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Craig briefs: Investigation: Bear not responsible for injuries

Wildlife officers from Grand Junction completed their investigation of a reported bear attack and mauling on the Grand Mesa Saturday evening, concluding that the injuries to the individual were not caused by a bear, according to a news release.

The man, a hunter in his late 60s, was parked on his ATV on Forest Service Road 105, above Powderhorn Ski Resort, when he said a bear approached and attacked, causing him to drive over a small cliff into large rocks below. The crash resulted in extensive, but non-life threatening, injuries.

"We investigated this incident thoroughly over the last three days, including the use of specially trained dogs from the USDA's Wildlife Services, examination of the injuries, and forensic crime scene examination and we found conclusive evidence that a bear did not attack this individual," Colorado Parks and Wildlife Area Wildlife Manager JT Romatzke said in a statement. "This individual is certain that he saw a bear. We are not discounting that he saw something that caused him to react."

Romatzke said that some of the initial media reports that a bear had attacked and mauled the individual, were based on law enforcement scanner traffic and proved to be premature. 

"People get very concerned about wildlife conflicts, and it is not helpful to cause unneeded alarm," Romatzke said. "Just like a typical crime scene, all possible conflicts with wildlife require extensive investigation to come to accurate, factual conclusions. It's important for the public to get the right information, especially when it comes to issues that potentially affect their safety."

The hunter's name is not being released.

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The Craig Daily Press has been 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 that the paper move the home delivered rural subscribers north and east of Craig to that postal route immediately.

We hope all customers are happy with this move and apologize for the suddenness of it. Those with concerns about this move, to call Circulation Manager Gary Cole at 970-824-2600. Thank you for your continued patronage and subscriptions.

Eclipse Watch Party to take place Sunday

An Eclipse Watch Party, hosted by astronomer Jimmy Westlake, Colorado Mountain College's SKY Club and the Steamboat Today, will be held Sunday at CMC's Alpine campus.

The indoor program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Allbright Family Auditorium.

Westlake, who writes the popular "Celestial News" column for Steamboat Today and the Craig Daily Press, will present a program titled "Shadows in Space" about eclipses.

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Drop-in cardiovascular, diabetes tests offered

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is recognizing World Heart Day with free drop-in cardiovascular and diabetes screenings from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St., according to a news release.

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State gas prices decrease by 8.6 cents per gallon

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado fell 8.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.54 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

That compares with the national average, which has fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.29 per gallon, according to gasoline price website gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Tuesday were 98.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 30.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 34.1 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 104.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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Applications for holiday artisans market ready

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. Deadline for applications is Oct. 23. For more information and to request the online application, send an email to yampavalleyartisans@gmail.com 

18th annual contest celebrates agriculture

The 18th annual "Colorado … it's AgriCultural" photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state's agricultural heritage, according to a news release.

Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by Dec. 31. All photographs must be taken in the 2015 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture. Prizes will be awarded in five subject areas: agritourism, crops, livestock, people and open professional. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter, however, professionals may only enter agriculture-related photographs in the "open professional" category.

Judging will be based on theme, creativity and technical quality. The photographer whose photo best depicts the "spirit" of Colorado agriculture will get $150, and category winners will get a "Colorado … it's AgriCultural" prize pack. All winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and will be showcased at coloradoagriculture.com.

Visit coloradoagriculture.com/aginsights, or call 303-869-9174 for complete contest rules and an entry form. The contest is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the AgInsights Committee and Northeastern Junior College.

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