribed burns reduce fuel loads that have accumulated in areas vulnerable to wildfire.  Fire is a natural process; reintroduction of fire to the ecosystems is beneficial to these areas and the wildlife that live there.  

Several burns are planned to reduce natural fuels and improve wildlife habitat:

■ For the third consecutive year federal firefighters plan a prescribed burn in the Palisade Watershed on the slopes of the Grand Mesa. The objective is to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire. The prescribed fire is planned six miles east of Palisade on the Town of Palisade managed land.  This cooperative project between the BLM and the Town of Palisade will include approximately 180 acres.  

■ The Hay Canyon prescribed fire will include approximately 1,250 acres of oak brush and mountain shrub on BLM public lands located approximately 25 miles north of Fruita in Garfield County. A grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is supporting this project. 

■ The Nick/Bald Mountain prescribed burn will target 200 acres and cleanup on this ongoing multi-year project south of Molina. The goal is to enhance habitat for mule deer and elk along with reducing natural fuels located in the area.

■ The Parker Basin prescribed fire is planned for, 46 acres of BLM and private land south of Molina.   

■ The Sheep Gulch prescribed fire will target 150 acres north of Gypson.

■ The Roaring Fork 1,476 acre prescribed fire is designed to meet wildlife objectives and reduce hazardous fuels on 563 acres of BLM and 913 acres U.S. Forest Service managed lands east of El Jebel.

Fire managers have developed a detailed prescribed fire plan and obtained smoke permits from the State of Colorado for each of the planned burns. Residents may observe smoke during these burns.  

For more information, call Lathan Johnson at 970-244-3120.

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