Craig briefs: CPW cautions stand-up paddleboard users |

Craig briefs: CPW cautions stand-up paddleboard users

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

On rivers or lakes, if a paddleboarder falls off, there is no guarantee the board will remain within reach. In rivers, the board can be pulled away by the current. In lakes a board can be pushed away quickly by the wind.

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 hot recently, water in rivers and reservoirs remains cold, which can quickly impair swimming ability.

According to CPW regulations, on any watercraft, the number of life jackets on board must match the number of passengers. Anyone younger than 13, when on the water, must wear a life jacket 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

Colorado hunting group holds regional meetingColorado hunting group holds regional meeting

Colorado hunting group holds regional meeting

Hunting Works For Colorado invites local partners and Craig area hunters and hunting supporters to its summer regional meeting in Craig at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The meeting will be in the board room of the Yampa Valley Bank.

The meeting will be an opportunity for supporters and those interested in the organization to learn more about 2016 activities. The event is free, and all are welcome. Contact Hunting Works For Colorado Coordinator Andy Leer at or 720-420-1745 with questions. or 720-420-1745 with questions. or 720-420-1745 with questions.

BLM set to hold hearing about wild horse issuesBLM set to hold hearing about wild horse issues

BLM set to hold hearing about wild horse issues

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing to discuss the use of motorized vehicles in administration of wild horses in Colorado from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, according to a news release.

The BLM conducts a statewide public hearing to obtain public comment regarding the use of any motor vehicles in wild horse management. Motorized equipment is used for accomplishing a number of management objectives, such as trapping operations, transporting to holding and monitoring.

Colorado has four Herd Management Areas along the western slope of Colorado. The Sand Wash Basin, Piceance Creek/East Douglas, Little Book Cliffs and Spring Creek Basin HMAs are managed by the Little Snake Field Office, White River Field Office, Grand Junction Field Office and the Tres Rios Field Office, respectively. The use of motorized vehicles to manage or transport wild horses is planned to occur in 2016.

The public will be given an opportunity to speak. The BLM welcomes written copies of public statements or written comments for the official record. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, be aware that your entire comment — including personal identifying information — may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request the BLM to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so. For more information, visit

Craig artisans accept applications for marketCraig artisans accept applications for market

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 for an application and more information. for an application and more information. for an application and more information.

Cen$ible Energy funding period set to end July 31Cen$ible Energy funding period set to end July 31

Cen$ible Energy funding period set to end July 31

The 2016 Cen$ible Energy rebate program for Yampa Valley Electric Association received donations from Routt County and the town of Oak Creek, for a combined total of $36,500 for 2016, according to a press release.

The funds are near depletion, so program organizers are no longer accepting applications for energy audits. Alternate funding opportunities for audits are available. For more information call Yampa Valley Sustainability Coucil at 970-871-9299.

The Cen$ible Energy program will accept rebate applications for Energy Star appliances, LED light bulbs, programmable thermostats and post-audit air sealing through July 31.

When the program closes for the 2016 rebate cycle, more than 300 rebates will have been issued in Routt and Moffat counties, saving families and small businesses both energy and money. Through purchases of appliances, light bulbs and energy audits made in association with the rebate program, more than $85,000 has gone back into the Yampa Valley economy, supporting local businesses and contractors.

The rebate program will re-open again for the 2017 grant cycle Jan. 1.

More sponsors are needed to partner with this well-received rebate program. Learn more at

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