Coffee & a Newspaper to focus on broadband issue

Craig Press invites the community to December’s Coffee & a Newspaper for a discussion about the region’s broadband needs and how best to meet them. Representatives from the Broadband Committee and local internet providers will attend.

The event, hosted by Craig Press Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Jim Patterson, will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Conference Room C at Memorial Regional Health. This represents a change from previous Coffee & a Newspaper events, which have typically been held in Conference Rooms A and B.

Everyone is welcome, and coffee and pastries will be served.

Newspaper extends photo contest deadline

Due to a technical issue, the Craig Press lost access to many of the emails sent to during the past 30 days. This being the case, the newspaper asks all readers who submitted photos for the 2017 Hunter Photo Contest to the above address to please resend the photos directly to Craig Press Editor Jim Patterson at Please include the names of all people appearing in the photo, where the photo was taken, and contact information.

We apologize sincerely for this inconvenience. Due to the error, we will be extending the deadline to submit photos to the contest. Photos will be accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, and all submitted photos will be posted to the newspaper’s Facebook page Friday, Dec. 8. Whichever submission receives the most Facebook “likes” by 4 p.m. Friday,. 15 will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s.

For more information, call Patterson at 970-875-1790 or Publisher Renee Campbell at 970-875-1788.

Parks and Recreation accepting board applications

The Craig Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for members to serve on the Parks, Recreation and Trails Advisory Board. Members shall serve three year staggered terms. The Craig City Council will make selections on Dec. 12. The first appointments will be for the following terms.

• Two members to be appointed for two years.

• Three members to be appointed for three years.

Applications can be picked at Craig City Hall and are also available online at

Applications are due no later than Dec. 6, 2017 and can be mailed to Craig City Hall,

Attn: Kathy Larson, 300 W. Fourth St., Craig, CO 81625.

Public comment sought on proposed OHV trail system

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments from the public on its environmental assessment of a proposed 364-mile off-highway vehicle trail system, primarily in Rio Blanco County.

Rio Blanco County’s proposed Wagon Wheel West OHV Trail System would use mostly existing roads near Rangely. The proposal includes 220 miles of existing county roads, 141 miles of BLM routes and three miles of new trail across private land. The BLM’s evaluation and decision focus on the BLM routes.

“The BLM strives to be a good neighbor, and we welcome and value diverse views from the communities we serve,” said BLM White River Field Manager Kent Walter. “Comments on this environmental analysis will be most helpful if received by Dec. 31, 2017.”

The proposal is part of Rio Blanco County’s trails master plan, which seeks to increase trail system-based recreation in the county. In 2016, the county received an OHV grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to implement the Wagon Wheel West proposal. Recreation on BLM Colorado-managed public lands generated $543 million and supported 4,625 jobs in fiscal year 2015.

The environmental assessment and maps are available at

Comments may be sent to or by mail to BLM, White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.

Before including address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that the entire comment — including personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters may ask BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, it cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

NW Colorado range workshop set for Dec. 15

Join Range Management Specialist Retta Bruegger, Ecologist Terri Schulz, Weed Supervisor Greg Brown and Economist Jenny Beiermann as they cover topics such as setting goals for a range, how to make pastures more resilient during changing conditions, preventing weeds through grazing management, the economics of seeding, brush management and more.

The workshop is set for 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15 in the Commissioners Hearing Room at the Historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs.

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