Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper is on community needs |

Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper is on community needs

Coffee and a Newspaper is on community needs

The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. June 3 at The Memorial Hospital. The topic of discussion will center on how the Craig Daily Press news team can better serve the community.

The event will be an opportunity for community members to speak with Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley and her reporters about what kind of coverage they’d like to see in the newspaper. Publisher Renee Campbell will also be on hand to answer questions. Free coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, contact Campbell at 970-875-1788 or Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.

Grand Olde West Days kick off Memorial Day

Grand Olde West Days will take place Memorial Day Weekend, bringing the community together for food, live entertainment and more along the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue.

Saturday’s events:

■ 9a.m. — Antique Tractor Pull at Moffat County Fairgrounds

■ 3 p.m. — Parade downtown with free root beer floats after the parade

■ 8 p.m. to midnight — Free concert, featuring Michael Aldridge

Sunday’s events:

■ 8:30 a.m. — Cowboy Church

■ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Antique Tractor Pull at Moffat County Fairgrounds

May 25 events:

■ 7 a.m. — Car show in downtown Craig

■ 7 a.m. — Pancake breakfast in downtown Craig

■ 7:30 a.m. — 5K Run/Walk in downtown Craig

■ 11 a.m. — Memorial Day service at Craig Cemetery

■ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Downtown activities, including craft and food vendors, kid’s activities, live music a beer garden and more.

For more information call 970-824-2151 or visit grandolde

Expect delayed travel times on Highway 9

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a safety and improvements project this month on the 11-mile segment of State Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne. The work is expected to last until mid-July 2017.

Work hours this week are from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travelers can expect delays between 15 and 25 minutes along SH 9.

For the week of May 17:

■ Today through Friday between Mile Posts (MP) 135 and 137, there will be lane closures both northbound and southbound with alternating traffic for excavation and embankment work, milling, pipe work, and fencing.

■ Today through Friday between MP 131 and 135, there will be a shoulder closure for topsoil removal and surveying.

Please exercise caution as there are trucks entering and leaving the highway. Follow flaggers’ instructions and posted speed limits. Wide loads are restricted to 12 feet.

If you have questions or would like to receive updates on the project, contact the public information team at 970-724-4724 or

BLM advises: Learn before you burn
It doesn’t take long for fire danger to increase once snow begins to melt, according to a news release from the Bureau of Land Management. Combine that with warm, windy conditions and brush and grass dry out quickly. A wind-whipped fire in quick-burning, dormant vegetation can cause a burn to easily become uncontrollable.

Federal and state land management agencies obtain weather forecasts from the National Weather Service before igniting any controlled burn and so should residents. Your local National Weather Service office can be contacted 24 hours a day at 970-243-7007 or visit its website at for fire weather forecasts.

Fire has been used as a land management tool for generations. It’s used to clear land of debris and excess plant material, promote grass regeneration and replenish nutrients to the soil. While spring offers optimal burn conditions, dead vegetation can carry fire through green plants and pose control issues, especially on windy days. Observing the following tips will provide a safer environment for debris and agricultural burning.

■ Contact your local county sheriff’s office before burning and obtain required burn permits

■ Call the National Weather Service at 970-243-7007 and get the predicted weather conditions for your burn day

■ Don’t burn on windy days

■ Notify your neighbors of your plans to burn as a matter of safety and courtesy

■ Ready water and equipment — Have a reliable water source and have shovels, rakes and equipment on hand

■ Establish fire breaks — Create fire lines by digging to bare dirt and removing flammable material

■ Try to burn into the wind as this will slow the rate of spread and makes the fire easier to manage

■ Stay with the fire at all times — never leave a fire unattended

■ Have plenty of help — more people, more control

■ Ensure the fire is out cold before leaving the area; smoldering embers have ignited unattended fires

■ Call 911 if fire burns out of control — the longer you wait, the bigger the fire becomes before help arrives

Remember, your fire is your responsibility. Should an agricultural or debris fire damage other private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the cost of the damage and impacts.

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