Briefs for July 12 |

Briefs for July 12

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and the Craig City Pool will host their annual SPLASH Party on July 26 and 27 at the swimming pool.

The event will feature prizes, pizza and music. The party will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 26 for fifth- and sixth-graders and from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 27 for seventh- and eighth-graders. Admission is $5 a person. Call 824-5752 with questions.

Church invites kids

to Serengeti Trek

St. Michael’s Catholic Church will host Serengeti Trek Vacation Bible School July 18 to 22. The Bible School will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day. The Serengeti Trek program will provide fun, memorable Bible-learning activities for children ages 4 to those in sixth grade. Each day, children will sing, play teamwork-building games, enjoy snacks, experience Bible adventures and other activities.

Call Debra Frazier at 824-2124.

Power outage leaves hundreds in the dark

A power outage Sunday night left more than 1,500 homes without power.

Vic Rose, a line superintendent for Yampa Valley Electric Association, said power went out about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and affected isolated parts of Craig, people south of U.S. Highway 40, Elkhead, Thompson Hill and Breeze Basin.

The outage happened, he said, because an underground cable failed between First Street and the Road and Bridge Building.

The cable, which is 30 years old, failed because past lightning strikes had worn it down, he said.

The power outage was more severe, he said, because one of the substations — a station that provides and distributes power — was down, and another station was carrying the entire load.

Rose said power started to be restored at 12:30 a.m. and was restored to most homes by 2:30 a.m.

“We isolated the problem and started switching (power) back,” he said.

Fire burns 300 acres

in Rio Blanco County

A 300-acre wildfire is burning 10 miles west of Meeker in Rio Blanco County.

A crew of 30 firefighters from the Northern Rocky Mountain Fire Use Management Team is letting the blaze burn to help manage resources.

Punkie Moore, fire information officer for the fire management team, said allowing the blaze to burn will get rid of dead vegetation that could fuel a larger fire.

Moore said lightning started the fire on July 5.

There are privately owned cabins a few miles north of the blaze, but Moore said they are not threatened.

If the fire gets close to the cabins, crews will suppress it, Moore said.

A wet spring and winter made grass in the area grow taller than usual. Hot, dry summer weather dried out the grass, providing plenty of fuel for wildfires.

Moore said the fire management team does not put a timetable on fires used for resource management.

New BNI chapter forming in Craig

BNI, an international networking organization specializing in business referrals among members, is opening a new chapter in Craig.

BNI generated more than 2 million referrals in 2004, which resulted in more than $1 billion worth of business for its members. BNI is kicking off the new Craig Chapter at 7 a.m. July 20 at the Holiday Inn. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome.

Call chapter members Andrea Camp at 824-4103 or Steve Herman at 824-3731.

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