Craig briefs: Craig’s Festival of Trees winners announced |

Craig briefs: Craig’s Festival of Trees winners announced

Craig's Festival of Trees winners announcedCraig’s Festival of Trees winners announced

Craig's Festival of Trees winners announced

The Festival of Trees is an annual event in Craig, bringing a number of businesses, nonprofits and individuals together to decorate Christmas Trees at Moffat County Courthouse.

The winners of the event were announced Thursday at the Festival of Trees mixer hosted by the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

■ First Place: Connections for Kids took first place, winning $600 for its Polar Bear Tree.

■ Second Place: Craig Senior Citizens won $300 for tree "Hooty-Hoo, Hooty-Hoo."

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■ Third Place: Bear River Young Life won $200 for "Alice in Winter Wonderland."

■ Fourth Place: Youth United Way won $100 for its tree entitled "Winter Fun."

City Councilman Joe Bird, Craig Mayor Ray Beck, Moffat County Treasurer Linda Peters and Moffat County Commissioners John Kinkaid and Frank Moe were the judges.

Week's gas prices across state remain stagnant

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have not moved in the past week, averaging $1.91 per gallon Thursday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.04 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices on Sunday were 87.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 72.9 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"Gasoline prices over the weekend and holiday were certainly quite cheap compared to prior years and other holidays this year," Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in a statement.

BLM announces closures due to stressed wildlifeBLM announces closures due to stressed wildlife

BLM announces closures due to stressed wildlife

Annual winter closures begin this week on certain lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management's Little Snake Field Office to reduce stress on wildlife, according to a news release.

All areas south of the Ridge Trail in BLM's Emerald Mountain Special Recreation Management Area are closed to all forms of entry through June 30 to protect elk during their sensitive winter and calving seasons. The closure includes the Beall Trail and Kemry Draw. The closure corresponds with Colorado Parks and Wildlife lands to the east of the SRMA and the Humble Ranch property to the southeast.

"Stress to wintering and calving wildlife poses a significant threat to their survival and we need people to respect the closure," BLM Little Snake Field Manager Wendy Reynolds said in a statement.

Violators to the closure face a $175 fine. Reynolds recommends those wishing to enjoy Emerald Mountain during this closure visit Ridge, Rotary and Wild Rose trails that will remain open. Maps of the closure area are available at the Little Snake Field Office.

For more information, contact the Little Snake Field Office, 970-826-5000, or visit

On-The-Go I-70 travel data for motorists back On-The-Go I-70 travel data for motorists back

On-The-Go I-70 travel data for motorists back

The Colorado Department of Transportation is expanding its live streaming Mountain Travel Radio service on to help motorists better navigate Interstate 70 this winter, according to a CDOT news release.

The radio service is a part of CDOT's Change Your Peak Drive winter driving campaign. The service provides motorists with the most accurate and up-to-date travel information, road conditions and more, stated the news release. The live broadcast will regularly air Friday afternoons, Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons, and on Monday holidays.

With major changes to the Mountain Corridor, namely the implementation of the Traction Law and the launch of the I-70 Mountain Express Lane, Mountain Travel Radio will be a key communication avenue for I-70 travelers to learn up-to-the-minute road conditions.