Craig briefs: Moffat County schools have no class Monday
October 13, 2013
Moffat County School District students will not have school today. They do not have to attend because of a teacher in-service and training day.
Former Craig resident will sign books Tuesday
Former Craig resident Ryan Mitchel Collins will be signing copies of his new book, "Everyone Dies Alone," from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. The book is a collection of short stories about multiple topics. For more information, call 970-824-5343.
Crabfest draws large crowd with food, laughs
The 2013 Crabfest went off without a hitch Saturday, as more than 100 people packed the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to enjoy crab, bid on silent and live auction items and enjoy entertainment by Colorado comedian Sam Adams. Adams had the crowd roaring with laughter, making fun of the president, pop artists and occasionally taking cracks at his 24-year-old son's irresponsible behavior. His last appearance in Craig was in 2010.
The event was sponsored by the Craig Chamber of Commerce with auction items benefiting the Chamber and the Moffat County Visitor Center. Roughly $8,000 in auction items was on display. Volunteers wore red shirts with crab graphics, and first-year volunteers had to wear crab hats with crab claws and legs coming out of their heads.
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Another feature of this year's crabfest was the presence of Quality Plus One Hour Photo staff taking pictures of couples with a tropical scene in the background.
All in all, participants enjoyed the night and left the venue full and happy.
Pumpkins Eats 'n Treats is in Meeker on Oct. 31
On Halloween, the ERBM Recreation and Park District in Meeker will host its annual Pumpkins Eats 'n Treats. It's been a safe destination for trick-or-treaters for the past 10 years, featuring ghostly games, scary storytelling, trick-or-treating and a parade of costumes.
To keep with tradition, parks and rec is asking local businesses to hand out treats to participants. The designated place for businesses to set up a booth/table will be on the courthouse lawn. Participants are encouraged to set up at about 3:45 p.m. For more information, call 970-878-3403.
Fall hunting now is available in Colorado
Colorado is open for fall hunting with more than 23 million acres of public land that are not affected by the federal government shutdown.
Colorado is the only state that offers over-the-counter rifle bull elk licenses for resident and non-resident hunters. The licenses are valid in more than 90 game management units during the second or third rifle seasons.
The second rifle season runs Friday through Oct. 27 and the third rifle season is Nov. 2 through Nov. 10. Colorado has more than 260,000 elk in the state and hunters are important to help manage those large herds. In addition, hunting provides a $1.8 billion boost to the state's economy each fall. State officials have been notified that National Wildlife Refuges in the state and some military installations may be impacted by the shutdown but those lands make up less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal land in the state.
"It's unfortunate that hunters are receiving mixed messages from the federal agencies," said Steve Yamashita, acting director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "While all of the National Forests in Colorado are open, the shutdown has confused sportsmen across the country and we're trying to make sure people get the right information. Colorado is open this hunting season."
Individuals hunting Colorado's public lands are advised that some of the formal campgrounds may be closed or have limited service but dispersed camping is allowed in most areas. Hunters should be prepared to pack out their own trash and bring their own water.
CDOT reminds drivers to watch out for wildlife
The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It's up to motorists this summer to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and numerous other agencies always have recommended and wildlife advocates.
Be aware of fraudulent flood relief efforts
The Craig Police Department is advising citizens to be cautious when donating money to organizations that claim to be collecting funds to help provide relief to the victims of the recent flooding in Colorado, according to a press release. A number of legitimate groups exist that easily can be checked out to insure that they are valid organizations. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are trusted names and the media groups in the Denver area are good sources for information.
One Craig business recently found that their business phone number had been hacked. Customers calling the business immediately were transferred to someone in California that would answer and inform the caller that they were taking donations for Colorado flood victims.
The business notified the phone company, but no further information was obtained that would identify those involved in this activity.
In addition, be cautious of groups that solicit through phone calls and check them out thoroughly before giving any personal information or donations.
If you have any concerns about the group you might be donating to, you also can visit the Colorado Secretary of State's website at http://www.sos.state.co.us/ccsa/CcsaInquiryMain.do to inquire.