Craig Briefs: Bears Ears Patriots to host talk on Nov. 7 |

Craig Briefs: Bears Ears Patriots to host talk on Nov. 7

The Craig chapter of the Bears Ears Tea Party Patriots is hosting an educational talk at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Center of Craig, highlighting concerns regarding the new Common Core standards the Colorado Board of Education supports. The guest speaker is a long-time Colorado resident Anita Stapleton who has been working with groups on the eastern slope by educating them about the perils of common core. Stapleton is a registered nurse in Pueblo and has three kids. For more information, call 970-824-9792.

National Public Lands Day is Friday to Sunday

A group of government agencies will celebrate National Public Lands Day at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. The celebration is sponsored by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, The Wilderness Society and Friends of Northwest Colorado.

The event will take place from Friday to Sunday. There will be a campfire Friday, and Saturday will have tree planting and cleaning and repairing roads There will be free barbecue and prize drawings for participants, as well as camping areas will be made available. Those attending also have the opportunity to participate in a half-day river float Sunday, as well as hiking and driving tours will be available. Registration is required. For more information, visit or contact Sasha Nelson at sasha@conservation or 970-824-5241.

Various ways to vote this election year

Voters will be casting their ballots for the Nov. 5 election by mail, according to a press release from Moffat County Clerk and Recorder Lila Herod, but in-person voting still is an option on Election Day.

House Bill 13-1303 requires counties to conduct all general, primary, odd-year, coordinated, presidential, special legislative, recall and congressional vacancy elections as mail ballot elections.

More than 70 percent of Moffat County voters cast their ballots early or by mail in the last election, Herod said in the release. Many voters get confused about when they will or will not automatically receive their mail ballots. This new legislation simplifies and clarifies the voting process — every active voter gets a mail ballot, but he or she still has options about how to vote. Voters can mail back the ballot, drop it off, vote in person during early voting or vote on Election Day.

The Voter Service and Polling Center is located at the Moffat County Clerk and Recorder’s Office. A 24-hour ballot drop box is available at the east entrance of the courthouse. At the center, eligible voters will receive services for registration, replacement ballots, voting issues and voting in person. Voters also will have expanded options for registration. Every eligible citizen is able to register to vote through Election Day.

Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Election Day hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ballots were mailed Oct. 15 to all active voters. Voters must return their ballots by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Call the Election Office with questions at 970-824-9120.

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