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Craig briefs: Monday morning crash results in horse fatality

A 32-year-old Steamboat Springs woman was cited with careless driving after a crash Monday morning near mile marker 13 on Routt County Road 179.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, the woman was driving a truck towing a trailer containing four horses. Trooper Matt Normandin said the woman reached down to get her coffee and drove over a steep drop-off.

The woman was not injured, but one of the horses died. The other three horses did not appear to be injured.

"Distracted driving is a major contributing factor in crashes in Colorado, and we urge people to be cautious while driving and to drive safely," Normandin said.

Local assistant district attorney leaves office

Assistant District Attorney Han Ng is no longer working for the 14th Judicial District.

When reached last week, District Attorney Brett Barkey said in an email that Ng's departure was "a personnel matter that is not appropriate to discuss publicly."

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Ng could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Ng was second-in-command for the 14th Judicial District, which encompasses Routt, Moffat and Grand counties. Ng was based out of the Grand County office in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Firefighters' Luau Ball to ignite fun Saturday

Craig Fire/Rescue will host the 76th annual Firefighters' Ball and Hawaiian Luau on Saturday night at the O.P. Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way.

The tropical themed festivities begin at 6 p.m. and last until midnight. Attendees are encouraged to wear their most aloha-worthy attire as part of a costume contest, be it a floral shirt and shorts or a grass skirt and coconut brazier. Attractions include music, food, drinks and a limbo contest.

Battalion Chief Steve Lingo said he has been involved with the event for 16 years and it is always great to see people come out and interact with the firefighters.

Tickets are $10 apiece for the luau, which is ages 21 and older, and can be purchased from any Craig firefighter or at the fire station at 419 Yampa Ave. All of the proceeds go to the Craig Fire/Rescue scholarship fund.

The firefighters hope to raise up to $2,500 for their scholarship fund this year through ticket sales and donations, Lingo said.

Wyman Museum to host Science Night on Friday

The Wyman Living History Museum in Craig will host Science Night from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Colorado Northwestern Community College staff will bring telescopes for viewing the moon, planets, stars and other objects in space.

The evening of family fun will also feature activities such as night hikes, flashlight tours of the museum, crafts and explorations of nocturnal animals. Food and hot drinks will be served.

Science night is free and open to the entire community, while drinks and crafts will be on sale. Kids must be accompanied by an adult for the entire event. Bring a flashlight.

For more information, call 970-824-6346.

Grand Futures offers movie nights, pool party

If you think there's nothing for families to do in the coming weeks, you're all wet.

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition will host the Family Dive In Movie this evening at the Craig Pool Complex.

The organization will screen the tropical-themed Disney cartoon "Lilo & Stitch" starting at 8 p.m. for families, who can swim in the lap pool while enjoying the film.

Kids younger than 12 need to have a guardian present, and those younger than 7 should have a guardian with them while in the water. Concessions will be available throughout the night, and admission is $3.

Grand Futures and the pool also will host the annual Splash Party – July 31 for middle school-aged students.

For $5, kids will receive admission to the pool's full facilities from 6 to 8 p.m., while the festivities will include music, food and prizes.

Though unable to reschedule a screening of "The Avengers," Grand Futures will complete its Movie in the Park series with "Cowboys & Aliens" the night of Aug. 11 on the north side of Craig City Park, an event which is free to attend with concessions for sale.

YVMC takes 1st steps to purchase old building

Yampa Valley Medical Center has officially assumed the existing lease for the building at 1295 Victory Way in Craig, which was contracted to Safeway through 2018, according to a news release from YVMC.

It's the first step in purchasing the building. The lease agreement allows YVMC to address basic maintenance issues of the vacant, 37-year-old building.

Next steps include evaluation of required upgrades to change the use of the building from a grocery store to a healthcare clinic. Finalization of the building purchase with the current property owner will follow.

Upon completion of the purchase and renovation of the building, all YampaCare services currently available in Craig will move to this new location. An anticipated opening date has not yet been determined.

