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Craig Briefs: Office of Surface Mining meeting is Wednesday

Office of Surface Mining meeting is Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Office of Surface Mining, Enforcement and Reclamation will host a public participation meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. under the Moffat County Fairgrounds Grandstands. The meeting is a step in the 120 day new analysis process that OSM has to take to continue mining at Colowyo. The meeting is open to the public.

Haven barbecue and silent auction fundraiser is June 19

The Haven Assisted Living Center's annual Barbecue and Barn Dance fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. June 19 at The Haven Community Center in Hayden, 300 South Shelton Lane. The event will include kids activities, live music with Loose Change and a Silent Auction. Tickets are $8 for students, $15 for adults, $25 for couples and $40 for families.

Children 5 and younger are free. All proceeds will go toward repairs at The Haven. Tickets can be purchased from Karen Burley at 970-875-1888 and also will be available at the door. To view a list of silent auction items, go to havenseniorliving.com/fundraiser.

CDOT to motorcyclists: Ride wisely for safety

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In 2014, 92 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal crashes, according to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Of these fatalities, 97 percent were male and 55 percent were 45 years of age or older.

As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month kicks off in May, so does CDOT's motorcycle safety campaign called Ride Wise. The campaign, an effort to promote motorcycle operator safety training courses across the state, targets older male riders who may have thousands of miles of experience, yet little to zero hours of formal training on safe riding.

Courses also include the importance of riding sober and wearing appropriate gear. Of the 92 motorcyclists killed in 2014, 63 percent were not wearing helmets.

Interregional bus service start date is announced

Bustang, the new interregional express bus service from the Colorado Department of Transportation, will deliver its first passengers to Denver's Union Station starting the morning of July 13, according to a news release.

The much anticipated service launch will connect major populations, employment centers and local transit entities along the Interstate 25 front range and Interstate 70 mountain corridors during peak weekday commuting times.

Offering three major service routes, Bustang responds to demand from the traveling public for a reliable transit alternative along the highest-traveled corridors in the state.

Along I-25, there will be seven round trips per day, Monday through Friday from Colorado Springs to Denver and six round trips per day from Fort Collins to Denver. Along the I-70 mountain corridor, Bustang will operate one round trip Monday through Friday between Glenwood Springs and Denver Union Station.

The bus service will stop at existing park-and-ride locations along each route with fares reflected by length of trip. Multiple trip packages will be available at a discounted price as well as a 25 percent discount for disabled persons and seniors 65 years old and older. Bus schedules and fares are available for download online.

The Bustang fleet will feature 13 buses in rotation on each respective route. Each coach is equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free WiFi, power outlets and USB ports. Coaches offer a 50-passenger capacity and are handicap accessible.

July 13 marks the official service launch for Bustang, the state's first-ever, state-owned and operated bus system.

Summer Reading 2015 kicks off in Hayden

It's time for Summer Reading 2015 at the Hayden Public Library, and the theme this year is "Every Hero Has A Story!"

Join Hayden Library staff in June and July for their annual summer program to celebrate reading. Children will be able to play games, do Crafts, engage in various activities and contests.

The programs are for all ages. Registration began May 26 and continues all summer. If you sign up, you'll receive a reading bag, reading logs and other fun items.

■ Programs for preschoolers will be at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday starting June 9

■ Programs for kids ages 5 and up will be at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday starting June 4

■ Each Friday, bingo and Cooking will be at 11 a.m. starting June 5.

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