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Craig Briefs: Craig Rotary looking for nominations for annual award

Rotary Club of Craig is seeking nominations for its annual Humanitarian Award.

The Bill & Nancy Muldoon Humanitarian Award was created to recognize outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to the promotion of human welfare and the advancement of social reforms and whose accomplishments are consistent with the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.

Bill and Nancy Muldoon have dedicated a big portion of their lives to helping people all across the world through their service with Rotary International, with projects in Russia, Mexico, Nicaragua, South Africa, Turkey and Egypt, as well as service projects in Craig and Colorado.

Local residents who would like to suggest possible candidates for the honor can pick up a form at the Craig Daily Press or email the following information to jbird@cookchevrolet.com:

• Name of nominee

• Address

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• City

• State

• ZIP code

• Telephone number

• Email address

• Name of person/group nominating this individual

• What characteristics make this nominee exceptional?

• Describe the nominee's humanitarian service.

• How does this service benefit individuals within the community, region, country or world?

Nominations are due Jan. 9, and the recipient will be announced during Diamonds & Spurs on Jan. 24.

Gas prices continue to fall

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 13.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.19 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has fallen 9.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28 per gallon, according to gasoline price website http://www.gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 92.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 62.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 50.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 100.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"The dramatic decline at the pump continues to reap significant savings for the motoring public — over $525 million less spent every day versus this past summer, or $375 million less than the same time last year," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. "The slump in crude oil has wavered slightly and we’re in the fourth quarter of the game. However, there is still a chance that crude prices resume their slump again, and carry the pump plunge into overtime,” DeHaan said.

Antler collection restricted in winter

Gunnison — To minimize disturbance to animals during winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds those who collect big-game shed antlers of the special regulations in the Gunnison Basin that restrict when antlers can be collected from public lands.

In the Gunnison Basin, where antler-shed collecting is popular, two regulations are in place on public lands in big game management units 54, 55, 551, 66 and 67. Collection of shed antlers is prohibited on public lands within those units through March 14. From March 15 through May 15, shed antler collection is prohibited from legal sunset to 10 a.m.

The regulations also are aimed at preventing disruption of Gunnison sage grouse during their mating period in the early spring.

“Wildlife must expend a lot of energy to survive the winter; big game animals can lose 30 percent of their body weight,” J Wenum, area wildlife manager for CPW in Gunnison, said in a press release. “The less disturbance the better the chance that they’ll make it through the winter.”

Those who violate the special regulations can be fined $70, be assessed five penalty points against their hunting and fishing privileges and any antlers collected will be confiscated. Harassing wildlife is also illegal under state statute and can result in additional fines.

“These regulations have been in place for several years, so collectors should know about them, no one can plead ignorance,” Wenum said.

Collectors are advised to consult official sunset tables and to obtain accurate maps of the areas. Anyone who has questions about the regulations can contact the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Gunnison. Collectors and other recreationists also should be aware that in order to protect Gunnison sage grouse leks, the Bureau of Land Management and Gunnison County close numerous roads throughout the basin to motorized travel during the winter and early spring.

Gates are locked and a notice is posted at those locations. To learn about road closures or to report road closure violations, call the BLM at 970-642-4940, the U.S. Forest Service at 970-641-0471 or Gunnison County at 970-641-8201.

Anyone who sees people collecting antlers during closure hours or who suspects other wildlife violations is asked to call the Gunnison Parks and Wildlife office at 970-641-7060.

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