Craig briefs: Alive at 25 class
 comes to Craig next weekend |

Craig briefs: Alive at 25 class
 comes to Craig next weekend

Alive at 25 is a 4 1/2-hour driver’s awareness program, which is different from driver’s education, according to a press release. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Craig Fire Rescue, 419 Yampa Ave. The cost is $39 without a scholarship.

Alive at 25 is designed to teach young drivers to be aware of many of the typical driving hazards facing young motorists. The course provides important information about the dangers facing young motorists and how to remain safe on the road. Parents: Completion of this course by your child may reduce your insurance rates depending on your insurance provider. Grand Futures now has 16 scholarships available for this class. Students should contact instructor Dennis Hensen at 970-871-3685 or before registering for information about how to apply for these funds. Court-ordered students are not eligible for these funds.
Lunch is provided at no cost. 

CNCC offering course about marriage, family

Family Dynamics (SOC 205 Sociology of Family Dynamics) is a college class about marriage and family. It starts Sept. 18 and meets from noon to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Colorado Northwes-tern Community College. The last day of class will be Dec. 16. This is a three-credit-hour course and also is a guaranteed transfer course. To enroll or for more information, call the Craig campus front desk at 970 824-1101 or Ryn Deitz at 970-824-1117.

Floods, wildfires have hefty price tag for state

After a devastating spring and summer of climate-change-fueled wildfires, Colorado suddenly is facing deadly torrential rains and flooding that are leaving much of the state underwater, according to a news release. And, according to a national report released yesterday, the Centennial State and U.S. taxpayers already have paid a heavy price for climate-change-related disasters.  

The Center for American Progress released an analysis showing a state-by-state breakdown of the nearly $50 billion overall and $621 million in Colorado alone spent by the federal government on disaster relief in fiscal years 2011 and 2012. This is the first-ever estimate of each state’s receipt of federal disaster funds during that time period.

The CAP report also follows closely on the heels of a NOAA/American Meteorological Society analysis that determined that approximately half of the 2012 extreme weather events analyzed were at least in part the result of human-caused climate change.

In 2011 and 2012, there were 25 severe storms, floods, droughts, heat waves and wildfires that each caused more than $1 billion in economic damage, with a total price tag of $188 billion. Climate scientists warn that climate change could increase the frequency and ferocity of storms, and such extreme weather could become the “new normal” after decades of relative climate stability.

Taste of Home Cooking School set for Monday

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

Taste of Home 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 season’s best dishes. This season’s event is brought to Craig by the Craig Daily Press.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the event’s premier sponsors: Craig Daily Press, Miller Family Appliance, Jackson’s Office Supply and Blue Ribbon Kitchens.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience recipe demonstrations using ingredients that are 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.

Hayden bird walk area is open year-round

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, 3 miles east of downtown Hayden, is one of two local sites protected by The Nature Conservancy in Colorado and designated as Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society. The other site is the 329-acre Yampa River Preserve, which is open to the public year-round for birding, fishing and hiking. The preserve includes one of the largest remaining examples of a rare riparian forest dominated by narrow leaf cottonwood, box elder and red osier dogwood, according to The Nature Conservancy.

For questions about the birding walks, call Betsy Blakeslee, Carpenter Ranch facilities manager, at 970-276-4626. More information about the Carpenter Ranch and the Yampa River Preserve can be found by searching The Nature Conservancy website at

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