Craig briefs: Community drug-abuse forum set for Wednesday |

Craig briefs: Community drug-abuse forum set for Wednesday

Moffat County Department of Social Services will host a community forum from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 in the Colorado Northwestern Community College conference room. The event is hosted by Karli Bockelman, with Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Kris McKenzie, with Moffat County Department of Social Services. Agenda items include addressing the community’s issue of prescription drug abuse and developing a mentoring program for youth. Refreshments will be provided. The forum will be held at 2801 W. Ninth St. in Craig.

Train depot meeting set for Friday at museum

A meeting to discuss the Craig railroad depot is slated for 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 at The Museum of Northwest Colorado. The event is sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society.

License fee discussion scheduled for Aug. 24

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking input from sportsmen on funding the future of wildlife management and conservation in Colorado, according to a CPW news release.

Hunters, anglers and anyone who wants to learn more about the financial challenges facing the state’s wildlife management agency is invited to attend a discussion with CPW representatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Grand County CSU Extension Office, 210 11 St. in Kremmling.

CPW anticipates budget shortfalls, which could be offset by increasing resident license fees. The last increase occurred in 2006 after legislative approval the year before. Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and cut $40 million from its operating budget. Wildlife managers caution that additional cuts are inevitable without an increase in revenue.

Currently, a limited elk license for resident adults costs $46. Limited deer license and pronghorn licenses are $31 for resident adults. Resident youths pay $10.75 for limited deer, elk and pronghorn licenses.

Craig artisans accept applications for market

Applications are being accepted for the seventh annual Holiday Artisan Market, according to a news release. The event will be held Dec. 2 and 3 at the Pavilion at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig. Deadline for the applications is Oct. 7. Email yam for an application and more information.

CPW cautions stand-up paddleboard users

As stand-up paddleboards become more popular, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds paddlers to wear personal flotation devices when using these watercraft, according to a news release.

The danger is amplified in the afternoons in Colorado, when fast-moving storms bring high winds and stir up waves on lakes, ponds and reservoirs.

Water temperature is also a factor. Even though the weather has been warm recently, water in rivers and reservoirs remains cold, which can quickly impair swimming ability.

According to CPW regulations, on any watercraft, the number of lifejackets on board must match the number of passengers. Anyone younger than 13, when on the water, must wear a lifejacket at all times. Every kind of craft is subject to the regulations, including paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, sailboats and sailboards. For more information about safe boating, visit

BLM seeks input about wild horse bait-trapping

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to bait-trap wild horses in northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin in order to administer fertility treatments and remove up to 50 horses, according to a news release.

The BLM proposes to use a bait-trapping method in which wild horses in and around the Sand Wash Herd Management Area would be attracted to corrals. While confined in a corral, BLM employees and Sand Wash Advocacy Team members would identify mares, that would be treated with a contraceptive called PZP, which delays fertilization, before being released back to the range. Up to 50 young wild horses would be removed for placement in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary training and adoption program.

“Our partnership with SWAT and GEMS has been vital to meeting our goal of maintaining the health of the Sand Wash wild horses and the lands they depend upon,” BLM Northwest District Manager Joe Meyer said in a news release.

The BLM manages the area for up to 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance, stated the news release.

Treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd.

The BLM seeks comment on the Environmental Assessment of this gather plan, available at the Little Snake Field Office at 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625 and online at: Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to

Before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information commentors, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

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