Craig briefs: Community calendar available online, in print
The Craig Daily Press has a robust and thorough community calendar that can be found on page 4 of Monday’s Craig Daily Press or online at CraigDailyPress.com/events. Check out the newspaper’s calendar for your event needs. If you’d like to submit a calendar event, email your listing to editor@CraigDailyPress.com or call 970-875-1790.
Sochi Olympic schedule, results available online
Get all your Olympic updates, times and event schedules on the Craig Daily Press homepage. The newspaper also will run local Olympic coverage compiled by Steamboat Pilot & Today reporters Joel Reichenberger and Luke Graham, who are in Russia to cover the 2014 Olympics. The Craig Daily Press will supply Craig and Moffat County readers with the local Olympic coverage each time a new story is posted. Check CraigDailyPress.com for your Olympic needs.
Annual Ski and Skate event set for Saturday
Yampa River State Park’s annual Ski and Skate event is from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the park. All ages are welcome to join in the fun. A 1.24-mile nature trail groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will be part of the festivities. The trail will be lit with glow sticks along with the full moon that evening. Ice skaters can enjoy the park’s pond for skating. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be served around a campfire. The family-fun event is free. For more information, call Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061.
Nominations for citizen task force are accepted
SALIDA — The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area is accepting nominations for its Citizen Task Force, according to a press release. Self-nominations are accepted, but endorsement by AHRA partner organizations is encouraged. The nominations will be accepted through Feb. 28.
The task force, comprising seven interest areas represented by 14 members, gives recommendations to the AHRA on management, growth and development issues throughout the recreation area and upper Arkansas River valley, while providing an open communication link to parties affected by management decisions. Citizen Task Force members are also eligible to receive an annual Parks and Wildlife Volunteer Parks Pass.
One delegate is needed to represent each of the following interest areas: anglers; commercial permittees; environmental interests; private boaters; local governments; riverfront property owners; and water-user interests. These are two-year terms from April 2013 until April 2015.
Members are expected to attend four or five regular meetings each year that typically are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. until noon with predetermined dates and locations. To receive a nomination form or for more information about the process, visit the AHRA Visitor Center at 307 W. Sackett Ave. in Salida or call 719-539-7289. Information on the Citizen Task Force nomination process, a list of “clearinghouse” organizations and a nomination form also can be obtained by visiting the AHRA website at http://cpw.state.co.us.
Driving under influence of marijuana is illegal
As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate the possession and use of recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana (or any other substance) is illegal, according to a press release.
Recent legal changes that loosen regulations governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by people 21 and older do not mitigate motorists’ responsibility to drive sober at all times.
All Colorado State Patrol troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.
Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers. The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency’s ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.
Grants available to help reduce risk of wildfire
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a second round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program, according to a press release.
This phase will provide $5.2 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, often called the wildland-urban interface.
The program, created under Senate Bill 13-269 and passed last year by the Colorado General Assembly, focuses on projects that reduce the risk for damage to property, infrastructure and water supplies, and those that limit the likelihood of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds will be directed to non-federal lands within Colorado.
The first round of grants, totaling just more than $4 million, was awarded to 25 recipients in 16 counties in August.
Eligible applicants include community groups, local governments, utilities, state agencies and nonprofit groups. Applicants must contribute matching funds, which can include in-kind resources, for a 50-50 grant-to-match ratio. Applicants also must identify plans to make use of the woody material resulting from the projects. Those plans can include using the materials for biomass energy and/or traditional forest products.
All applicants must coordinate proposed projects with appropriate county officials to ensure consistency with county-level wildfire risk reduction planning. The deadline to receive proposals is March 13, and awards are anticipated in early May.
A more detailed overview of the grant program and its requirements and limitations, as well as the grant applications, instructions and other materials, is available through the Department of Natural Resources website at http://dnr.state.co.us/WRRG.
Drivers are cautioned about I-70 sun glare
The Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding drivers who travel Interstate 70 about the sun glare problem that affects drivers at this time of year on Floyd Hill.
Beginning in early November and continuing through early February, morning drivers can encounter blinding sun glare as they head eastbound up Floyd Hill (mile markers 244 to 247 east of Idaho Springs). The glare occurs from about 7 until 8:30 a.m. However, it is especially severe from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The problem is created by the sun’s angle during mid- to late fall and early winter, along with the highway’s configuration going up Floyd Hill.
Driver recommendations include:
■ Make sure the windshield is clean — inside and out;
■ Wear a good pair of sunglasses to provide shading;
■ Anticipate traffic slowdowns and adjust speed to avoid sudden reactions;
■ Let off the accelerator and gradually slow down instead of slamming on the brakes if suddenly blinded by the sun; and
■ If possible, avoid eastbound travel on Floyd Hill between 7 and 8:30 a.m.
CDOT also is reminding motorists of Colorado’s Move-It Law, a joint effort between CDOT and law enforcement agencies that encourages motorists to follow a state law requiring drivers who are involved in minor crashes on interstates to immediately move their vehicle out of traffic and to a safe location. The insurance industry also encourages compliance with the Move-It Law, reassuring drivers that there still will be a full investigation of the crash to determine fault.
Road conditions can change quickly this time of year. Drivers can receive updated road and weather information by calling 511 or by visiting http://www.cotrip.org.
Smoke visible from winter pile burning
KREMMLING — Smoke may be visible near the towns of Granby and Rand this winter as crews from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit burn slash piles generated from Bureau of Land Management forest management and fuel reduction projects, according to a press release.
Burning is expected to continue through Feb. 20. Crews will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread. Slash piles typically are burned in the winter when the chance of the fires spreading is low.
For more information about these projects, call Kevin Thompson, 970-724-3033.
CDOT reminds drivers to watch for wildlife
The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to watch out for wildlife crossing roadways, especially at night. CDOT is asking people to stay alert and follow the roadside reminders to slow down at night in specifically designated wildlife corridors. It’s up to motorists to do what CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and numerous other agencies always have recommended and wildlife advocates.
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