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Craig briefs: School board meeting slated for Thursday

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Craig Middle School. 

The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 3:30 p.m. to discuss real estate property, health insurance and exit interviews.

Call for Veterans to be featured in newspaper

The Craig Daily Press staff is looking for veterans to highlight in the newspaper for Veteran's Day on Nov. 11. If you are a veteran or know a veteran who would like recognition in Craig's local paper, please send names and phone numbers to veterans@CraigDailyPress.comveterans@CraigDailyPress.com, or call 970-875-1790., or call 970-875-1790.

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Average Colorado gas prices dip over 5 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.28 per gallon at the start of the week, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

That compares with the national average which has fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.26 per gallon, according to gasoline price website gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Monday were 87.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 28.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 3.7 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 84.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"Falling gasoline prices have been the name of the game after a brief hiatus," Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com, said in a statement. "Forty-nine of the nation's 50 states saw gasoline prices falling an average of six cents a gallon during the last week, while the Midwest, previously hit with price spikes, saw among the biggest declines as some refiners returned from maintenance, easing supply concerns. Oil prices also took a break after seeing the largest weekly increase since 2009 to post a big decrease last week."

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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.

Animal collision fast facts

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

■ October and November are especially dangerous during deer mating season.

■ As the days get 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.

Tips to avoid an animal collision and to lessen the impact if one occurs

■ Keep your eyes moving. Continually sweep your eyes across the road in front of you for signs of animals and movement. Animals may also be alongside the road. While the most likely accident is you hitting an animal, on occasion, they might hit you by running into the side of your car.

■ Be especially attentive in early morning and evening. Many animals, especially deer, are most active during these times, roughly 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., which include prime commuting times for most people.

■ Use high beams when there's no oncoming traffic. You can spot animals sooner. Sometimes, the light reflecting off their eyes will reveal their location.

■ Slow down and watch for other deer to appear. Deer rarely travel alone, so if you see one, there are likely to be one or several more.

■ Slow down around curves. Animals are harder to see in advance when going around curves.

■ One long blast. A long blast on your horn may frighten large animals, like deer, away from your vehicle.

■ Use brakes if an impact is imminent. Don't swerve. Instead, stay in your lane. Swerving away from animals can confuse them so they don't know which way to run. It can also put you in the path of oncoming vehicles or cause you to crash into something on the side of the road such as a lamp post or a tree.

■ Always wear a seatbelt. The chances of being injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don't have your seatbelt on.

■ Don't go near or touch a wounded animal. A frightened and wounded animal can be unpredictable and cause injury. If it's in the middle of the road and blocking traffic, call the police immediately.

■ Consider purchasing comprehensive insurance if you don't already have it. Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal strikes.

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