Craig briefs: Business Association to host kids’ activities

Each Thursday, the Downtown Business Association hosts Do It Down-town Thursdays with kids’ activities. This Thursday, the activity will be at Downtown Books for a story hour between 4 and 5 p.m. Call Noelle Leavitt Riley with questions at 970-756-1308.

Free fishing poles offered to kids ages 5 to 12

GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be giving away free fishing poles and gift bags to the first 300 kids, ages 5 to 12, to line up at Ralph Stocker Stadium, Sunday as the Grand Junction Rockies take on the Billings Mustangs for a late afternoon baseball game, according to a press release. 

After purchasing tickets for the game, parents are advised to enter through the stadium’s south gates by right field, at 3 p.m., where they will be asked to sign a waiver. CPW wildlife managers will give a free casting lesson to children in the outfield between 3:15 and 3:35 p.m.

The game begins at 4:05 p.m., and any remaining fishing poles and gift bags will be distributed after the casting demonstration has concluded.
The rods, reels, and fishing tackle are provided with funds from Great Outdoors Colorado.

“Fishing, like baseball, is a great activity that kids can enjoy outdoors.” said Watchable Wildlife Coordinator Trina Romero, of CPW. “We encourage kids and parents to get outside, go fishing and most importantly, have fun.”

Kids younger than 16 do not need a fishing license in Colorado. Anyone 16 and older must purchase a license and a Habitat Stamp, available at any CPW office, license vendor or online at
To learn more about fishing in Colorado, visit

Wellness Wednesdays offers schedule for July

The Visiting Nurse Association offers Wellness Wednesdays to Craig’s senior citizens. The schedule changes each month. Here’s the July schedule:

■ Today

Menu: Italian baked penne, salad, bread, watermelon cake

Speaker: Representatives from Centennial Home Health will talk about the importance of hydration.

■ July 15

Menu: Tilapia, broccoli slaw, rolls, fruit salad

Tentative speaker: Jennifer Mattern and Anita Reynolds will talk about the NWCOVNA Health Assessment Awards

■ July 22

Menu: Sweet and sour pasta, salad, croissants, cookie

Speaker: Live music with Ray Cartwright

■ July 29

Gino’s pizza

No speaker

Women’s group to meet 3rd Friday of month

Northwest Colorado Repub-lican Women will have a special meeting July 17, the third Friday of the month. The meeting will replace the normal second Friday of the month meeting for the month of July. It will be held at noon in the covered picnic area of the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Lunch will be provided. Routt County Commissioner Carrie Hermacinski will be the guest speaker. Everyone is welcome. If you are planning to attending, RSVP to Lorrie Butler at 970-824-2664.

Business After-hours Mixer set for July 9

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Business After-hours Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. July 9 at Sunset Meadows I. RSVP to 970-824-5689.

Take precautions to avoid foodborne illness

Each year, one in six Amer-icans get sick from consuming foods or beverages contaminated with disease-causing microbes or pathogens. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends the following precautions to reduce your risk of foodborne illness.

■ Always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing food.

■ Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to measure internal temperature of meat.  

■ Wash hands, utensils and cutting boards after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry and before they touch another food.

■ Refrigerate leftovers that won’t be eaten within four hours. Bacteria can grow quickly at room temperature.

■ Wash produce in running tap water. Remove outermost leaves of a lettuce or cabbage. Bacteria can grow well on the cut surface of a fruit or vegetable. Take care not to contaminate produce while slicing on a cutting board, and don’t leave cut produce out for many hours.

■ Keep food away from flies and insects.

Common symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and chills. Avoid preparing food for others if you have these symptoms. Pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe infections and should not to consume undercooked animal products. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you have a foodborne illness. For more information, go to

Retail gas prices jump slightly across Colorado

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.77 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices were 94.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 1.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 88.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“From LA to Chicago to New York, motorists saw a promising trend at the pump this past weekend that continue to edge lower today,” Gregg Laskoski, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst said in a statement. “That may run counter to consumer expectations but this is what we’ve seen in recent years when summer prices showed nominal but gradual decline through June and July. Retail gas prices follow the general direction of crude oil most of the time and our benchmark crude, West Texas Intermediate closed last week heading lower ($55.47) well below the 2015 peak of $62 per barrel.”

Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child’s birthday party, submit them to

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear — meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo, along with the date and place it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

Extension office to host canning event July 11

The Moffat County Extension office and local Master Food Safety Advisors will host a three-hour introductory canning session from 9 a.m. to noon July 11. The event will take place at the extension kitchen, located at 539 Barclay St. in Craig. It will be a hands-on workshop showing how to use a water-bath canner and a pressure canner. Learn the basics of home canning and tips for preserving at high altitude. Space is limited. The cost is $15 per person and include the 2015 edition of the Ball Blue Book. Register at The Kitchen Shop, located at 577 Yampa Ave. For more information, call 970-824-8148.

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