Briefs for July 23 |

Briefs for July 23

Fire crews have upgraded the Pack Trail Fire in Rio Blanco County from a wildfire to a wildfire complex after two more fires broke out this week.

In addition to the Pack Trail Fire, crews are monitoring the West Jordan and Smith Gulch fires.

The Pack Trail Fire ballooned from 450 acres to 2,798 acres in the past week.

The wildfire is burning 10 miles west of Meeker in the Black Mountain Wilderness Study Area.

Despite the recent growth, fire information officer Punky Moore said the blaze is still well within the management area.

A crew of 54 firefighters from Wayne Cook’s Northern Rockies Interagency Fire Use Management Team is letting the blazes burn to help manage resources.

Moore said smoke from the blaze was visible from Craig on Sunday when it grew by 1,500 acres.

The West Jordan Fire is burning 13 acres in the Windy Gulch Wilderness Study Area.

Fire teams plan to watch the blaze and keep it from entering private land to the south.

The Smith Gulch Fire is burning 20 acres.

The fire management team does not put a timetable on fires used for resource management.

Yampa River Classic golf tourney Tuesday

The Yampa Valley Golf Course will host the Yampa River Classic Junior Golf Tournament on Tuesday. The tournament is separated into five age groups: 6 and younger, 7 to 9, 10 to 12, 13 to 14 and 15 to 17. The older two age groups will play 18 holes, the 10- to 12-year-olds will play nine holes, the 7- to 9-year-olds will play four holes, and the youngest group will play five shorter holes.

The cost is $15 for children ages 10 to 17 and $10 for the two youngest age groups. The fee includes a lunch and green fees. For more information call the YVGC at 824-3673.

Boys and Girls Club hosting College 101

The Boys and Girls Club of Craig is hosting College 101 at 7 p.m. Thursday. The event will feature current college students providing an open and honest discussion about what it is like to go to college.

The event is designed for students who recently graduated or who are entering their senior year of high school.

BLM collecting seeds for conservation

The Bureau of Land Manage-ment is collecting the seeds of native plants across the state for conservation purposes. The collected seeds are identified, catalogued and then preserved and stored in the Millennium Seed Bank for future use in restoration projects throughout the state.

The Seeds of Success project was created by the BLM to support the conservation of national public lands’ plants by preserving seeds for restoration. Colorado’s public lands are experiencing a loss of plant and animal biodiversity because of the expansion of development, climate change and recreation activities.

BLM has joined with the Student Conservation Association to help collect native dry land seeds across Colorado. For information, call Jessica Shade at (303) 239-3988 or

DOW sponsoring hunter education class

The Colorado Division of Wildlife will sponsor a Hunter Education Class from Aug. 15 to 19 at the Bell Tower Building of Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig. Classes will be from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly.

All classes must be attended to obtain your Hunter Education Card. To register, call 824-3046 or 272-3238.

Those interested in the Internet Study Program should call 824-3046.

Session Aug. 2 about Medicare prescriptions

Senior citizens and their families are encouraged to come to an information session about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan-Training by Social Security. It is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 on the second floor of the Independent Life Center Inc. Call 826-0833.

Sheriff’s Office golf tourney is rescheduled

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Aug. 6. The tournament is a four-person scramble format.

A $2,500 hole-in-one prize, longest drive and closest to the pin contests will be held and prizes will be awarded. Funds will help send an area graduate to college.

Entry forms are available at the golf course or the Sheriff’s Office.

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