Gov. Hickenlooper honors shooting victims

On Tuesday, Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered flags remain at half-staff on all public buildings statewide through Saturday, in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags also were at half-mast until Tuesday in memory of Denver firefighter John Whelan, and should now remain lowered until sunset Saturday, according to the governor's office.

Volunteers needed for trail project near Meeker

Volunteers are needed Aug. 1 to help expand the popular hiking and biking trail system adjacent to Meeker, according to a news release.

Volunteers will join the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Mountain Club and Conservation Colorado in constructing about one half-mile of the new East Ridge Trail. The section traverses a scenic ridge above Meeker with expansive views of the White River Valley.

"Volunteers will play a key role in helping us expand this seven-mile trail system to more than 11 miles," Aaron Grimes, BLM outdoor recreation planner, said in a statement. "It will be a fun day in a very scenic area."

Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Sanderson Hills Park parking lot before hiking two miles of moderately steep trails to reach the work site. Trail tasks will vary to accommodate all abilities.

Participants should bring their own lunch and water, long pants, hat, sunscreen and a rain jacket. Work tools, gloves, radios and first aid kits will be provided. Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Grimes at 970 878-3800. 

Free park entrance to active-duty, veterans

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free park entrance to active-duty military and veterans during the month of August as a result of House Bill 15-1045, signed into law May 27.

"We invite Colorado's military community to enjoy all of the beauty and recreational opportunities Colorado State Parks have to offer," CPW Parks and Recreation assistant director, Margaret Taylor said in a statment.

CPW encourages eligible individuals to get their pass in advance at any CPW office or state park to avoid delays at the gate on a planned recreation day.

Pest management to take place across county

Moffat County will conduct mosquito larva control daily through October.

Due to the unusually high amount of rain this year, standing water is everywhere. This additional mosquito habitat makes it impractical to aerial spray before the end of June.

Aerial spraying for broad area adult mosquitoes took place June 30 through July 3 in the city of Craig and surrounding county areas.

Spraying times will be on a weather-permitting basis, early morning or early evening.

County crews treat the golf course from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. Loudy-Simpson Park is treated at the conclusion of each treatment schedule. Adult and larva work is conducted at Shadow Mountain and Maybell on an as-needed basis.

While the department tries to treat Loudy-Simpson Park and the golf course during times when people aren't present, if you do notice the department spraying in the area, avoid coming into contact with the spray.

Special events and circumstances occasionally alter schedules.

BLM advises residents to learn before you burn

It doesn't take long for fire danger to increase once snow begins to melt, according to a news release from the Bureau of Land Management. Combine that with warm, windy conditions, and brush and grass dry out quickly. A wind-whipped fire in quick-burning, dormant vegetation can cause a burn to easily become uncontrollable.

Federal and state land management agencies obtain weather forecasts from the National Weather Service before igniting any controlled burn, and so should residents. Your local National Weather Service office can be contacted 24 hours a day at 970-243-7007 or visit its website at weather.gov/gjt for fire weather forecasts.

Fire has been used as a land management tool for generations. It's used to clear land of debris and excess plant material, promote grass regeneration and replenish nutrients to the soil. While spring offers optimal burn conditions, dead vegetation can carry fire through green plants and pose control issues, especially on windy days. Observing the following tips will provide a safer environment for debris and agricultural burning.

■ Contact your local county sheriff's office before burning, and obtain required burn permits

■ Call the National Weather Service at 970-243-7007, and get the predicted weather conditions for your burn day

■ Don't burn on windy days

■ Notify your neighbors of your plans to burn as a matter of safety and courtesy

■ Ready water and equipment — Have a reliable water source and have shovels, rakes and equipment on hand

■ Establish fire breaks — Create fire lines by digging to bare dirt and removing flammable material

■ Try to burn into the wind as this will slow the rate of spread and makes the fire easier to manage

■ Stay with the fire at all times — Never leave a fire unattended

■ Have plenty of help — More people, more control

■ Ensure the fire is out cold before leaving the area; smoldering embers have ignited unattended fires

■ Call 911 if fire burns out of control — The longer you wait, the bigger the fire becomes before help arrives

Remember: Your fire is your responsibility.

Should an agricultural or debris fire damage other private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the cost of the damage and impacts.

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