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Craig Briefs: Fire west of Elk Springs 50 percent contained

Fire west of Elk Springs 50 percent containedFire west of Elk Springs 50 percent contained

Fire west of Elk Springs 50 percent contained

As of late Thursday afternoon, the Wolf Fire, 10 miles west of Elk Springs in Moffat County, was 50 percent contained.

There are no injuries or threatened structures reported.

According to Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit spokesperson Lynn Barclay, the fire was sparked by a lightning strike Wednesday afternoon and was estimated to cover 190 acres as of Thursday morning.

Primary responders included Artesia Fire Protection District, based in Dinosaur, Moffat County Sheriff's Department and Bureau of Land Management. On Thursday, firefighters from the Dinosaur National Monument and the Craig Hotshot crew joined BLM engines in suppressing the fire.

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Barclay said the fire is burning in a dense area of sagebrush, grass, pinyon pine and juniper trees.

"They are what we call continuous fuel, which means they're pretty thick," she said. "And so that's why the fire is moving through it — it's not running into a lot of patchy areas."

Artesia Fire Protection District responded with two engines, Moffat County sent one and BLM sent another two. Engines have three to four firefighters this time of year, Barclay said.

"A lot of folks that fill out our seasonal fire crews have gone back to school or whatever," she said.

Community Christmas choir seeks participantsCommunity Christmas choir seeks participants

Community Christmas choir seeks participants

The Community Interfaith Christmas Choir will be practicing for their Christmas Choir Concert at 6 p.m. every Sunday until Dec. 6 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. All are welcome and the group is seeking participants. The free community concert is at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. The LDS church is located at Ninth Street and Finley Lane.

Art/photography show signup deadline todayArt/photography show signup deadline today

Art/photography show signup deadline today

Today is the last day to enter the Best of Moffat County Art & Photography Show. The show will be held at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in November and December. For more information, call 970-824-6360, visit museumnwco.org  or email mdunn@moffatcounty.net for an entry form.

BLM opens new trail on Emerald MountainBLM opens new trail on Emerald Mountain

BLM opens new trail on Emerald Mountain

The Ridge/Beall Trailhead is now open at the Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area located in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release.

The Trailhead, which is located one mile off County Road 33 on County Road 45, was built through a partnership with the city of Steamboat Springs and the 2A Trails Committee Accommodations Tax to provide parking, kiosk and a vault toilet.

The vault toilet was destroyed by documented vandalism Sept. 10 leaving no toilet facilities on site until a replacement is built. 

For more information, visit blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/lsfo/programs/recreation/mtn_biking.html.

Phone scam targets YVEA customersPhone scam targets YVEA customers

Phone scam targets YVEA customers

Yampa Valley Electric Association is warning its customers in Northwest Colorado about a phone scam that has targeted customers in Craig.

Someone posing as the electric cooperative has reportedly called customers in Craig and demanded they provide a credit card number to pay their electric bill within 30 minutes or their service would be shut off.

YVEA spokeswoman Tammi McKenzie said the electric cooperative does not make calls of this nature, and members should not give out their credit card information on the phone.

McKenzie said most of the calls associated with the scam have originated in Craig, but YVEA is advising all of its customers about the calls in the event the scam spreads.

This isn't the first time scammers have tried to pose as YVEA to get money from customers.

In 2013, scammers contacted residents and businesses and threatened to disrupt their electric service if they did not buy a MoneyPak prepaid card.

Delivery methods to change for rural routesDelivery methods to change for rural routes

Delivery methods to change for rural routes

The Craig Daily Press is moving toward putting all rural subscribers onto postal routes for reliability, safety for carriers and cost effectiveness.

Last week, an emergency loss of a carrier made it imperative the paper move the home delivered rural subscribers north and east of Craig to that postal route immediately.

The Daily Press hopes all customers are happy with this move and apologize for the suddenness. Those with concerns can call Circulation Manager Gary Cole at 970-824-2600. The Daily Press thanks customers for their continued patronage and subscriptions.

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Applications available for artisans market

The 2015 Holiday Artisans Market is set for Dec. 4 and 5. Artisans from Northwest Colorado are encouraged to apply for space at the event. The deadline for applications is Oct. 23. For more information or to request the online application, email yam

pavalleyartisans@gmail.com.

Paper welcomes reader photo submissionsPaper welcomes reader photo submissions

Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

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

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear, 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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