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Craig briefs: Craig Chamber of Commerce mixer set for June 29, 2017

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Craig Chamber mixer scheduled

The next Craig Chamber of Commerce mixer — hosted by Memorial Regional Health — will be from 5-7 p.m. on June 29 at 473 Yampa Ave. There will be prizes and appetizers, and visitors can see the rehabilitation center.

For more information, call 970-824-5689.

Weather spotter class begins today

Want to become a weather spotter?

If you are interested in severe weather, come to the free Storm Spotter Training in Craig from 6-8 p.m. on  June 21 at the Moffat County Courthouse, Conference Room, 221 W. Victory Way. Use back door on north side of building.

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The training is provided by the National Weather Service and sponsored by the Moffat County Office of Emergency Management.

For more information about the National Weather Service storm spotter program and the upcoming classes, go to weather.gov/gjt/spotter.

Former resident to sign new book

Former Craig resident Debra Lueck announces the release of her debut novel, "Escaping the Darkness: Journey to Sanctuary."

Downtown Books will host a book signing with the author from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, June 23, at its shop, 543 Yampa in Craig.

Old friends and new are invited to come down, meet the author, and get their signed copy of the book.

Dressen set to lead pika discussion

U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist Missy Dressen will be giving a free presentation titled "Pika and Habitat Fluctuations Across the West," at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Steamboat.

The event is part of a monthly speaker series and is hosted by Bud Werner Memorial Library, Yampatika, and the Routt National Forest. It will be held in Library Hall.

During her discussion, Dressen will explore the biology of pika and habitat fluctuations across the West.  This talk will also explore a local study on pika on the Routt National Forest and the influence of persistent snow, winter and summer temperatures, and how this is influencing pika distribution.

A long-time Yampa Valley resident, Missy Dressen has been a professional wildlife biologist for nearly 20 years and has been working for the Forest Service on the Routt National Forest for most of her career. She received her BS in Wildlife Biology and MS in Ecology, both at Colorado State University. Her passion is understanding how natural disturbances such as fire, beetles and blowdown may affect forest change and wildlife.

For more information, visit steamboatlibrary.org/events.

Byers Canyon range open again

After an extensive renovation to improve safety and add useful shooting amenities, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has completely reopened the popular Byers Canyon Shooting Range to the public, effective immediately.

Range improvements include new benches and the addition of four rifle lanes, a 50-yard lane for .22 rifles and two additional handgun lanes, including a 100-yard handgun range.

"It turned out very nice, and people have already commented on how much better the range is now," said Property Technician Doug Gillham of CPW. "Our focus has always been on safety and at the same time providing shooters with a quality experience. I believe we accomplished what we set out to do."

The Byers Canyon Shooting Range, located a few miles west of Hot Sulphur Springs, is popular with local shooters, as well as shooters from as far away as the "It's not too far of a drive for many folks, even those coming from Denver," said Gillham. "Considering what the range offers, both before and now after the improvements, it's worth the drive."

Gilham reminds shooters to respect and protect their range by picking up trash, brass, and follow all posted rules.

For more information, contact CPW's Hot Sulphur Springs office at 970-725-6200, or visit the Shooting Ranges page on the CPW website.

Stay informed to prevent wildfires

The Bureau of Land Management is asking for everyone's cooperation in preventing wildfires this season. The heat of summer is here, which has led to drier conditions, especially at lower elevations and in our river recreation areas. 

Here are some general safety tips that can help prevent wildfire, keep families safe, protect resources, and not put fire fighters lives at unnecessary risk.

Keep campfires small, and completely extinguish them before leaving camp.  The best method is to douse the fire with water, stir the ashes and douse again, making sure that all ashes are cold to the touch.

Charcoal should be soaked in water after use.

Never throw cigarette butts from vehicle windows.  Smokers should smoke only in areas cleared of all flammable debris.  

It is illegal to possess or use fireworks on BLM managed public lands, in national forests, and in national parks.

Stay on established roads and trails and avoid driving over dry brush and grass that could be ignited by hot exhaust systems.   Please ensure trailer chains don't drag on the ground and create sparks.

Firewood cutters should operate chainsaws only in the cool morning hours and keep a shovel and fire extinguisher nearby.  Chainsaws must be equipped with spark arresters.

Public lands provide valuable, tangible goods, and materials we rely on and use every day to heat our homes, build our roads, and feed our families.  They provide an amazing array of recreational opportunities and connect us to our shared American history and cultural heritage.  Please practice good stewardship and take care of your public lands.