Craig briefs: Caution urged for drivers on 4th of July |

Craig briefs: Caution urged for drivers on 4th of July

Sobriety checkpoints will be spread across Colorado during Fourth of July to help eliminate drunken drivers from the road, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. A total of 96 law enforcement agencies and Colorado State Patrol Troops across the state will be involved in the checkpoints. The crackdown begins today at 6 p.m. and runs through 3 a.m. Monday. It’s part of CDOT’s the Heat Is On campaign, which pairs heightened enforcement with public education.

In 2012, 14 Colorado residents were killed in the month of July because of an alcohol-related automobile crashes, according to the CDOT news release. A total of 632 Colorado residents were arrested for impaired driving during the holiday period last year.

MCHS Class of 1983 mixer set for July 26

Members of the Moffat County High School Class of 1983 are invited to a mixer opener at the Sports Page bar at the Holiday Inn of Craig at 6 p.m. July 26. Class members and family are invited to a potluck dinner and get-together at 4 p.m. July 27 at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse, 1055 Moffat County Road 7.

Class of 1949 reunion scheduled for July 13

The Class of 1949 is planning a reunion and luncheon July 13 at the Center of Craig. The highlight of the gathering will be the honoring of former teachers Rose Elnor Hamman and Stella Hall. Any of their friends or past students are welcome to attend. For reservations, call Benna Haughey at 970-824-2771.

Drivers asked to be aware of wildlife

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be aware of wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It’s up to motorists this summer to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, numerous other agencies and wildlife advocates recommend.

Bird walk area is open year-round near Hayden

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, located 3 miles east of downtown Hayden, is one of two Northwest Colorado 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 that 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 narrowleaf cottonwood, box elder and red osier dogwood, according to The Nature Conservancy.

For questions about the birding walks, call Betsy Blakeslee, Carpenter Ranch facilities manager, at 970-276-4626. More information about Carpenter Ranch and the Yampa River Preserve can be found by searching The Nature Conservancy website at

Humane Society lowers adult pet adoption cost

The Humane Society of Moffat County has lowered its animal adoption cost to $75, which includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and a feline leukemia test. The cost to adopt kittens and puppies remains $115.

Colorado Highway 13 reconstruction ongoing

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker and north of Rifle will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22. The project will widen the road’s shoulders to 8 feet, add guardrails and new drainage pipes and increase sight distance for motorists, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of October. No detours are planned, and motorists can expect to encounter alternating lanes of traffic and delays as long as 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the work zone, and loads of more than 14 feet won’t be allowed.

The $6.7 million project is funded by the state’s FASTER legislation. The contractor on the project is Old Castle United Companies. For more information, call the project hotline at 970-878-7107 or email

Colorado Highway 317 repathing underway

The Colorado Department of Transportion, Shell and Moffat County are resurfacing an 8.5-mile section of Colorado Highway 317 east of Hamilton. The resurfacing will take place between mile markers zero to 8 — a stretch of roadway from Colo. 13 east of Moffat County Road 37. Road crews will be repathing the highway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays effective immediately.

The goal is to create a safter and smoother road, in addition to eliminating seasonal weight restrictions. Drivers can get weekly updates by emailing Jennifer Holmlund at or calling 970-314-0640.

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