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Craig briefs: Volunteers needed for trail project near Meeker

Volunteers are needed Saturday 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. 

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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 Mondays through Fridays. 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.

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Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child's birthday party, submit them to editor@CraigDailyPress.com.

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo, along with the date and place it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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