Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to address shopping local
The Craig Daily Press will host its next Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. Dec. 3 at The Memorial Hospital. The topic will be about shopping local for all your holiday needs. Join Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley for the discussion. Coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.
Christmas tree cutting permits now available
Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are now available at multiple locations in Colorado and Wyoming, according to a press release.
Each permit costs $10 and allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.
Some areas of the Forest are off limits to tree cutting or may be difficult to access. Contact the ranger district in the area where you will be cutting your tree for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions.
The Forest Service would like to emphasize that cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. Additionally, tree cutting is not allowed in any part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Laramie Ranger District.
Here are regulations to remember when cutting a tree:
■ Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of roads or within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts, administrative sites, timber sale areas or designated wilderness areas.
■ Maximum tree height is 20 feet.
■ Maximum tree diameter is 6 inches at the stump.
■ Cut the tree to a stump height of 6 inches or less, or below the lowest living branch.
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
The complaints from constituents and policy advocates are aimed at the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund, a depository for about half of the $272 million the state is expected to generate this fiscal year from marijuana-related taxes. The legislature has guidelines for how the money should be spent, but lawmakers can use it for just about anything they want. And in practice, they do, splitting the money among dozens of different programs, across more than a dozen state agencies.