Craig briefs: Better City set to make presentation this week
July 11, 2016
Craig — Better City, an Ogden, Utah-based firm specializing in implementing business strategies and revitalizing regional economies, is hosting a series of open-house meetings across the county as part of the final phase of its project.
■ The first meeting is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
■ The second meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Craig City Hall.
■ On Wednesday, there will be additional presentations at 8 a.m. at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion, 3 p.m. at Dinosaur Town Hall and 6 p.m. at Maybell Community Center.
In January, the commissioners contracted Better City, at a cost of $81,890, to spend about one year studying the county's economic strengths and weaknesses before producing a final action plan.
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As of Sunday, the Beaver Creek fire was 5 percent contained and has burned a total of 15,290 acres.
A red-flag warning is a forecast issued by the National Weather Service to inform area firefighting and land management agencies that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread.
When humidity is very low and there are high or erratic winds, the red-flag warning becomes a critical statement for firefighting agencies.
This fire has been spread by embers lifted into the air and transported by the wind ahead of the main body of fire. The fuel ahead of the fire is very receptive to these embers and when this fuel is ignited and grows, it then contributes to the amount of embers in the air.
Aerial mosquito spraying to begin in Maybell
As weather conditions allow, starting Wednesday through July 18 , Moffat County will conduct aerial mosquito spraying in the City of Maybell and surrounding areas, according to a news release.
Questions on spraying may be directed to Moffat County weed and pest manager, Jessica Counts.
Moffat County monitors and schedules all public aerial mosquito spraying events.
For more information, contact Counts at 970-824-9184.
Letter to the editor policy changes at newspaper
Craig Daily Press has changed its letter to the editor policy. Those who want to thank community members and businesses through a letter to the editor are only allowed to thank six entities or people per letter. If a person or organization wants to thank more than six people or entities, they're welcome to purchase an advertisement. The newspaper encourages readers to call the advertising department at 970-824-7031 if they want to purchase an advertisement.
For more information, or if readers have questions, call editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.
Public reminded to leave young wildlife alone
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During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.
Deer provide a good example of how wildlife adapt behaviors to help them survive. Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When a mother doe senses a predator might be close, it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.
Elk and moose calves also are left alone by their mothers. If you see one, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move.
Young birds often fall out of their nests or are pushed out of nests by parents to encourage them to fly.
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■ Hiking: Hike with a partner, carry a pole or stick and make some noise as you're moving along. When hiking with children, keep them close.
■ If you see a cougar: Don't run, because that action can trigger a lion's predator response. Raise your arms above your head and make yourself look big, then back away slowly, talk to it firmly in a loud voice and, if possible, throw a stick or rock at the animal.
■ Children: Tell children to play close to the house, especially at dusk.
■ Near your home: Clear brush from buildings and the yard to eliminate hiding places.
If you see a mountain lion in your area and you're concerned, please call the closest CPW office.