Craig Briefs: County fair is seeking entries for horse show |

Craig Briefs: County fair is seeking entries for horse show

The Moffat County Fair Open Horse Show entries are due Monday. Applicants can get entry forms at the Moffat County extension office at 970-824-9180 or online at http://www.moffatcounty Entries cost $7 per class if received by Monday, and fees go up to $8 the day of the events Aug. 2 and 3.

CNCC rodeo recruits shine at Silver State

Two incoming freshmen on Colorado Northwestern Community College’s rodeo team had notable performances at the 34th Annual Silver State International Finals Rodeo in Winnemucca, Nev.

Wade “Whiplash” Grimshaw won the SSIR All-Around Cowboy saddle, buckle and horse trailer for his success in team roping, steer wrestling and calf roping. Oregon’s Courtney Hibbs placed fourth in the cowgirl’s breakaway roping event with three solid runs.

Several other CNCC recruits are heading to the National High School Finals Rodeo in Rock Springs, Wyo., Sunday through July 20. 

Volunteers are needed for Hospice program

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers for its Hospice program. Direct service volunteers may provide transportation, run errands, provide respite to relieve the primary caregiver, do household chores, read to the patient or sit and listen to them. Volunteers also assist in bereavement, community outreach and fund development. Volunteers who work with patients must complete a 20-hour training program and make a commitment to be available for at least one year.

Those who are interested should contact Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682 in Craig or Katy Thiel at 970-871-7628 in Steamboat.

Social media training is offered on Fridays

The Moffat County Tourism Association and Colorado Northwestern Community College have teamed up to offer a social media course from noon to 1 p.m. over the next four Fridays. Each session is $10. The course is free for those 62 and older if they complete the senior scholarship application. Students need to pre-register. The instructor is Melody Villard, director of Moffat County Tourism Association. Classes will be held in Room 115 at the new CNCC campus. 

 ■ Session 1: Friday — Introduction to social media, “What is a page, a profile and a newsfeed and why should I ‘like’ it?”

■ Session 2: July 19 — How do I find people, places, resources and help?

■ Session 3: July 26 — What else is there? Pages, open and private groups and events

■ Session 4: Aug. 2 — What’s in it for me? Keeping in touch, sharing and marketing

For more information, contact Melody Villard at 970-824-2335 or visit

Jones Hole Trail area closed for rockslide

The Jones Hole Trail and surrounding National Park Service lands from the NPS/U.S. Wildlife and Fish Service fish hatchery boundary to Ely Creek remain closed to all public use because of an active rockslide, according to a press release.

A geomorphologist who works for the National Park Service’s Geologic Resources Division plans to be in the monument toward the end of next week, the release said. He will visit the slide area and look at the cliff face, especially those areas around the cracks, to try to determine the potential for more slides in the immediate future.

The first reported rockslide occurred June 18. A large slab of rock broke free from a cliff face just a short distance inside the monument boundary, less than a quarter of a mile from the Jones Hole Fish Hatchery. After receiving reports, park rangers checked the scene and did not see any further activity, the news release said.

Another small slide occurred June 20, where a much larger slab of rock broke free and tumbled to the stream below. A large debris field formed below the slide site. The slide was large enough to send large boulders the size of a pickup across Jones Hole Creek before coming to rest against trees by a hiking trail. No injuries were reported as a result of the slide, according to the release.

The area that broke free from the cliff was roughly estimated to be 100 feet high by 50 feet wide with a thickness of 10 feet or more. The slab fell more than 400 additional feet to the stream below. Numerous trees were knocked down during the event including several across the trail. Large cracks are visible in the rock remaining attached to the cliff. Staff at the fish hatchery have reported seeing a couple of small rocks fall from the cliff face. Because of the potential for more falling rock, the area remains closed until further notice.

For more information about Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700. You can also visit,, or

County to participate in philanthropy event

Online registration is open now for the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference slated for September 25 through 27 at Winter Park Resort. The Northwest region for RPD represents five counties: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt. Event organizers are hoping to expand turnout this year for the conference hosted every four years in each region throughout the state, according to a press release.

The 2013 theme for RPD is “Making Tracks: Connecting past and building a future.” The events provide training for staff and directors; forums with Front Range funders and government representatives about the region’s achievements and challenges; informal networking for face time with funders; capacity building workshops; inspiring speakers; and a new youth track, the release said. Registration includes three days of meals, including a barbecue dinner at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. To learn more, view a complete event agenda and register online, go to

VNA: Be sure to check child’s vaccine record

Several adolescent vaccines are given in a series, which if not finished leaves your child incompletely protected. Protection provided by some childhood vaccines, such as pertussis (whooping cough), begins to wear off by adolescence. Three vaccines are recommended at age 11 to 12. If your teen missed these shots, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association officials advise they should “catch up.” The shots can be given at any medical office visit, camp or sports physical.

