Craig briefs: Book signing by local resident is Saturday
Lou Dean will be at Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig at 1 p.m. Saturday to talk about her latest book, “On My Ass: Riding the Midlife Crisis Trail.”
The book is about her traveling across Colorado on her donkey. It was published by High Plains Press, Glendo, Wyoming.
Fashion show fundraiser to debut 5 p.m. Saturday
Loyal Outreach Voluntary Evangelistic Ministries International Inc., or LOVE MI will host a fashion show fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at the O.P. Bar and Grill, located at 534 E. Victory Way. Beverages, appetizers, a silent auction and live music by the John Wayne Band will entertain attendees.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at LOVE MI Thrift Shop at 576 Yampa Ave. or at the Craig Chamber of Commerce at 360 E. Victory Way. For more information, call 970-824-1066.
Shadow Mountain meeting set for Aug. 21
Moffat County Director of Development Services Roy Tipton will hold a public meeting for Shadow Mountain residents at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the American Legion hall.
Tipton will update residents about the construction to new water/sewer lines, roads and sidewalks at the meeting.
Moffat County Birding Club seeks members
Craig resident Patti Mosbey started the Moffat County Birding Club earlier this year, where bird enthusiasts meet to discuss bird species, take photographs of birds and go on birding outings. The bird club offers a great opportunity to meet new people and see new places. Find the group on Facebook under Moffat County birding. For more information, call 970-629-1098.
Pregnancy Center hosts a walking fundraiser
The Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center FUNdraiser Summer Walk-a-thon hosted registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 at the Moffat County High School track, 900 Finley Lane.
Participants of all ages will receive a T-shirt and pedometer for the event, which runs through Saturday, as walkers collect money based on the amount of walking they do for the following weeks. People can return to the track Saturday to distribute their funds and receive a tally. Those who bring in the most funds or walk the greatest recorded steps also will receive prizes.
The cost is $20 per person or, for a family of four or more, $20 for the first family member and $10 for all other members.
Those unable to attend the initial registration also can register from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the YVPC office, 25 W. Victory Way.
For more information, call 970-824-5204.
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.
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.
At Highline Lake State Park, northwest of Grand Junction, a dredging operation to remove a buildup of silt has been completed. 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.
Driving under effects of marijuana is illegal
As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.
Recent changes, which loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults who are 21 and older, do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.
All CSP troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.
Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers. The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency’s ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.