Craig briefs: Craig Trap Club to hold shooting event Saturday, June 4
Craig Trap Club will host a Big 50 shooting summer kickoff event, open to the public, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at its location at U.S. Highway 40 and Moffat County Road 64. The shoot is open to all, whether registered with Amateur Trapshooting Association or not. Fun shoots and lunch are also available.
An official ATA registered shoot will follow at 10 a.m. Sunday. Craig Trap Club will host similar events in August and September.
For more information, call 970-824-5351 or 970-326-6384.
State park hosts fishing, junior ranger activitiesState park hosts fishing, junior ranger activities
State park hosts fishing, junior ranger activities
Yampa River State Park has events planned for Saturday and Sunday at Yampa River State Park, located at 6185 U.S. Highway 40 in Hayden.
■ All day Saturday: Spend the morning at Hayden’s town park and learn to fish at Huck Finn Days. Then, learn how to become a junior ranger.
■ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday: Learn about animal tracks. How big is a bear track? What does a porcupine track look like? Join Yampa River State Park’s interpretive ranger and learn what animals footprints look like and create your own.
CSP contacts 69 drivers Memorial Day weekendCSP contacts 69 drivers Memorial Day weekend
CSP contacts 69 drivers Memorial Day weekend
This past Memorial Day weekend, state troopers across Northwest Colorado contacted 69 vehicles during three different saturation patrols, according to a news release.
A total of four arrests were made, three of which were for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs and one for driving while revoked for alcohol.
There were no fatal or injury crashes during the informal opening of the summer traveling and camping season.
Colorado State Patrol thanks drivers who made the decision to buckle up and drive sober.
Watch out for mountain lions during summerWatch out for mountain lions during summer
Watch out for mountain lions during summer
Mountain lion sightings are becoming more common in Colorado as more people move into and recreate in their habitat, according to a news release. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says while attacks by cougars on people are exceedingly rare, the agency advises caution.
■ Hiking: Hike with a partner, carry a pole or stick and make some noise as you’re moving along. When hiking with children, keep them close.
■ If you see a cougar: Don’t run because that action can trigger a lion’s predator response; raise your arms above your head and make yourself look big, then back away slowly; talk to it firmly in a loud voice; and, if possible, throw a stick or rock at the animal.
■ Children: Tell children to play close to the house, especially at dusk.
■ Near your home: Clear brush from buildings and the yard to eliminate hiding places.
■ Pets: If pets are outside unattended, they should be kept in an enclosed pen; pets should be brought indoors at dusk; don’t allow pets to roam free — they might become prey or they could chase and injure wildlife.
If you see a mountain lion in your area and you’re concerned, call the closest CPW office.
CDOT to announce new seatbelt campaignCDOT to announce new seatbelt campaign
CDOT to announce new seatbelt campaign
On Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation will launch the Beware of the Beltless seat belt safety campaign.
The campaign addresses the seat belt crisis in Colorado and takes a new approach to encourage seat belt use. At the event, CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt will speak alongside a trauma surgeon from Denver Health, as well as a father who lost a loved one in an unbuckled crash. CDOT representatives will also announce wide-ranging community partnerships with organizations across healthcare, transportation, law enforcement, military, community organizations and some of the state’s largest employers.
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