Craig briefs: 2 employees from Trapper Mine injured |

Craig briefs: 2 employees from Trapper Mine injured

Trapper Mine, a surface coal mine located 6 miles south of Craig, had two recent accidents resulting in injuries to Trapper employees, according to a press release.

On Aug. 5, at approximately 3 a.m., a collision between two pieces of heavy mobile equipment occurred at the mine. The operator of one vehicle was injured with non-life-threatening injuries. And at noon Wednesday, a second accident occurred with a maintenance employee injured during a routine procedure. Both employees are expected to fully recover. Both accidents were promptly reported and are being fully investigated by Trapper, appropriate local and state authorities and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

In addition, plumes of smoke that were reported observed on Trapper property were related to the landslide that occurred in October 2006. A contained coal seam was on fire, and mine activity is adjacent to the burn area. Work is being done to extinguish the fire and bury the smoldering coal seam to the extent possible. Visible dust, ash and smoke of intermittent short-term duration may be expected.

Sheep Wagon Days kicks off next week

Villard Ranch’s annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days kicks off with second-grade school tours followed by a family-friendly event, according to a press release. Learn about the sheep industry in Moffat County during this educational agritourism event. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Wyman Living History Museum, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14.

On Thursday and Friday, there will be hands-on educational stations that cover all stages of raising sheep in Northwest Colorado as well as the history of an ever-dwindling industry. Stations will include raising sheep, sheepherders, meat, wool, spinning, weaving, butter making, touring sheep wagons and more.

Sept. 14 will include all of the educational stations as well as a bagpiper, live music, vendors, a hay maze, antique tractor pulls, bounce houses, fishing in the oxbow, concessions and more.

The Wyman museum also will be open during the event.

For more information contact event organizer Melody Villard at 970-326-6368 or You also can go online to

Parenting classes will launch Oct. 1 in Craig

Moffat County Department of Social Services and Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council serving Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, are offering Parenting the Love and Logic Way beginning Oct. 1 in Craig.

Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. Love and Logic provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role and easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.

Charity Reiser and Michelle Balleck will facilitate the six-week class, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 1 through Nov. 5 at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave. There will be an optional presentation of “Keys to Helping Kids Cope with Divorce” on Nov. 12.

The class is offered for free to parents and educators of children of all ages. Educators who attend the class can receive continuing education hours. Complimentary refreshments and on-site child care also are available.

For more information about the Parenting the Love and Logic Way course in Craig or to register, call Michelle Balleck at 970-824-1081 or email her at

Taste of Home Cooking School comes to Craig

Craig is slated to get a big treat next month when The Taste of Home Cooking School cooks up various meals and conversation Sept. 16 at the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Taste of Home’s culinary specialist Kristi Larson will be at the auditorium to share her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the seasonx’s best dishes. This season’s event is brought to Craig by the Craig Daily Press.

Tickets went on sale Aug. 5 and can be purchased at the Craig Daily Press, Miller Family Appliance, Jackson’s Office Supply and Blue Ribbon Kitchens — all of which are the event’s premier sponsors.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience recipe demonstrations using ingredients that are easily found at the local grocery store, and the dishes are submitted by home cooks from across the country.

Attendees will receive a gift bag, including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine. The 68-page special issue includes recipes featured during the program, along with many more, as well as coupons from participating national food companies. Attendees also can enter for a chance to win one of many door prizes, including the recipes created onstage that night.

VNA offers birth control and STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women’s health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat at 970-879-1632 or in Craig at 970-824-8233.

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