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Craig briefs: Collecting Western History class starts June 17

Local resident Bill Mackin, founder of the Museum of Northwest Colorado’s Cowboy & Gunfighter Museum, and author of “Cowboy and Gunfighter Collectibles,” will teach the Wellness Wednesday course, Collecting Western History.

The course introduces community members to collecting Western historical artifacts and the lore of Wild West history and legend.

The four-week course begins June 17 and runs through July 18 at American Legion Post 62, 1055 Moffat County Road 7. The class is free to Moffat County residents 62 and older. The cost is $60 for other students.

Mackin has collected guns, antique cowboy gear and Western artifacts for 60 years. In addition to his book, he also has written more than 100 magazine articles, and he serves as Western Americana appraiser/consultant, and a consultant for Schroeder’s Antique Guide.

For registration information on the class, call 824-1100.

Workshop will address prairie dog conservation

Conservation of prairie dogs in Northwest Colorado will be the subject of a one-day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Craig Holiday Inn, 300 S. Highway 13.

The workshop is an early step in the implementation of the Gunnison’s and White-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Plan, which is being developed by the Colorado Division of Wildlife and various stakeholders.

The purpose of the planning effort is to ensure conservation of prairie dogs and to avoid the need for a listing of the species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

At the workshop, interested stakeholders will consider the options presented in the conservation plan and help identify specific management actions that will be most effective at the local level. Stakeholders will discuss issues unique to Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, rank proposed conservation strategies and develop an outline for a local action plan.

Although many interested stakeholders have been personally invited to attend the day-long workshop, it is open to members of the public who are interested in participating in the group discussions to develop the local conservation solutions and strategies. More than 40 stakeholders have been invited to participate, including private landowners, conservationists, concerned citizens and representatives of local, federal and state agencies.

“This work session is not an opportunity for people to explain how they feel about prairie dogs,” said Brad Petch, DOW senior wildlife conservation biologist for Northwest Colorado. “We understand the debate, but we need to move past it to make sure we conserve this species and avoid the need for it to be federally listed.”

Anyone who did not receive an invitation and information packet, but who would like to attend the full-day workshop should contact Brian Holmes, DOW conservation biologist, at brian.holmes@state.co.us or 970-878-6063.

Health Institute offers GIS map workshop

The Colorado Health Institute will offer a July 29 workshop in Craig about how to display health or population data about communities or regions in map format.

The workshop is one of several being offered around the state.

Health professionals, grant writers, policymakers and others interested in visually displaying data about their communities are invited to register for this one-day, hands-on session in Geographic Information Systems.

The training will take attendees through the basics of GIS mapping to create layered maps of health and population data from CHI’s growing inventory of community-level indicators.

This is a beginner workshop introducing participants to the basics of using GIS software; no pre-existing knowledge of GIS is needed.

A working understanding of Microsoft Windows is desirable.

The workshop will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Bell Tower at Colorado Northwestern Community College, 50 College Drive.

The cost is $100 per student registrant, $200 per registrant from a nonprofit organization or government agency, and $400 per registrant from a private business.

Three or more representatives from one organization or business receive a 20 percent discount (not applicable for students).

To register or get more information, see http://www.coloradohealthinstitute.org/GIS or call Todd Hockenberry, senior GIS specialist, at 303-831-4200, extension 219, or e-mail him at hockenberryt@ColoradoHealthInstitute.org.

Police want public help in assault investigation

The Craig Police Department is asking for the public’s help with an investigation into an alleged Sunday morning assault, police said in a news release Monday morning.

Between 3:30 and 4 a.m. Sunday, an adult female reported that she was assaulted on Yampa Avenue, near Craig Middle School. The female reported to police than an unknown male physically assaulted her as she was walking south in the 1000 block of Yampa Avenue.

She suffered minor injuries, police said.

“At the time this occurred, the female reported that a small red car slowed down and the occupants may have witnessed this incident,” police said in the news release.

Anyone with information about the incident is to contact the Police Department at 826-2360 or investigator Ken Johnson at 826-2387.

Or, if callers wish to remain anonymous, they may also contact Crime Stoppers at 824-3535.


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