Craig briefs: Island Park, Rainbow Park roads open following repairs |

Craig briefs: Island Park, Rainbow Park roads open following repairs

Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Mark Foust announced the Island Park and Rainbow Park roads are now open. The roads had been closed due to severe winter storm damage.

Temporary repairs were made to provide access to the Rainbow Park campground and boat launch, as well as McKee Springs Petroglyphs and the Ruple Ranch area.

Monument staff and engineers from the Federal Highway Administration are working on a plan to provide a longer term solution to minimize the potential for future washouts.

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CDOT encourages residents to give blood, buckle up

On July 13, 2012, Colorado resident Dan Richmond was only a half mile from home, driving his truck to pick up his pregnant wife and bring her to a wedding rehearsal. He was hit head-on by another vehicle, and his injuries from the crash were so grave that doctors had to use 121 units of donated blood to save his life, stated a Colorado Department of Transportation news release.

As part of April as National Donate Life Month, the Colorado Department of Transportation, DaVita and Bonfils Blood Centers hosted a blood drive to raise awareness of the need for blood donations, while encouraging Coloradans to reduce that need by buckling up.

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"There are no words to actually describe my thanks to the individuals who donated blood," Richmond said in a statement. "Think about the person sitting next to you, think about yourself, think about a family member — events happen that are completely beyond your control. You're going to give someone much like me the opportunity to see their kids grow up."

It can take more than 100 units of blood for doctors to save a single car crash victim, and most often, it's unbuckled crashes that inflict the most serious trauma. Seatbelt use in Colorado is among the lowest in the country — ranking 39th in seatbelt use nationwide — while traffic fatalities have increased 24 percent in the past two years. This makes the existing need for blood and tissue donations even more important.

Bonfils, Colorado's largest blood center, reports that, every week, Colorado needs more than 3,000 volunteer donors to ensure an adequate blood supply is ready at all times to care for crash victims, surgery patients, cancer and blood disorder patients and other medical needs. That's more than 425 donations per day.

In 2016, on average, one unbuckled person died almost every other day on Colorado roadways.

According to American Association of Blood Banks, less than 10 percent of eligible U.S. population donates blood annually in Colorado and nationwide.

CDOT's 2017 Beware of the Beltless seat belt safety campaign is now on, and CDOT recommends that Colorado residents donate blood and buckle up.

The Beware of the Beltless campaign was launched to address the seatbelt crisis in Colorado. The campaign raises awareness about exactly how an unbuckled person poses a risk to themselves, other people in the vehicle and even those outside the vehicle. Learn more about Beware of the Beltless at or download creative from the Beware of the Beltless campaign at

Prescribed burns slated for 3 area counties

Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning to conduct prescribed fires on Bureau of Land Management lands in the coming weeks when conditions warrant.

The 350-acre Dry Gulch Prescribed Fire is planned 11 miles southwest of Kremmling along Trough Road in Eagle and Grand counties. In Moffat County, the 481-acre Seven Springs Prescribed Fire is planned six miles west of Greystone in the Douglas Mountain area. The 500-acre Teepee Prescribed Fire, also in Moffat County, is planned four miles southeast of Greystone in the Douglas Mountain area.

"We will only ignite these prescribed fires if conditions are ideal for safe, effective burns, as well as for good smoke dispersal away from area communities," said Toni Toelle, supervisory fire management specialist for the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit.

For more information, contact the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center at 970-826-5037.

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