Craig briefs: Business association to host pie baking contest |

Craig briefs: Business association to host pie baking contest

The Downtown Business Association began hosting Friday Fest each week at the start of summer. This week, the group is hosting a pie baking contest. Pies are due at 6 p.m. at Alice Pleasant Park. First place receives $50. The DBA is asking residents to bring homemade cream, fruit or custard pies in disposable pie tins.

A pie eating contest will also be held at 4:30 p.m. for 8 to 12 year olds; 5 p.m. for 13 to 17 year olds; and 5:30 p.m. for those 18 and older. The pie eating contest is sponsored by Village Inn.

Wildfire being managed to benefit ecosystem

MEEKER — Firefighters are managing the five-acre, lightning-ignited Blair Mountain Fire 20 miles west of Meeker to reduce hazardous fuels and to benefit ecosystem health, according to a news release.

About 25 firefighters are working to secure the west flank of the fire, while allowing it to continue burning to the east, where it will help open the dense stands of pinyon and juniper. This will increase forest diversity and benefit wildlife habitat.

The fire is located southeast of Blair Mountain on Bureau of Land Management-administered lands and visible from Colorado Highway 64. Smoke should continue to be visible through the next few days as the fire moves east.

This management approach allows fire to play its natural, beneficial role in the environment while keeping firefighter and public safety the top priority.

Paving work set to start Tuesday on Colo. 13

The Colorado Department of Transportation on Tuesday will begin full paving operations on Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig, according to a CDOT news release.

Travelers should expect minimal wait times during road improvements but could encounter up to 30-minute wait times, depending on traffic.

The southbound lane of Highway 13 will be closed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Pilot cars will guide traffic through the work zone. Residents in the area will need to observe the pilot car operation and exit only in the direction the pilot car is going.

Access to county roads and private driveways will be monitored by flaggers but will be open. Construction work hours will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Speeds will be reduced to 40 miles per hour through the work zone. There will be a 10-foot width restriction in place at all times.

The Colorado Highway 13 north of Craig rehabilitation project began in June 2016 and is scheduled to be complete by mid-October.

Project work on the highway begins at mile marker 104 and extends approximately six miles to mile marker 98.

Castle Rock Construction Company, of Centennial, is the prime contractor on this project. The project will involve road resurfacing, shouldering, replacement of guardrail, striping and culvert repairs on the bridge over Fortification Creek at mile marker 100.6. The work will result in a smoother ride for travelers and a more durable road texture on the highway.

For project updates, email or call the project hotline at 970-306-4549.

Paper seeks compelling stories for magazine

Craig Daily Press is looking for interesting hunting stories for Colorado Hunter. If you have a great hunting tale, unique hunting skills or any other story idea you want to share, call or email Daily Press Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or

The newspaper also is looking for hunting photos from last year to run in the 2016 edition of Colorado Hunter. Photos must be clear and must be at least 1 megabyte in size. List the names of those in submitted photos. Email photos to

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