Craig briefs: Community Fourth of July band is gearing up |

Craig briefs: Community Fourth of July band is gearing up

Every Thursday night community members meet to practice for the Fourth of July Parade in an effort to bring festive music to the annual event. If you’re interested in joining in the musical fun, practice is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Moffat County High School band room through July 3. For more information, call John Bolton at 970-824-1196.

John Fielder to present photography in area

John Fielder, an award-winning Colorado nature photographer, will stop in Steamboat Springs and Craig on Wednesday and Thursday to share his exhibit and book with the communities.

The two-day event will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and is coordinated by Conservation Colorado, the Community Alliance of the Yampa Valley, Western Colorado Congress and The Wilderness Society as part of a statewide tour.

Fielder will introduce his exhibit and offer book signing in Steamboat Springs at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts. He also will host a multimedia presentation and signing at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater. The exhibit will run in Steamboat Springs until June 30.

Fielder will host a book signing 2 p.m. Thursday at Downtown Books in Craig, and his exhibit will open at the same time at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. He will run through his multimedia presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Jewell, Hickenlooper tout tourism in West

In advance of the Western Governors’ Association annual meeting Monday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper will join with other state and federal officials to formalize an agreement intended to boost local and state tourism economies throughout the West, according to a press release.

The memorandum of understanding solidifies an existing framework through which the consortium of 13 Western states’ tourism offices, collectively known as the Western States Tourism Policy Council, and six federal agencies will continue to work together to advance domestic and international tourism on our nation’s public lands and to spur economic growth.

Travel and tourism is a major economic engine for the nation, supporting nearly 8 million American jobs — jobs that can’t be outsourced at thousands of local and small businesses. The agreement supports President Barack Obama’s National Travel and Tourism Strategy, which has a goal of attracting 100 million international visitors annually by the end of year 2021.

On Monday afternoon, Jewell will offer remarks at the WGA annual meeting. Hickenlooper, WGA chair, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, vice chair, will be joined by eight other Western governors: Arizona’s Jan Brewer, Idaho’s Butch Otter, Kansas’ Sam Brownback, Montana’s Steve Bullock, North Dakota’s Jack Dalrymple, South Dakota’s Dennis Daugaard, Utah’s Gary Herbert and Wyoming’s Matt Mead. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark also will be on hand.

Grant applications due soon to foundation

Letters of intent for the Yampa Valley Community Foundation annual Community Grants are due June 16.

Nonprofits that serve Routt and Moffat counties are invited to apply. Go to for the letter of intent application. Questions can be directed to

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