Craig Briefs: Community Easter egg hunt is April 19
New Creation Church in Craig will hold a community Easter Egg hunt April 19. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the hunt will start at 11 a.m.
A host of activities also will be on hand, including face painting, a bouncy house, petting zoo and photo booth. Toddlers through fifth-graders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. More than 10,000 eggs will be hidden, and 16 new bikes will be given away to children.
The church is at 520 Westridge Road. For more information, call Jessica Ashton at 970-826-4759.
Horizons hosts Pick a Dish event Thursday
Moffat County Horizons will host its second Pick a Dish fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Eight Craig restaurants will participate in the cooking contest. Each restaurant teams with a client from Horizons to create dishes for the community to sample.
Tickets are $15 per person, and kids 12 and younger are free. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available along with door prizes and live music by John Allen.
For more information, call Michael Toothaker at 970-824-7804.
Colorado gas prices continue to decrease
Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado fell 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.54 per gallon at the start of the week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. The number compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.55 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 2.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 3.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average increased 7.4 cents per gallon during the past month and is 3.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
Gas prices in Craig currently are about $3.74 per gallon.
CPW biologist honored with award of merit
Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologist Bill Atkinson, of Steamboat Springs, is the recipient of the 2014 Max Rollefson Award of Merit, which recognizes his dedication and hard work on a variety of critical aquatic wildlife management projects in the Yampa Valley, according to a release.
Presented by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Society at its annual banquet meeting March 6, the ‘Max’ recognizes outstanding effort in Aquatic Resource Conservation.
Among several accolades, Atkinson led two large-scale habitat improvement projects on the Yampa River, one near Steamboat Springs and the other at Stagecoach Reservoir. The projects improve access for anglers while enhancing critical native and sport fish habitat along the river.
VNA offers vaccines for STDs to local youths
April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month. Protect yourself or your children from cancers caused by HPV for just $21.50 for uninsured and underinsured individuals. The HPV vaccine is for males and females ages 11 to 26 years. HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact and can cause cervical cancer strands and other cancers. Call NWCOVNA today in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 to make your appointment.
Livestock disaster help sign-up starts Tuesday
The Colorado Farm Service Agency announced that beginning Tuesday, farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, according to a FSA press release.
The Livestock Forage Disaster Program and the Livestock Indemnity Program will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock grazing and deaths and losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013 and 2014.
In addition, enrollment begins Tuesday for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program and the Tree Assistance Program in 2011, when the programs expired, through 2014.
LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire. LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law.
ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have losses due to disease, adverse weather or other conditions, such as wildfires. TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines damaged by natural disasters.
Producers also are encouraged to contact their county office ahead of time to schedule an appointment. A complete directory of Colorado FSA Offices can be located here: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=co&agency=fsa, or visit us online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/co.
CPW commission meets in Salida this week
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet Thursday and Friday to begin implementation of legislative changes to the landowner preference program as well as approve motorized and non-motorized trail grants, according to a press release.
Commissioners also will receive updates about the State Water Plan, the big game season structure review process and the effort to create a comprehensive strategy for mule deer management in western Colorado. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. Thursday and is scheduled to adjourn shortly before noon Friday, at Hampton Inn and Suites, 785 E. U.S. Highway 50 in Salida.
Members of the public who are unable to attend Parks and Wildlife Commission meetings or workshops can listen to the proceedings online. To access the live audio feed during the meeting, click on the “listen to live audio” link at the bottom of the commission webpage at http://cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/pages/commission.aspx.
With an above-average snowpack following a snowy winter, local firefighters and wildlife experts are expecting a mild fire season this year, especially at higher elevations.