Craig briefs: CDOT: Use caution and good tires for I-70 travel |

Craig briefs: CDOT: Use caution and good tires for I-70 travel

The Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to check the condition of the tires on your vehicle, as a heavy snowstorm that hit the Western Slope and Northwest Colorado recently has made travel dangerous.

“Winter conditions will make travelling on the corridor challenging Sunday and Monday. Snow plow crews are working to maintain the best conditions on the roads, but drivers need to make sure they have adequate snow tires or snow chains and ensure they do not drive too fast for conditions,” Colorado Department of Transportation I-70 Corridor Operations Manager Patrick Chavez said in a statement. “We are expecting up to 19 inches of snow on Vail Pass by Monday morning.”

CDOT crews across the state have prepared vehicles and are scheduled for round-the-clock storm patrol shifts. For the I-70 mountain corridor (Golden to Dotsero), the incident management team is ready to employ numerous strategies to help motorists travel the interstate slowly and safely. These include ramp management, snowplow escorts, quick clearance of traffic incidents and real-time traveler information through, 511 and CDOT mobile. I-70 motorists can receive real time traffic information from a live audio stream Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons during the peak traffic times.

“We have many measures that we implement on the corridor to maintain safe conditions, but a critical component to keeping roads clear is drivers being aware of the conditions and having good tires to handle the roads when they do get slick,” Chavez said.

A key focus for CDOT incident management during I-70 storms is the Eisenhower Tunnel. The tunnel has no shoulders, so when traffic volumes reach a point where back-ups into the tunnel could occur, vehicles must be stopped, or safety metering implemented, to allow traffic to clear.

The highest travel delays of the winter occur when heavy traffic congestion necessitates metering at Eisenhower Tunnel. 

Village Inn launches 1st responders campaign

To celebrate the holiday season, Village Inn is kicking off its second annual Serving Those Who Serve Us campaign to honor those who serve the community and cannot always be home for the holidays, according to a press release.

Whether it’s a doctor or nurse on call, a firefighter working on Christmas Eve, a police officer on duty Thanksgiving night or active or retired military personnel from the local community — Village Inn wants to make sure these first responders still have a sweet and happy holiday.

With Serving Those Who Serve Us, Village Inn gives people the chance to nominate local heroes to enjoy The Best Pie In America by receiving a dozen free whole pies to enjoy and share with their family and colleagues during the holidays. Launched last year, the Serving Those Who Serve Us program received hundreds of nominations and honored first responders all over the country for service to their local community.

Nominators are limited to one nomination per holiday that can be made online through or by clicking on the link to the nomination form on Village Inn’s Facebook page. Selected winners will be notified and a pie delivery will be coordinated.

Nominations for Village Inn’s “Serving Those Who Serve Us” will be accepted until 9 a.m. Dec. 31.

CPW: Remove items that may entangle big game 

Throughout Colorado, deer are entering the mating season and residents are reminded to put away equipment in which big game animals can become tangled. Residents are also asked to be careful how outdoor Christmas decorations are hung.

On Nov. 8, a large mule deer buck got stuck in the ropes of a batting cage at Durango High School. Fortunately, a passer-by saw the deer and alerted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. A wildlife officer sawed off the animal’s antlers to set it free.

“Every year big game animals get hung up in items such as volleyball nets, hammocks and Christmas ornaments,” Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango, said in a statement. “When that happens it’s very stressful for the animal, sometimes fatal and it can be dangerous for people.”

Deer, especially bucks, are especially active at this time of year as they chase females and compete with other bucks. They are completely focused on “the rut” and are less wary of human-made structures and vehicles. 
CPW urges everyone to look for items that could cause problems, such as clotheslines, trampolines, low-hanging wires, swing sets, tomato cages, plastic fencing, chicken wire, bicycles, toys, etc. If you see an animal tangled in something, contact the local CPW office. 

Craig Rotary takes over sale of Christmas trees

The Lions Club is no longer going to do the Christmas tree sales this year. The Craig Rotary Club is taking over the outreach for the community. The trees will be in the lot next to McDonald’s where they have always been sold. The Christmas tree sales will continue until the trees are sold. The sales hours are: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. and weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. The tree prices are: Canaan Fir 5 to 6 feet, $45; 6 to 7 feet, $55; Michigan Douglas Fir 5 to 6 feet, $35; 6 to 8 feet, $50; 8 to 10 feet, $85; Scotch Pine 6 to 7 feet, $45. If you have any questions or would like to schedule another time to pick up a tree, contact Randy Looper at 970-629-0654 or at the Elk Run Inn.

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