Craig briefs: Bridge north of Maybell to close for 6 weeks |

Craig briefs: Bridge north of Maybell to close for 6 weeks

The Moffat County Road Department will be temporarily closing the bridge north of Maybell on Moffat County Road 19 at noon on Monday. The bridge will be closed for repairs for approximately six weeks. For further information or alternate routes, please contact the Road Department at 970-824-3211.

Tipton condemns rule to garnish paychecks

Congressman Scott Tipton, R-Colo., demanded the withdrawal of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule under which the agency would garnish Americans’ paychecks to collect fines, according to a news release from Tipton’s office.

The EPA, which quietly published the rule in the federal register last week, claims that the rule is not large enough to be subject to a public comment period, and is attempting to quietly move it through without sufficient input or oversight.

Tipton joined a number of his House colleagues in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy outlining their concerns on the proposed rule and urging that it be withdrawn.

CPW reminds people not to touch young wildlife

This is the time of year when wild animals give birth to their young, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife asks that you not approach, touch or handle young animals, according to a press release.

“We know that people are trying to be helpful, but the young animals are best cared for by their own parents,” said Renzo DelPiccolo, area wildlife manager in Montrose for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “The best thing people can do is to leave young wildlife alone.”

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.

“The animals have not been abandoned. Young animals are often left alone to allow the mother to feed, to help them avoid predators and to learn how to live in the wild,” DelPiccolo said.

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 the mother doe senses a predator might be close by, it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.

CDOT to hosts meeting on US 40 improvements

ROUTT COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation will host a public outreach meeting Monday to discuss the start of a significant sized project on U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat Springs, according to a press release.

The meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Citizens Hall, 124 10th St., Steamboat Springs.

Representatives from CDOT and Connell Resources, the local contractor selected for this project, will be on hand to discuss details including design, phasing and traffic impacts for the project. The general public and representatives from the city of Steamboat Springs are all encouraged to attend.

The $6 million resurfacing effort includes traffic signal upgrades and ADA improvements extending from the Elk River Road intersection to 13th Street and then from Third Street to Walton Creek Road. The downtown core has been designated as a “no work zone” with the majority of the work happening on the outskirts of Steamboat.

The city of Steamboat Springs has partnered with CDOT to include the Pine Grove Road intersection upgrades to be included in the broader project scope in order to minimize construction impacts.

Travel impacts: During the construction period (through late fall 2014), motorists will encounter some two-way traffic, alternating traffic and speed reductions from 7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

MCHS Class of 1974 to host its 40th reunion

The Moffat County High School Class of 1974 will host its 40th reunion at 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Popular Bar.

On Aug. 2, the class will have a dinner at the Tin Cup restaurant at the golf course with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner. The fun will continue Aug. 3 with a farewell gathering at 9 a.m. at the O.P. Bar and Grill for breakfast and visiting. If you are a classmate and have not been notified or need more information, call Joe Brookshire at 970-824-8574 or email

CDOT asks Coloradans to drive distraction-free

In recognition and support of the National Safety Council’s designation of April as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” the Colorado Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign focused on the notion that a sending a text message while driving is like wearing a five-second blindfold, according to a CDOT press release.

CDOT and the NSC remind everyone this April to combat distracted driving by doing the following:

■ Put your cellphone out of reach while driving to reduce the temptation to pick it up.

■ Recognize that hands-free devices offer little safety benefit, as they distract from your brain’s ability to multitask.

■ Understand the dangers of cognitive distraction to the brain.

■ Be vocal with family, friends and co-workers about the dangers of distracted driving.

There are many statistics surrounding this issue, including the fact that with each text sent or received, a driver’s eyes are diverted from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds — enough time to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph — blindfolded.

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