Craig briefs: Craig Rotary accepting flag sponsorships
Craig Rotary currently is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag to be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue during patriotic holidays throughout the year. As the flag sponsorship grows, so does the number of flags placed along Victory Way. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647, or Randy Morton at 970-620-6663.
YVMC offers lactation conference April 23, 24
In partnership with Colorado WIC, Yampa Valley Medical Center will present a two-day conference for health care professionals to help equip Colorado health professionals to effectively assess and manage lactation challenges in expectant mothers, breastfeeding women and nursing infants. The two-day, low-cost regional trainings will provide up-to-date, evidence-based, clinically relevant information. Professionals can find more information and register for one or both days online at http://www.teachsourceinc.com. Dr. M. Neifert will be the presenter.
The following health care professionals are invited to attend: primary care physicians and resident physicians, mid-level practitioners (PAs, NPs,CNMs), nurses (hospital, office, community and public health nurses who work with mother-baby pairs), lactation consultants and breastfeeding counselors, WIC staff (RDs, RNs, educators, breastfeeding peer counselors), childbirth and breastfeeding educators and other health workers who care for pregnant women.
Train group will focus on Craig at symposium
Jim Jordan, president of the Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society, wants to save the Craig Train Depot from destruction. He’s been working diligently to raise awareness and money for the historical structure to save it. He needs to raise between $250,000 and $450,000 to move the structure so it won’t remain a liability to Union Pacific. To fuel his efforts, Jordan is hosting a symposium April 12 and 13 in Englewood that will educate attendees about depots across the state, and particularly Craig’s depot. The symposium will bring train lovers from all across Colorado to Englewood to celebrate the state’s railroad history. The grand prize at the symposium will be a two-day trip to Craig with a tour of the depot.
Horizons to host Pick a Dish fundraiser Thursday
Moffat County Horizons will host its second Pick a Dish fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. This year, eight Craig restaurants will participate in the cooking contest. Each restaurant will team with a client from Horizons to create specialty dishes for the community to sample. Tickets are $15 per person, and kids 12 and younger are free. A cash bar for beer and wine will be available along with door prizes and live music by John Allen. For more information, call Michael Toothaker at 970-824-7804.
Snowmobilers invited to attend safety course
Colorado Parks and Wildlife, along with its partner, Steamboat Lake Snowclub, is inviting all snowmobilers, whether experienced or novice, to attend a free, Colorado Snowmobile Safety Course at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Steamboat Lake State Park Visitor Center, according to a press release. Space is limited and anyone interested in attending must call Steamboat Lake State Park at 970-879-3922 to reserve a spot.
CDOT asks Coloradans to drive distraction-free
In recognition and support of the National Safety Council’s designation of April as “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” the Colorado Department of Transportation is launching a new campaign focused on the notion that a sending a text message while driving is like wearing a five second blindfold, according to a CDOT press release.
CDOT and the NSC remind everyone this April to combat distracted driving by doing the following:
■ Put your cell phone out of reach while driving to reduce the temptation to pick it up.
■ Recognize that hands-free devices offer little safety benefit, as they distract from your brain’s ability to multitask.
■ Understand the dangers of cognitive distraction to the brain.
■ Be vocal with family, friends and co-workers about the dangers of distracted driving.
There are many statistics surrounding this issue, including the fact that with each text sent or received, a driver’s eyes are diverted from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds — enough time to drive the length of a football field at 55 mph — blindfolded.
Meeker hosts Carson and Barnes Big Top Circus
Ticket sales for the circus will begin in the coming weeks. The event will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 in Meeker. More information will become available this month.
The Carson and Barnes Circus has been on the road for 80 seasons this year. It is the largest “tented show” in the United States today, traveling approximately 230 days per year, playing two shows in each town every day.
For more information or to buy tickets, call 970-878-5510.
Scholarship for school seniors now available
The Yampa Valley Community Foundation now has an online application for its scholarships offered to high school seniors in Routt and Moffat counties.
Shooting enthusiasts reminded of closure
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding shooting enthusiast that the Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Hot Sulphur Springs now is closed due to the agency’s continuing efforts to protect wintering elk and deer herds.
Because the animals have moved onto their winter range in and around the shooting facility during especially cold conditions this year, wildlife officials remind the public to give them plenty of space to help prevent additional stress that can lead to mortality, including the deaths of displaced animals because of collisions on roads and railroads.
The shooting range will remain closed until the animals move toward higher ground in the spring, which typically occurs in early April.
The Byers Canyon Shooting Range, which is owned and operated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, is very popular with sportsmen from across the Western Slope and the Front Range because of its proximity to the Denver metro area.
For more information about Colorado Parks and Wildlife shooting ranges and alternative places to shoot, visit http://www.wild
Community calendar is available online, in print
The Craig Daily Press has a robust and thorough community calendar that can be found on page 5 of the Craig Daily Press or online at CraigDailyPress.com/events. Check out the newspaper’s calendar for your event needs. If you’d like to submit a calendar event, email your listing to editor@CraigDailyPress.com, or call 970-875-1790.
With an above-average snowpack following a snowy winter, local firefighters and wildlife experts are expecting a mild fire season this year, especially at higher elevations.