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Craig briefs: Libraries announce Thanksgiving closures

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed through Sunday for Thanksgiving.

Local Small Business Saturday set for Nov. 28Local Small Business Saturday set for Nov. 28

Local Small Business Saturday set for Nov. 28

Across the nation, consumers are asked to shop local at small businesses throughout their region. Nov. 28 is Craig's Small Business Saturday. Be sure and get out and support local businesses.

State highway safety improvements on holdState highway safety improvements on hold

State highway safety improvements on hold

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On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced it has completed this year's work for the safety and improvements project on an 11-mile segment of Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne. 

The work is expected to last until mid-July 2017, with a winter break, mid-November through March.

As of Wednesday, construction on Colo. 9 will be suspended for the winter. Some fencing work may be necessary to wrap up the project but is expected to be complete by the end of week of Nov. 30. No traffic impacts are expected through March 2016.

If you have questions, contact the public information team at 970-724-4724 or sh9kremmling@publicinfoteam.comsh9kremmling@publicinfoteam.com. . 

sh9kremmling@publicinfoteam.com

Data shows increase in wildlife-vehicle collisionsData shows increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions

Data shows increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions

Each fall, data shows an increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado highways, according to a news release.

With the first few storms of the season, wildlife have moved down from the high country, as they do each year, and they continue to move to food and water sources, crossing highways along their routes.

A majority of the collisions occur from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and also more difficult to see.

In Colorado, there were 3,960 wildlife-vehicle collisions reported to law enforcement in 2014 (the most recent data), up from 3,437 in 2013 and above the 10-year average of 3,590 (the highest amount of hits reported in one year was 4,013 in 2012). Of the 3,960 WVCs in 2014, 3,667 involved vehicle damage, 287 involved injuries and 6 involved human fatalities, according to CDOT Traffic & Safety Division.

"While CDOT constructs and implements many wildlife mitigation features in our known high-collision areas, there are things motorists can do to further reduce these incidents," CDOT Region 5 Traffic and Safety Engineer Mike McVaugh said in a statement. "Avoiding collisions with wildlife is not always possible, but we can all increase our reaction time by slowing down, especially at night, and being aware of animals near the roadsides."

AAA offers tips to avoid costly collisionsAAA offers tips to avoid costly collisions

AAA offers tips to avoid costly collisions

Collisions with animals can be both dangerous and costly.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, animal collisions result in about 200 human fatalities per year. Last year, AAA Insurance policyholders in Colorado involved in animal-related collisions had an average automobile insurance claim of $4,662.

October, November and December are the worst months for animal collisions.

October and November are especially dangerous during deer mating season.

As the days become shorter, drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk, which are times of high animal activity.

Animals may be more difficult to see as it gets darker earlier.

Indoor pickleball space available to seniorsIndoor pickleball space available to seniors

Indoor pickleball space available to seniors

The Senior Social Center now has an indoor place to play pickleball for the winter. Pickleball is now being played indoors from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. Inquire at the front desk. For more information, email Sue Eschen at ssneschen@yahoo.comssneschen@yahoo.com..

ssneschen@yahoo.com.

Area wildlife zones to remain on corridorsArea wildlife zones to remain on corridors

Area wildlife zones to remain on corridors

According to a news release, the Colorado Department of Transportation traffic met with local law enforcement in Rio Blanco, Moffat and Garfield counties and Colorado State Patrol and will keep several wildlife zones intact on Colorado Highway 13, U.S. Highway 40 and Colorado Highway 82. Moving forward, the zones will maintain the fines doubled signage, but eliminate the nighttime speed limits in the two zones that have them, stated the news release. 

The following zones are being maintained.

■ Colo. 13 mile point 28 to 38.81

■ Colo. 13 mile point 58 to 68

■ Colo. 13 mile point 68 to 88

■ U.S. 40 mile point 93 to 103

■ Colo. 82 mile point 31 to 36

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