Craig briefs: Commissioners express opposition to BLM plan |

Craig briefs: Commissioners express opposition to BLM plan

— At their weekly meeting Tuesday, Moffat County Commissioners signed a letter expressing opposition to proposed changes in how the Bureau of Land Management develops its resource management plans.

The BLM initiative is known as Planning 2.0 and commissioners have taken the position that the new rule “represents a significant departure from the existing rules in ways that dilute local government participation in integral public land management efforts.”

“It opens the door for administrative decisions and not the true public process,” said Jeff Comstock, Moffat County Natural Resources Department director.

Comstock said many counties in the west have opposed the changes and believe a full environmental impact statement should be prepared on the proposal.

“These comments are very consistent with all of the Western Slope counties,” he said.

Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe said the proposed changes would reduce the role of local governments in creating management plans and diminish the importance of cooperating agencies.

“It’s just going to go up the chain until we’re told what to do by Washington,” he said. “The local divisions aren’t going to have a lot of input.”

For more information on BLM’s Planning 2.0, visit

Area suicide prevention seminar set for Tuesday

Moffat County United Way and Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide partnered to offer a Community Suicide Awareness Training seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig, located at 300 S. Highway 13. The training is free, and community members are encouraged to attend.

“Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in Question, Persuade, and Refer learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help,” states the program’s flier.

For more information, call Amanda Arnold at 970-824-6222, or Meghan Francone at 970-846-8182.

Free community dinner set for 5:30 pm June 3

Yampa Valley Young Professionals have teamed up with the Downtown Business Association to offer a free Yampa Valley Community Dinner to Craig residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 3 at Alice Pleasant Park in Downtown Craig. Live entertainment and a cash-only beer garden will be available until 9 p.m. The event is part of DBA’s Friday Fest that will feature a farmers market each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Kirstie McPherson at 970-629-5915.

CDOT works to curb driving impaired by pot

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s new drugged driving awareness campaign “Dangerous Combinations” sends a simple and honest message: driving high is dangerous and illegal, according to a CDOT news release.

In a self-reported survey conducted last year by CDOT, nearly 55 percent of marijuana users drove high an average of seven days per month. And according to the Colorado State Patrol, so far this year, nearly one out of every five DUIs in Colorado involves marijuana.

CDOT will continue to address all forms of impaired driving, including alcohol, drugs and prescription medication, to decrease crashes and fatalities on Colorado roads. CDOT urges marijuana users to arrange safe transportation any time they choose to consume.

Highway 9 road work to cause delays all week

Traffic impacts can be expected northbound and southbound on Colorado Highway 9, Monday through Friday, during daylight hours, according to a news release.

A temporary lane will be in place detouring traffic around construction from mile marker 127 to 128. Speed will be reduced to 25 miles per hour through the temporary lane. The temporary detour lane is necessary while crews install a wildlife underpass structure and will remain in place until underpass construction is complete.

Motorists can expect one lane of alternating traffic and delays as long as 45 minutes through the construction zone. Flaggers will be in place at each access road and will work to accommodate both highway and residential traffic. Wide loads are restricted to 12 feet.

Motorists, cyclists and bikers should exercise extreme caution and follow reduced posted speed limits and flaggers’ instructions. Adhere to the 35 or 45 miles per hour speed limits. Contact the public information team at 970-724-4724 or with questions.

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