Craig briefs: Colorado gas prices dip slightly this past week
Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado fell 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.62 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 0.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
BLM plans prescribed fire west of Maybell
The Little Snake Field Office is planning a 30-acre prescribed fire 15 miles west of Maybell along the Little Snake River on Bureau of Land Management and Colorado State Land Board managed lands, according to a press release. Burning is anticipated to take place Thursday if weather and ground conditions remain favorable. Smoke may be visible for a few hours from Colorado Highway 318.
The objective of the Oxbow prescribed fire is to improve waterfowl habitat by burning cattails, rushes and riparian grasses. This follows the herbicide application conducted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013.
Weather and fuel moisture conditions will be closely monitored. Each prescribed burn has a detailed fire plan developed in advance with pre-determined parameters along with appropriate smoke permits. The burn only will be initiated if conditions are ideal for safe and effective fires. For more information, call the Little Snake Field Office at 970-826-5000.
CNCC Rangely campus receives grant award
The Rangely campus of Colorado Northwestern Community College was among nine Colorado colleges that received capital grant awards from the Boettcher Foundation, according to a recent press release from the organization.
The institutions were awarded a total of $825,000 for capital projects.
“From classrooms that will train the next generation of scientists to student centers that serve as vital community hubs, these projects represent some of the most innovative and impactful projects being pursued by the state’s higher-education institutions,” Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation president and executive director, said in the release.
Rangely received $75,000 toward renovation and expansion of the 50-year-old Rector Science Building with the purpose of adding state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and lecture spaces.
Colorado Mesa University, Front Range Community College, Lamar Community College and various campuses of Colorado State University and University of Colorado also received such funding for their own projects.
7th annual Outdoor Heritage Day is Saturday
The Seventh annual Outdoor Heritage Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riverbend Park in Palisade.
The free event is geared toward showing families the variety of outdoor activities available across the Grand Valley and Colorado. Everyone involved in Outdoor Heritage Day has one goal in common — encouraging families to get off the couch and have fun outside. Kids can learn about boating safety, fishing, hunting, wildlife management and bow and firearms safety at the archery range or at the supervised, .22-rifle shooting trailer.
A popular attraction each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be stocking the park’s pond with plenty of large trout ready to be caught. Bring your own fishing gear, or kids can earn their own rod and reel at the event by participating in a short fishing clinic.
Other activities include fly tying, gold panning and learning about the environment. Event organizers will provide a free hot dog lunch for participants. To visit Outdoor Heritage Days’ Facebook page, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/outdoor-heritage-day/262073185165 . For more information about things to do in Colorado, visit http://cpw.state.co.us.