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Craig briefs: Colorado gas prices are continuing to drop

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.09 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.25 per gallon, according to gasoline price website http://www.gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices yesterday were 22.8 cents per gallon, lower than the same day one year ago and are 14 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 1.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 14.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"With the Thanksgiving behind us it appears that a nominal decline in retail gasoline prices will ring in the first week of December for most parts of the country," said http://www.gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski. "With the government's report of healthy fuel inventories and U.S. refinery output reaching its highest level since early October, the savings at the pump is coming just in time."

Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press' Facebook page to view the photos. The photo with the most likes by Dec. 20 will win the contest and receive a $250 gift card to Murdoch's. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Christmas devotional, dessert social is Sunday

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Devotional and Dessert Social will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1295 W. Ninth St.

The church also will host a viewing of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Christmas devotional broadcast. Everyone is invited to the free event.

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Mobile food pantry to distribute food Tuesday

Food Bank of the Rockies mobile food pantry will distribute food from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. There also will be a TEFAP commodities distribution, so bring identification if you qualify. Distribution will be inside at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40. Bring boxes or bags for your food. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.

CDOT offers tips on preparing for winter

It's time to get prepared for winter driving. Colorado Department of Transportation maintenance crews are on standby for winter storm patrols starting tonight at midnight. That means the maintenance area crews out on 24-hour operation —at least half out at any given time on rotating eight- or 12-hour shifts — until they reach dry road conditions. Below are winter travel tips from CDOT:

■ Always keep the top half of your gas tank full. It can give you better traction and gives you a bigger margin of error if you get stuck and have to keep the engine running periodically to keep warm.

■ If you are stuck in a serious storm, do not leave your car. Run the engine periodically and wait for help.

■ Carry blankets, water, a flashlight, a shovel and some nutrition bars or other food for sustenance. Winterize your vehicle's safety kit by including extra blankets, sand to help gain traction in the event you become stuck on ice or snow, jumper cables, an ice scraper and lock de-icer.

■ Remember that four-wheel drive does not mean four-wheel stop. A four-wheel drive vehicle will not stop any better in icy conditions, especially if you have inadequate snow tires.

■ Be sure of your route. Don't go exploring in the backcountry without some local knowledge, especially during a storm or when one is bearing down anywhere near your location.

■ Be sure you have good tires. The Colorado State Patrol recommends at least one-eighth of an inch tread depth.

■ In poor visibility or even whiteout conditions, don't drive faster than you can see ahead. High speeds in poor or no visibility can lead to large chain reaction accidents. Remember, you can't see around mountain curves and corners, either. 

Community nativity scene will be on display

The annual Community Nativity Display will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the corner of Ninth Street and Finley Lane. It will b held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. It will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This is a free event. For more information, call Marcia Sfreddo at 970-824-5136, Laura Ellgen at 970-824-5253 or Tilila Gunderson at 970-384-2366.

Seasonal closures to protect elk at Emerald

The Bureau of Land Management is reminding people to observe seasonal closures that began Sunday at Emerald Mountain near Steamboat Springs to protect wintering and calving elk, according to a press release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM's Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Area are closed to public entry through June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons. This includes the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw. This closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast.

"We saw a number of violations of this closure last winter even though the area was clearly marked. Violating the closure will result in citations and a minimum $175 fine," BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said. "However, we do want to let people know that the Ridge and Rotary Trails remain open year-round for those wishing to visit Emerald Mountain before July 1."

For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000 or log on to http://on.doi.gov/14Q6KTz.