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Craig briefs: Festival of Trees kicks off Nov. 30 at courthouse

The fourth annual Festival of Trees, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, begins Nov. 30 and will fill the second floor of the Moffat County Courthouse with festively decorated Christmas trees.

The decorative displays will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 30 and ending Jan. 8. Throughout the festival, hosts will offer special activities such as hayrides, hot cocoa, music and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Days with special activities are Dec. 10, 12 and 17.

Man sent to hospital due to rollover FridayMan sent to hospital due to rollover Friday

Man sent to hospital due to rollover Friday

A rollover accident on Colorado Highway 13 sent one man to The Memorial Hospital in the early hours of Saturday.

At about midnight Friday, Michael Myler, 33, of Craig, rolled his 2006 Dodge pickup truck near mile marker 110 of Colo. 13 while driving south.

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Myler sustained minor injuries and was taken to TMH as a precautionary measure.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash, but Colorado State Patrol — which responded along with Craig Fire/Rescue — determined that Myler was traveling at an excessive speed along the snowy highway.

With winter weather hitting Northwest Colorado more and more, it's important for drivers to take the conditions into consideration before going out on the road, said CSP Sgt. Kirk Gardner.

"With the snowfall, people need to slow their speeds down and allow more time for travel," he said.

Senior Social Center to hold potluck TuesdaySenior Social Center to hold potluck Tuesday

Senior Social Center to hold potluck Tuesday

The Senior Social Center will host a November birthday potluck meal at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Roomoom 200 of the Bell Tower building.

Coffee, newspaper to discuss school boardCoffee, newspaper to discuss school board

Coffee, newspaper to discuss school board

The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. Wednesday. December's topic will address the newly elected Moffat County Board of Education members and what their thoughts are looking at the year ahead. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788. 

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags to be loweredGov. Hickenlooper orders flags to be lowered

Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags to be lowered

On Saturday, Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags be lowered to half-staff immediately on all public buildings statewide as a mark of respect for the victims of the shootings in Colorado Springs. Flags should remain lowered until further notice, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Senior Social Center open 5 days per weekSenior Social Center open 5 days per week

Senior Social Center open 5 days per week

Craig's Senior Social Center is open five days per week, offering a variety of activities each day, according to a news release from Senior Social Center Program Coordinator Jackie Camp. She outlined the following activities taking place this week (all activities are held at the Bell Tower room 200):

■ 6:30 p.m. Monday: After a very short monthly membership meeting, the group will have a "Christmas Carol" sing-along with Anne Carr who will play the center's donated piano. Camp will bring her violin as an accompaniment. Hot chocolate and hot spiced cider will accompany the joyous singing.

■ 11:30 a.m. Tuesday: A birthday potluck will be held for those who have birthdays in November.

■ 1:30 p.m. Thursday: The center will show the movie Miracle on 34th Street.

■ 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday: Tammy Workman will teach a Circuit Training class. The class is offered each Friday.

Additionally, the center has treadmills, recumbent bikes, weights and bands available for use. The equipment is available 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Thurday availability is noon to 4 p.m. The exercise equipment will not be available is while the movie is running. For more information, call Camp at 970-326-3188.

I-70 travel information is back for motorists I-70 travel information is back for motorists 

I-70 travel information is back for motorists 

The Colorado Department of Transportation is expanding its live streaming Mountain Travel Radio service on cotrip.org to help motorists better navigate Interstate 70 this winter, according to a CDOT news release.

The radio service is apart of CDOT's Change Your Peak Drive winter driving campaign. The service provides motorists with the most accurate and up-to-date travel information, road conditions and more, stated the news release.

The live broadcast will regularly air Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons, and on Monday holidays.

With major changes to the Mountain Corridor, namely the implementation of the Traction Law and the launch of the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, Mountain Travel Radio will be a key communication avenue for I-70 travelers to learn up-to-the-minute road conditions.

"Conditions along the I-70 Mountain Corridor change extremely quickly, and doing a live broadcast is one of the best ways to inform motorists and keep them updated with the most accurate info," CDOT Director of Communications Amy Ford said in a statement.

Colorado gains drug experts through CDOTColorado gains drug experts through CDOT

Colorado gains drug experts through CDOT

According to a news release, 18 law enforcement agencies across Colorado gained the support and skills to keep our roadways safe from drug-impaired drivers.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is graduating 24 new Drug Recognition Experts from a training program hosted by the Fountain Police Department. The nine-day Drug Recognition Expert Training included officers from the Fountain Police Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County, three Colorado State Patrol troops and others. The training was facilitated by the Central Mountain Training Foundation.

The graduation ceremony will take place at the Fountain Police Department. The Colorado DRE program was founded in 1987 and is administered and funded by CDOT. The program trains peace officers to detect and articulate the signs, symptoms and indications of drugs other than alcohol in subjects arrested for Driving Under the Influence or other offenses.

Colorado's legalization of marijuana makes DREs a more valuable resource to an agency than ever before.

There are currently 227 DREs in Colorado from 62 agencies. To become a Colorado DRE candidate, a Colorado peace officer must have support from the agency's chief or sheriff to attend the entire training and successfully complete the approved Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and the classroom format Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

For more information about the Colorado DRE program, visit codot.gov/safety/dre.

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Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child's birthday party, submit them to editor@CraigDailyPress.com.

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo, along with the date and place it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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