Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest deadline is Saturday |

Craig briefs: Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest deadline is Saturday

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Saturday. Whoever submits the best hunter photo will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send photos to Additionally, many of the photos could appear in next year’s Colorado Hunter magazine. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Moffat County Libraries closed through Sunday

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed through Sunday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The libraries reopen for regular business hours Monday.

Gas prices drop during Thanksgiving holiday

According to, the national price for gasoline this Thanksgiving will average $3.27 per gallon, a whopping 16 cents per gallon less than last Thanksgiving and 5 cents per gallon cheaper than Thanksgiving 2011.

Black Friday consumers have about $1.93 billion more to spend on items other than fuel this November thanks to savings seen so far this month. The savings versus 2011 is an equally compelling $1.5 billion, but November fuel costs project to about $2 billion more than in the same month of 2010.

Smart shoppers using the GasBuddy app are seeing even bigger savings this season. The typical difference between the highest and lowest priced stations by ZIP code comes to a massive 20 cents per gallon. Last year, the gap was only 16 cents per gallon, and back in 2010, the GasBuddy savings averaged just 12 cents per gallon.

A major factor in cheaper fuel prices this year is the ongoing United States oil production boom. U.S. companies are producing 1.25 million barrels more crude per day than on Thanksgiving Day 2012, and output is up by more than 2 million barrels per day from the 2011 holiday. The five-year perspective is even more dramatic — the U.S. is bringing

3 million barrels more crude per day to market this year versus Thanksgiving 2008.

VA clinics in Craig and Glenwood closed Friday

The Veterans Affairs clinics in Craig, Glenwood Springs and Montrose will be closed Friday.

After a holiday closure, the Grand Junction VA Medical Center will return to normal business hours Friday.

Parade of Lights makes 2013 debut Saturday

The Parade of Lights is the annual Christmas parade that kicks off the holiday season in Craig. The Craig Lions Club and the Downtown Business Association partner to sponsor the event. The lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alice Pleasant Park just before the parade begins. Parade begins at Craig Middle School, travels down Yampa Avenue until turning west on Victory Way, then turning on Ledford Street. Call Karen Brown for more information at 970-824-7898.

Craig Lions Christmas tree sales begin Sunday

The annual Christmas tree sales by Craig Lions Club will begin Sunday in the parking lot to the west of McDonald’s. Trees will cost about $35 to $55 and will range in size from 5 feet to 7 feet tall. The corrals will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call Jim Meineke at 970-824-5098 or Jane Hume at 970-640-5194 to set up appointments for other times.

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