Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss school budget

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. today at the Memorial Hospital. The discussion will surround the budgetary concerns at Moffat County School District as well as its per pupil head count. Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will moderate the discussion. The event is free, and coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790. 

Craig Photo Club meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday

Craig Photography Club will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Craig Chamber of Commerce meeting room. The meeting is open to all levels of photography. This month, Aletha Dove will share a few of her photos from a winter retreat in Arizona.

For more information, call club president Patti Mosbey at 970-629-1098.

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel  

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. For more information, call 970-824-8233.  

Gas prices continue to jump in Colorado

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.18 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has increased 12 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.42 per gallong, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 134.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 31.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 37.4 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 103.8 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago.

“The spring spike has hit pumps across the nation, and it certainly has motorists wonder what in the heck is going on,” Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in a statement. “New records were broken last week in California as prices spiked at their fastest pace ever, even faster than when Chevron’s sprawling Richmond, California refinery caught fire. Meanwhile every single state — all 50 of them — saw a price increase in the last week, with a common theme behind the increases: refinery this, refinery that.”

DeHaan noted that in the past two weeks, a rash of refinery problems has pushed up wholesale prices significantly: an explosion at a California refinery, unexpected cold-related shut downs along the East Coast and Great Lakes, and maintenance that’s beginning at other refineries across the country. If that wasn’t enough, throw in the transition to cleaner, more costly blends of gasoline and declining gasoline inventories, and it’s a bleak picture.

DeHaan said while the massive spikes on the West Coast will likely slow over the next week, “increases will persist country wide, and the general upward trend will likely remain in place for 6 to 8 more weeks before motorists see declining prices ahead of Memorial Day weekend as maintenance work wraps up and the transition to summer gasoline concludes.”

Daffodils for Hospice are available March 17

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is holding its annual Daffodils for Hospice fundraiser. Daffodils will be available for purchase March 17 at City Market, Ace at the Curve, Hayden Mercantile, Bonfiglio Drug and the Clark Store. People can preorder their Daffodils at through March 13 and pick them up March 17 at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St. The Hospice and Palliative Care program is nonprofit and has been providing end-of-life care in the Yampa Valley for more than 25 years. Daffodils are $5 for per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. For more information, call Mindy Fontaine at 970-871-7609.

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