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Craig briefs: Artists offer plein air painting outing Monday

The Meeker Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a plein air painting competition with a grand prize of $1,000 from Wednesday through July 4. Paintings have to be on stamped boards, framed and turned in by July 2. There will be a meet and greet July 3 and a Quick Draw on July 4. There is an entry fee of $15 per board and the paintings must be of areas within 50 miles of downtown Meeker.

Call the Meeker Chamber at 970-878-5510 for more information. A plein air painting outing is offered by Hayden artists. Artists will congregate at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Granary in Hayden and travel to the Elkhead Schoolhouse north of town.

Rio Blanco art auction is seeking original art

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society will host an art auction during the Fourth of July holiday in Meeker. It would like one or two original pieces of art to display beginning July 1 at the Fawn Creek Gallery with a silent auction. Dee Weiss, the owner of Fawn Creek, is donating mount, mat and shrink wrap to promote the show. Call Sparky Pappas, of RBC, at 970-878-9982 at the museum for more information.

CPW to residents: Don't let dogs chase wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is issuing a warning to people whose dogs chase wildlife: Keep them under control and away from deer, elk and other wild animals, or face the possibility of steep fines and the loss of a beloved pet.

Dogs that chase wild animals can cause them extreme stress and injuries from bites, wildlife officials said.

By late winter, many big game animals that are susceptible to dog harassment are pregnant females. As they run to escape, deer and elk expend crucial energy that can lead to an increase in the mortality rate of the animals or their unborn calves and fawns.

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To report any instance of dogs chasing wildlife, the public can call the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or Colorado State Patrol. In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274, including surcharges.

Boaters reminded of responsibility on water

Boating season has begun across the state, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding everyone heading to their favorite lakes or reservoirs to be safe this year, according to a press release.

Following the state's boating laws not only can help prevent deaths and injuries, it will help stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species, a serious threat to Colorado's waters. In Northwest Colorado, several boating areas officially have opened for the season with more to open as the weather warms up.

At Highline Lake State Park, northwest of Grand Junction, a dredging operation to remove a buildup of silt is complete. The popular lake opened to boating and other water recreation April 14.

The required equipment may vary depending on the type of watercraft. At a minimum, boats must have one U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device per person on board. Youths 12 and younger are required to wear an approved PFD at all times while on a boat. Other required equipment includes an approved sound producing device, a Type IV throwable device and a fire extinguisher on some motorboats.

In 2013, 20 percent of all boat accidents involved the use of alcohol, drugs or both. Boating under the influence can be punishable by a year in jail, a loss of boating privileges for three months, fines as much as $1,000 and 96 hours of community service.

Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays through the year. As the sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647 or Randy Morton at 970-620-1326.