Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to address oil, gas play |

Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to address oil, gas play

The Craig Daily Press hosts Coffee and a Newspaper the first Wednesday of each month. This month, the topic will surround oil and gas development in Northwest Colorado. The event takes place at 7 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.

Ride Wise campaign urges motorcycle safety

In 2014, 92 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal crashes, according to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Of those fatalities, 97 percent were male and 55 percent were 45 years of age or older.

As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month kicks off, so does CDOT’s motorcycle safety campaign Ride Wise. The campaign, an effort to promote motorcycle operator safety training courses across the state, targets older male riders who may have thousands of miles of experience, yet little to zero hours of formal training on safe riding.

Courses also include the importance of riding sober and wearing appropriate gear. Of the 92 motorcyclists killed in 2014, 63 percent were not wearing helmets.

Gas prices continue to rise across Colorado

Average gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 8.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.47 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

That compares with the national average that has increased 8.5 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.62 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Monday were 102.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 25.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 22.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 105.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“Gasoline prices continue to be tugged upward by previous increases in crude oil prices,” Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in a statement. “The national average stands at its highest in nearly five months and has risen 20 days straight. West Coast refinery issues have continued to weigh on West Coast gasoline prices, which have easily risen the fastest in the nation for a second consecutive week, though the increase in prices will be scaled back considerably this week.”

CPW to boaters: Don’t forget to de-winterize

As the spring season emerges and temperatures begin to rise, many parks again open for boating.

Now is the time to properly de-winterize boats to make sure they are functional before heading out on the water, according to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“When nice weekends start popping up, be ready to take advantage,” Kris Wahlers, CPW boat program manager, said in a statement. “Instead of using a nice weekend to get the boat ready or worse, get to the lake before finding out you have a problem, get it ready now.”

CPW recommends several things to check as you prepare your boat for the boating season.
First, try to drain out any water that may have found its way into your boat during the winter season. This will help avoid the accumulation of mold, rust and any potential damage to components as temperatures rise.

With water muffs properly installed and working, start your boat at home to make sure it runs.  Be careful to keep the water flowing and not let it run long or overheating may result.  It’s a lot less embarrassing to have a boat not start in the driveway than on a crowded dock.

Check the battery to see if it can still hold a charge after the cold winter months. This can be done by taking a conventional car battery charger and checking if the battery holds 100 percent of the charge that it is given. If the battery has a full charge and the motor still won’t turn on, replace any fuses that may have broken during the winter.

Check fuel lines for cracks and leaks or signs of rodents chewing on them, make sure hoses are connected, check fittings and connections to make sure they are tight, make sure plugs are in good shape and installed before heading out on the water.

Browns Park to burn for habitat management

Refuge staff plan to take advantage of the spring weather to burn the wetland in the Butch Unit. The objectives of these burns are to reduce excessive fuel loads and to improve the wildlife habitat conditions in those areas. The burn at Butch is being done to reduce the amount of area that cattails and bulrush cover the wetlands and for waterfowl habitat improvement. Smoke from the burns may be visible from Colorado Highway 318 and Moffat County Road 10 and 10N from now until late May on the days of the burns and a few days after the burn.

Weather conditions will be closely monitored, and the burn will only be initiated if conditions are favorable for firefighters to contain the burn within the project boundary. Each prescribed burn conducted by the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge has a detailed fire plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from the state of Colorado. Prescribed fires are one of many tools public land managers use to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires while improving wildlife habitat and overall forest and range health. For more information call Stephen Barclay, refuge manager, at 970-365-3613 extension 102.

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