Craig Briefs: Craig Rotary to sell trees for Christmas |

Craig Briefs: Craig Rotary to sell trees for Christmas

The Lions Club is no longer going to do the Christmas tree sales this year. The Craig Rotary Club is taking over the outreach for the community. The trees will be in the lot next to McDonald’s where they have always been sold. The Christmas tree sales start Saturday and run until the trees are sold. The sales hours are; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays noon to 6 p.m., weekdays 5 to 7 p.m. The tree prices are: Canaan Fir 5 to 6 feet, $45; 6 to 7 feet, $55; Michigan Douglas Fir 5 to 6 feet, $35; 6 to 8 feet, $50; 8 to 10 feet, $85; Scotch Pine 6 to 7 feet, $45. If you have any questions or would like to schedule another time to pick up a tree contact Randy Looper at 970-629-0654, or at the Elk Run Inn.

Daily Press continuing Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press is seeking hunting photo submissions for its annual Hunter Photo Contest. The newspaper will collect submissions through Sunday. All photos will be posted on the newspaper’s Facebook page Monday, and whoever gets the most likes on their hunting photo by 4 p.m. Dec. 12 will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch’s. Send your 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.

Motorists cautioned to watch out for wildlife

Colorado Parks & Wildlife reminds Coloradans that daylights-saving time ended Nov. 2, according to a press release.

As we fall back to an earlier end of the day, motorists should be on the lookout for migrating wildlife. Fall is the breeding season for elk, deer and moose and males will pursue mates aggressively and may not be inhibited by traffic.

In addition, as they migrate from their summer to winter range, ungulates are more active but less visible during this time of year.

Wildlife officials add that because bears are especially active during fall as they prepare for hibernation, collisions are common, especially at dusk and dawn.

“Bears need up to 20,000 calories each day and are constantly on the move, especially at night, in search of food,” Parks and Wildlife Senior Terrestrial Biologist Brian Dreher said in a statement. “It makes them more susceptible to getting hit by a car.”

Wildlife officials caution motorists that collisions with wildlife can result in injuries and death, not only to the wild animal but to humans as well. They advise that reducing speed, following nighttime speed limits in migration corridors and being alert to their surroundings protects people as well as Colorado’s wildlife.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the highest incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2013 occurred in the counties of La Plata, Jefferson, El Paso, Douglas, Garfield, Moffat, Larimer and Montezuma.

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Christmas tree cutting permits now available

Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are now available at multiple locations in Colorado and Wyoming, according to a press release.

Each permit costs $10 and allows for the cutting of one tree on National Forest System Lands. There is a limit of five permits per household. Trees must be for personal use, not for resale. The permit must be displayed clearly around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.

Some areas of the Forest are off limits to tree cutting or may be difficult to access. Contact the ranger district in the area where you will be cutting your tree for site-specific information, including road status and area restrictions.

The Forest Service would like to emphasize that cutting trees is prohibited in all Wilderness areas on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests. Additionally, tree cutting is not allowed in any part of the Pole Mountain Unit of the Laramie Ranger District.

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