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Craig briefs: CDOT reminds drivers to watch for wildlife

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind 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.”

Bird walk areas are open year-round

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, located 3 miles east of downtown Hayden, is one of two local areas recognized 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, contact 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

First Baptist church to host a 5-day camp

The Journey at First Baptist will host Eagle Lake Day Camp from June 24 to 28. The five-day program includes activities like a eurobungy, archery, slip ’n slide, arts and crafts and a climbing wall.

Counselors will lead campers through the activities, along with Bible studies and worship. The cost is $150 per camper and scholarships are available in an effort to make the camp affordable to everyone. For more information, visit or call 970-824-5926.

Humane society animal adoption fee is lowered

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.

Highway construction will increase road safety

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker and north of Rifle is taking 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 up to 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 is Old Castle United Companies. For more information, call the project hotline at 970-878-7107 or email

Class of 1949 reunion, lunch is set for July 13

The Class of 1949 is planning a reunion and luncheon for July 13 at the Center of Craig. The highlight of the gathering will be the honoring of former teachers Ms. Rose Elnor Hamman and Mrs. Stella Hall. Organizers hope the teachers will be able to attend the reunion; if not, participants will make a video to send to them. All past students and friends of the teachers are welcome to attend. For reservations, call Benna Haughey at 970-824-2771.

Class of 1978 reunion is Friday to June 15

Plans are being made to celebrate the 35th reunion of Moffat County High School’s Class of 1978. The reunion will take place Friday and June 15. Nearly half of the class has been contacted, but many may not be aware of the festivities for a variety of reasons.

Please contact Sharine Powell Endersen at or 623-393-2015, or Reneta Kawcak at 110 West 12th St., Craig, CO 81625 or 970-824-7245 with contact information for the following classmates:

Dan Akins, Chris Allan, Matt Archuleta, Mike Atchley, David Bachman, Mary Lynn Behrman, Randy Bergman, Rusty Brady, Cherryl Brown, Richard Crabtree, Vic Dell, Kathy Ditges, Kenneth Ditges, Phil Douglas, Kenny Flies, Jack Ford, Abel Garcia, Brett Gardner, Colleen Gardner, Argy Georgeou, Joni Grandbouche, Becky Grimm, Dennis Harper, Viola Henson, Dean Hunter, Davis Hutchins, Kevin M Johnson, Tony Johnson, Marty Jones, Greg Knez, Stacy Leander, Shirley McMinn, Teresa Miles, Doug Moore, Rita Moore, Pam Orr, Brenda Pickett, Pam Poirier, Colleen Rowley, Jerri Rutherford, Debbie Spicer, Ruth Stewart, Mike Stewart, Bucky Taylor, Dannielle Urbanski, Debra Vanoy, Annette Vigil, Steve Wilkinson, Sandie Young and David Young.

Rotary Club of Craig sponsors flag project

The Rotary Club of Craig once again is sponsoring the American flag project to encourage community support for Craig and the United States of America. Interested businesses and community members are asked to sponsor flags that the Rotary Club will then display throughout town on Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, Patriots Day (Sept. 11), Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

The flags are placed on light poles on both sides of Yampa Avenue from Fourth to Sixth streets. On Victory Way, the flags are placed on both sides of the street starting at Lincoln Avenue and then every 90 feet heading west. The number of flags posted will depend on the number of sponsors. Last year, the Rotary Club placed 107 flags on both Yampa Avenue and Victory Way.

The Rotary Club said the flags are a great way to impress visitors driving through the area. The cost to purchase a flag and take part in the program is $75 per flag, per year. All sponsors will be recognized in the Craig Daily Press at the beginning and end of the flag year. For more information or to sign up as a flag sponsor, call Randy Looper at 826-4444 or email

Rawlins set to host Smithsonian exhibit

A Smithsonian Institution exhibit is at the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins, Wyo., through June 15. “Key Ingredients: America By Food” is free and open to the public. For more information, call 307-328-9274 or visit

Weigh and Win weight loss program is ongoing

Weigh and Win, a free incentive program to lose weight and make healthier choices, will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Thursday at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Craig office, 745 Russell St. For more information, call 970-819-4110.

Moffat County Fair is seeking sponsors

The Moffat County Fair is seeking activity sponsors for this year’s Family Fun Night, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. The evening will begin with the Catch a Pig contest and will include other activities for families and children of all ages. There also will be music and strolling entertainment.

Any interested businesses, groups or individuals can call the Moffat County Extension Office at 970-824-9180. Sponsorship commitments are due by June 15.

Craig resident is offering individual soccer lessons

Craig resident Fransisco Reina is offering free one-on-one soccer lessons for anyone interested in working on their game. For more information, call 970-826-9724.

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