Craig briefs: Black-tie event Saturday for Diamonds & Spurs |

Craig briefs: Black-tie event Saturday for Diamonds & Spurs

The Rotary Club of Craig once again will host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The black-tie event features delicious food, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and music. Tickets cost $60 per individual, $480 for an eight-person table and $600 for a 10-person table. All proceeds help fund Craig Rotary. To purchase a ticket or for more information, call Randy Looper at 970-826-4444.

Heavy travel expected on I-70 this weekend

The weekend before the Super Bowl is generally one of the busiest weekends for the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

In 2013, this weekend saw a total of 115,634 cars drive through the Eisenhower Tunnel. Heavy traffic counts are expected westbound in the morning Saturday and Sunday. High eastbound traffic counts are anticipated in the afternoon and evening Saturday and Sunday.

Many resorts are holding crowd-drawing events this weekend, and combined with a weather forecast calling for sun and the recent heavy snowfalls, motorists should anticipate delays when traveling the corridor in both directions throughout the weekend.

CDOT has launched a campaign to encourage mountain visitors to “Change Your Peak Time” when traveling back to Denver by skipping the rush between 1 and 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Instead, travelers can “Press Play, Avoid Delay” by spending an extra hour having fun in the mountains instead of spending an extra hour in peak traffic.

Residents help chart transportation future 

The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking residents to get involved in planning the future of the state’s transportation system, according to a press release.  

With the unveiling of the Statewide Plan website at http://www.coloradotransportationmatters.

com, CDOT invites the public to play a major role in developing the Statewide Transportation Plan, set for release in mid-2014. 

“We really want to hear from people throughout Colorado because this plan guides us on how limited dollars will be invested in the transportation system and how projects will be selected and scheduled in the future,” CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt said. “Public participation is crucial for its development since it’ll reflect the priorities and needs of our citizens.”

The website serves as a central point of contact for CDOT, its planning partners and the public at large.

Website visitors will discover what opportunities and challenges face Colorado’s transportation system. The website allows the public to provide comments, take online surveys and examine the financial practices and organizational policies used by CDOT to stretch resources and meet statewide needs. Local planning processes, upcoming events and data on the state’s economy, environment and transportation system also are available on the site.

Coloradans are encouraged to check the website often to learn about new developments and provide input on the direction of the Statewide Plan.

Hayden bird walk area stays open year-round

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, located 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 near Hayden 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 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

Most still able to renew canceled health policies

Denver — More than 95 percent of Coloradans affected by cancellation notices for individual and small group health insurance plans in 2013 were offered the opportunity to renew their policies early and continue them into 2014, according to a Division of Insurance press release. 

Insurance companies set their own deadlines for early renewals. As such, some deadlines already may have passed, while others may be coming up soon. The DOI encourages consumers to read the notices sent by the companies or to contact their insurance company for more information.

Colorado’s Division of Insurance has determined the following will apply to health insurance plans that have been discontinued:

■ Consumers who have been offered the opportunity to renew a current health plan still may exercise that option, provided they meet their carriers’ deadlines.

■ Plans that did not have a renewal option and have been discontinued by health insurance carriers will not be reinstated.

■ All health insurance plans sold or renewed after Dec. 31, 2013, must meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, as required by state legislation passed in 2013 (House Bill 13-1266).

Consumers with questions about any information provided by an insurance company can contact the Division of Insurance at 303-894-7490 or 1-800-930-3745 (outside the Denver metro area). The division has trained experts ready to answer consumers’ health insurance questions. 

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