Craig briefs: Community college board seeks members |

Craig briefs: Community college board seeks members

The Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control is seeking Moffat County residents to fill two vacancies. Interested individuals should be forward thinking and motivated to invest the time necessary to ensure the future success of CNCC.

Richard Haslem submitted his resignation, effective July 31. He and his wife retired and moved to Montrose. Rick Johnson recently announced that he is retiring and moving out of state. His departure date is unknown.

The board is responsible for maintaining the local mill levy and managing the local budget for the district. The college campus is also in the process of recruiting a new vice president. Other important topics surrounding the campus include growing enrollment, developing programs and courses that are academically challenging and removing barriers for students who seek education.

Those interested in serving on CNCC’s Board of Control must submit a letter of interest Christine Mixon, CNCC, 2801 W. Ninth St., Craig, CO 81625. The deadline to submit a letter is today. Current board members include Chair Mike Anson, Treasurer Lois Wymore, Secretary Jennifer Riley and Rick Johnson.

BLM seeks comment on non-motorized trail plan

MEEKER — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to develop a comprehensive non-motorized trail network near Meeker, according to a news release. 

The proposed project outlines two alternative trail systems in the China Wall area to provide recreation opportunities for hikers, runners, mountain bikers and other non-motorized trail users. The alternatives provide a range from 17 to 22 miles of trails. Public input will provide BLM planners with information helpful in selecting the alternative that best meets public needs.  

New trail construction is planned for the summer of 2015. Maps of the proposed trail networks can be found online at

The BLM will host a public meeting regarding this proposal from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the White River Field Office in Meeker. Comments regarding this proposal can be mailed to Aaron Grimes, White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641 or submitted via email to Comments would be most helpful if received by Oct. 7.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment — including your personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Driving under effects of marijuana still is illegal

As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Recent changes, which loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults who are 21 and older, do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.

All CSP 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.

Girls on the Run starts Moffat County program

Girls on the Run of Western Colorado has begun registration for its fall 2014 program season, which will run from September to November. The Girls on the Run mentoring and life skills program is being offered at 90 sites throughout western Colorado and eastern Utah. Over 2,300 girls in third through eighth grades will participate this year.

The Girls on the Run program uses an experience-based curriculum, which integrates running to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. The interactive curriculum is fun and challenging, covering meaningful topics such as self-awareness, building healthy relationships, and developing personal strengths while engaging in physical activities. The curriculum also includes lessons specifically devoted to a community service project completed by each team, as well as a fun, non-competitive 5K run open to the community at the end of the 10-week season.

Girls on the Run programming will be offered at East, Ridgeview, Sandrock and Sunset Elementary schools in addition to Craig Middle School in Moffat County.

“We are excited to kick off our Girls on the Run season at our Moffat County schools and hope to engage girls and their families with a positive lifestyle program,” Kara Holden, a teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School and a Girls on the Run coach, said in a statement. “The physical activity and healthy lifestyle focus of the program will reach the girls who participate in the program as well as their families and our volunteer coaches within the school and the community.”

To learn more about the program, how to volunteer, or to register for the community 5K please visit You do not have to be a runner to get involved.

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