Craig briefs: CNCC to host Foundation Dinner |

Craig briefs: CNCC to host Foundation Dinner

Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation will host a fundraiser dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the college. The “Opening Doors” dinner and auction — part silent and part live auction — will feature donated items from local businesses, individuals and artists. Entertainment will be provided by local musician Anthony Premaine, and food will be catered by Mountain Meats.

Funds raised by the event will be matched dollar for dollar and will help provide scholarships. Tickets cost $30 per person or $100 for a table of four.

Call the CNCC front desk at 970-824-1101 for information or to reserve tickets.

Opportunity to hunt for ability-impaired persons

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering an opportunity for four mobility-impaired individuals to hunt for deer at a specially designated site at Ridgway State Park this fall, according to a news release. 

No other hunting is allowed in the area, and the hunt will be guided. The hunters must have a valid deer license for Game Management Unit 62 and be available to hunt from Oct. 18 to 26, or Nov. 1 to 9. Hunters also must hold a CPW endorsed accommodation permit, a mobility impaired designation or be able to provide evidence of a disability that impacts the essential functions of hunting.

Anyone interested should apply in person at Ridgway State Park, or by phone or email to Andrew Dean. His email address is, and his phone number is 970-626-5822.
Applications must be received at the park by 5 p.m. Friday. A drawing will be held Sept. 22 to select the individuals.

Annual hay directory to aid local producers

The Colorado Department of Agriculture publishes the Colorado Hay Directory annually to help connect Colorado hay producers with buyers, according to a news release.

The 2014 edition of the directory now is available to the public at no cost.

“The directory is a great way for Colorado hay producers to market their hay,” Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said in a statement. “Hay buyers from throughout Colorado and across the country request the publication.”

The 28th edition of the Colorado Hay Directory features producers and brokers of hay as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services. Categorized by region, each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed-free status and identifies organic hay. 

The directory and other hay resources are available online at For more information or to request a copy of the 2014 Colorado Hay Directory, call the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 303-869-9175. 

CPW asks to keep dogs from chasing wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is issuing a warning to people whose dogs chase wildlife: Keep them under control and away from deer, elk and other wild animals, or face the possibility of steep fines and the loss of a beloved pet.

Dogs that chase wild animals can cause them extreme stress and injuries from bites, wildlife officials said.

By late winter, many big game animals that are susceptible to dog harassment are pregnant females. As they run to escape, deer and elk expend crucial energy that can lead to an increase in the mortality rate of the animals or their unborn calves and fawns.

To report any instance of dogs chasing wildlife, the public can call the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or Colorado State Patrol. In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274, including surcharges.

Moffat County Birding Club seeks members

Craig resident Patti Mosbey started the Moffat County Birding Club earlier this year where a bird enthusiasts meet to discuss bird species, take photographs of birds and go on birding outings. The bird club offers a great opportunity to meet new people and see new places. Find the group on Facebook under Moffat County birding. For more information, call 970-629-1098.

BLM requesting public comment on trail plan

MEEKER — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to develop a comprehensive non-motorized trail network near Meeker, according to a news release. 

The proposed project outlines two alternative trail systems in the China Wall area to provide recreation opportunities for hikers, runners, mountain bikers and other non-motorized trail users. The alternatives provide a range from 17 to 22 miles of trails. Public input will provide BLM planners with information helpful in selecting the alternative that best meets public needs.

New trail construction is planned for summer 2015. Maps of the proposed trail networks can be found online at

The BLM will host a public meeting regarding this proposal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the White River Field Office in Meeker. Comments regarding this proposal can be mailed to Aaron Grimes, White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to Comments would be most helpful if received by Oct. 7.

Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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