Craig briefs: Average retail gas prices jump slightly
Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.03 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.23 per gallon, according to gasoline price website http://www.gasbuddy.com.
In Craig, the average gas price hovers at about $3.49.
Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 2.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 9.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 0.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“Motorists hitting the road for Christmas travel are cringing as gasoline prices have picked up with the best now behind us,” said http://www.gas
buddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “While prices will advance, I don’t expect it to last too long — January and February generally also feature relatively low gasoline prices. And while motorists aren’t looking forward to the higher prices, they may take some solace in our expectation that gasoline prices in 2014 should average lower than they will after 2013 is complete. Make no mistake — gas prices will see volatility, and there will be times when motorists will experience ‘motion sickness’ at the pump, but that shouldn’t discount that Americans will be able to spend less on a yearly basis in 2014 than they did this year,” DeHaan said.
CDOT reminds drivers to watch out for wildlife
The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It’s up to motorists to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and numerous other agencies always have recommended and wildlife advocates.
Wildlife projects keep CPW busy during winter
Although the main big game hunting seasons have ended, Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s researchers and biologists are preparing for another busy time of the year. Through late March, CPW employees will climb aboard aircraft and fly across large swaths of wildlife habitat in search of big game animals to classify by sex and age while others will gather biological data on the ground.
CPW to do inventory of thousands of animals
Late-season hunters and outdoor recreationists are advised that they may see low-flying helicopters or airplanes and are urged to be patient while critical monitoring is conducted. In addition to a thorough inventory of thousands of animals, CPW staff will coordinate the helicopter capture and radio-collaring of 75 elk, 90 moose, 20 desert bighorn sheep, 25 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and 1,300 mule deer, including 800 does, 400 fawns and 100 bucks.
With the data collected, agency researchers and biologists will be able to track the progress of several wildlife management efforts and ongoing studies. They also will gain a clearer picture about the overall health of big game, allowing wildlife managers to form population models, management strategies and set future hunting license numbers.
All lanes reopened at Eastbound Twin Tunnels
All lanes have been reopened at Eastbound Twin Tunnels after a nine-month construction project widening the tunnel from two lanes to three. At 5 p.m. Dec. 9, crews began to switch traffic from the detour that has been in place throughout the project to the final configuration through the tunnel. To complete the realignment, crews worked around the clock in order to open the lanes within 72 hours.
By widening eastbound Interstate 70 through the Twin Tunnels, CDOT will be able to build an express lane for eastbound peak periods that uses the shoulder lane. Using the existing wide shoulder from Empire Junction through Idaho Springs, motorists will be able to travel the peak period shoulder lane by paying a toll only during peak travel times. In return, they will have a reliable travel option with consistent speeds that will save motorists an average of 30 minutes in travel time.
A learn-by-doing methodology was on display Friday at the Loudy-Simpson Park pond as Moffat County High School science students learned quickly whether or not they had a future in engineering.