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Craig briefs: River permit lottery open for high use season

The lottery is now open for the noncommercial river permits for the high use season on the Green and Yampa Rivers in Dinosaur National Monument, according to a news release. Applicants can access and submit the form by logging onto recreation.gov. 

The open lottery season for noncommercial, high-use season river permits runs through Jan. 3. All lottery applications must be submitted by 10 p.m. Jan. 31. The lottery allows boaters to compete for the 300 permits available for the high use season. Boaters can either apply online at recreation.gov or they can download the application form from the monument Website and then mail the completed application to the monument with a postmark before the deadline. For more information on the river permit lottery or permit process, visit recreation.gov or nps.gov/dino.

I-70 Mountain Express Lane opens Saturday
I-70 Mountain Express Lane opens Saturday
High Performance Transportation Enterprise and Colorado Department of Transportation announced the opening of the eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane to traffic Saturday from Empire to Idaho Springs, according to a news release. Travelers will be able to try the lanes for free and learn how to use them while toll collection is waived during the testing period. Travelers in the lane can expect to see signage showing different toll rates during the testing period, however, tolls are fully waived. High Performance Transportation Enterprise and Colorado Department of Transportation announced the opening of the eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane to traffic Saturday from Empire to Idaho Springs, according to a news release. Travelers will be able to try the lanes for free and learn how to use them while toll collection is waived during the testing period. Travelers in the lane can expect to see signage showing different toll rates during the testing period, however, tolls are fully waived.

I-70 Mountain Express Lane opens Saturday
High Performance Transportation Enterprise and Colorado Department of Transportation announced the opening of the eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane to traffic Saturday from Empire to Idaho Springs, according to a news release. Travelers will be able to try the lanes for free and learn how to use them while toll collection is waived during the testing period. Travelers in the lane can expect to see signage showing different toll rates during the testing period, however, tolls are fully waived.

The testing period will allow drivers to become familiar with things such as dates and hours of usage, and permitted entrances and exits prior to toll commencement.

When toll commencement begins, the base toll rate for ExpressToll account and pass holders is $3 and with typical traffic volumes, could range between $8 and $10. At high traffic volumes, the afternoon rate is expected to range between $10 and $15, or higher, depending upon trip reliability and traffic volume. Toll prices can range from $3 to $30 for the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, depending upon traffic. CDOT encourages all drivers to save money each trip with an ExpressToll pass. Without a pass, using License Plate Toll, drivers will pay the toll plus an additional fee to cover the increased costs of processing the transaction without a pass.

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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.com.

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