■ The Tdap vaccine is a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis, or whooping cough, can keep kids out of school and activities for weeks. It also can be spread to babies, which can be very dangerous. In Colorado, the Tdap vaccine is required for entry into sixth grade.

■ Meningococcal vaccine protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis (a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord) and its complications. A booster dose is recommended at 16.

■ HPV vaccine protects girls and women against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer. HPV vaccine can also protect boys against genital warts and other cancers. Immunization against HPV is a series of three shots over six months.

Every year, children and adolescents should receive an influenza vaccine, too, because even healthy kids get the flu, which can be serious.

For families with health insurance, all or most of the cost of vaccines is covered. For families without insurance, children 18 and younger are eligible to get vaccines at low or no cost through the Vaccines for Children program. You can find out more about the VFC program or about these vaccines by contacting your health care provider, the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233 or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at or 1-800-CDC-INFO.

County seeks to address residents’ unmet needs

The Moffat County Collaborative Council for Children and Families is seeking input from parents to identify the community’s unmet needs for children and families.

The mission of the council is to improve the safety and well being of Moffat County children and families through collaboration and education with families, the community and stakeholders.

Parents can access the survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.

com/s/mocofamilies. Participants are asked to complete only one survey per family. Input from spouses and children is encouraged.

CDOT reminds drivers about wildlife crossings

The Colorado Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to beware of 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 this summer to simply do what CDOT, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, wildlife advocates and numerous other agencies always have recommended.

Local bird walk area is open year-round

The 921-acre Carpenter Ranch, located 3 miles east of downtown Hayden, is one of two Northwest Colorado sites protected by The Nature Conservancy in Colorado and designated as Important Bird Areas by the National Audubon Society. The other site near Hayden is the 329-acre Yampa River Preserve that is open to the public year-round for birding, fishing and hiking. The preserve includes one of the largest remaining examples of a rare riparian forest dominated by narrowleaf cottonwood, box elder and red osier dogwood, according to The Nature Conservancy.

For questions about the birding walks, contact Betsy Blakeslee, Carpenter Ranch facilities manager, at 970-276-4626. More information about Carpenter Ranch and the Yampa River Preserve can be found by searching The Nature Conservancy website at

Humane Society lowers adult pet adoption cost

The Humane Society of Moffat County has lowered its animal adoption cost to $75, which includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and a feline leukemia test. The cost to adopt kittens and puppies remains $115.

Construction on Colo. 13 continues until fall

A reconstruction project on Colorado Highway 13 south of Meeker and north of Rifle will take place from mile marker 25 south to mile marker 22. The project will widen the road’s shoulders to 8 feet, add guardrails and new drainage pipes and increase sight distance for motorists, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through the end of October. No detours are planned, and motorists can expect to encounter alternating lanes of traffic and delays up to 15 minutes. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the work zone, and loads of more than 14 feet won’t be allowed.

The $6.7 million project is funded by the state’s FASTER legislation. The contractor on the project is Old Castle United Companies. For more information, call the project hotline at 970-878-7107 or email SH13meeker@public

Class of 1949 reunion is scheduled for Saturday

The Class of 1949 is planning a reunion and luncheon for Saturday at the Center of Craig. The highlight of the gathering will be the honoring of former teachers Ms. Rose Elnor Hamman and Mrs. Stella Hall. Organizers hope the teachers will be able to attend the reunion. If not, participants will make a video to send to them. All past students and friends of the teachers are welcome to attend. For reservations, call Benna Haughey at 970-824-2771.

Colo. 317 resurfacing project is underway

The Colorado Department of Transportion, Shell and Moffat County are resurfacing an 8.5-mile section of Colorado Highway 317 east of Hamilton. The resurfacing will take place between mile markers 0 and 8 — a stretch of roadway from Colo. 13 east of Moffat County 37. Road crews will be repathing the highway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays effective immediately.

The goal is to create a safter and smoother road, in addition to eliminating seasonal weight restrictions. Drivers can get weekly updates by emailing Jennifer Holmlund at or calling 970-314-0640.

CDOT working on I-70 from Eagle to Edwards

The Colorado Department of Transportation continues to work resurfacing Interstate 70 between mile markers 147 and 164 from Eagle to Edwards. Night work on the project began Monday in addition to daytime work, which should not impact traffic, according to a press release.

According to CDOT, night work will consist of the following operations involving lane closures:

■ Milling and paving operations in the westbound lanes between mile markers 152 and 147. 

■ Removal of concrete barricade, milling and paving operations on the various bridge structures throughout the project limits between mile markers 164 and 153.

■ Milling and paving of each of the four Wolcott interchange on- and off-ramps.

This work is scheduled to be performed during the second week of night operations starting Sunday and should be completed in four night shifts.

The $8.4 million project is contracted through Old Castle United Companies, according to the press release.

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