Craig briefs: still not a legitimate website |

Craig briefs: still not a legitimate website

Local businesses are still being contacted by representatives from Sierra West Publishing about advertising on an internet-based business directory called, according to the Craig Chamber of Commerce.

Information about this company is limited, and the chamber does not make any claim to the company’s legitimacy. The chamber can say that this company is based out of the state and is not affiliated with any local business. The websites the company has designed are boilerplate directories that do not rank well in search engines. We have confirmed that Sierra West Publishing does not own the domain and are concerned that neither the company’s name nor its contact information is listed anywhere on the web sites it uses as examples during sales calls.

 The chamber encourages businesses to evaluate all new advertising opportunities carefully, to document all interactions and to read all contracts closely.

 Businesses also should be aware that they receive online exposure from credible, established and highly trafficked web sites such as,, Google, YellowBook and several others for free or minimal cost.

 As always, the chamber encourage businesses to contact them to verify the legitimacy of similar opportunities or if you are interested in evaluating or enhancing your online presence and would like to know what opportunities exist.

TMH Foundation gets grants for helmet drive

The Memorial Hospital Foundation received two grants to provide free bicycle helmets at The Memorial Hospital’s Back-to-School Health Fair to be held Aug. 17, according to a press release.

The Nathan B. and Florence R. Burt Foundation Inc. awarded a $2,000 grant to The Memorial Hospital Foundation in support of the helmet give-away to promote child safety. The Burt Foundation provides funding to organizations that support the needs of children.

The Yampa Valley Electric Association — Caring Consumers Foundation awarded TMH Foundation with a $1,000 grant. The Caring Consumers program receives funding from YVEA customers who round up their monthly electric bills to the next highest dollar. The Caring Consumers program helps organizations, citizens and others who need assistance.

Back to School Health Fair set for Aug. 17

The Back to School Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug.17 at the The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic, 785 Russell St. Free bike helmets will be given to all attendees. In addition to the helmet drive, bike helmet fitting, bike safety and concussion information will be provided. Call TMH Foundation Director Eva Peroulis at 970-826-2424 with questions.

CDOT announces I-70 Twin Tunnel closures

Although a majority of the required blasting work is complete through the eastbound Twin Tunnels, lane closures continue through the area for paving, bridge and electrical work, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Next week’s closures are scheduled as follows:

■ Sunday

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday — one lane closed eastbound

■ Monday

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — one lane closed eastbound

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. — one lane closed westbound

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — one lane closed westbound

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday — one lane closed eastbound

■ Tuesday

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — one lane closed eastbound

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday — one lane closed westbound

■ Wednesday

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — one lane closed eastbound

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday — one lane closed eastbound & westbound

■ Thursday

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — one lane closed eastbound

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday — one lane closed eastbound & westbound

■ Friday

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. — one lane closed eastbound

6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday — one lane closed eastbound & westbound

 Drivers should be prepared for longer than normal delays while the above lane closures are in place — depending on traffic volumes. CDOT recommends that drivers plan extra driving time for their trips through this area, primarily during daylight hours.

Even though daily blasting is complete, a periodic blast still may be required to remove any additional rock.  When necessary, the blasting schedule will be posted on the project hotline, 303-327-4034 or at

Adding a third lane to eastbound I-70 from east Idaho Springs to the bottom of Floyd Hill is part of CDOT’s strategy at reducing congestion along one of the state’s busiest corridors which, in turn, will improve gas mileage and air quality.

Hayden Railroad to celebrate centennial

On Saturday, Hayden will celebrate 100 years of the Railroad in Hayden.

Events include:

A street Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; model train layout; historian talks; Chautauqua Show with Dave Naples as David H. Moffat; demos; music; food; kiddie train; “outdoor mountain man exhibit; and The Smithsonian Exhibit: Journey Stories in the museum.

 This is a free event that will be held outside The Hayden Heritage Center located at 300 W. Pearl St. in Hayden.

Riders on the Orphan Train-Multi-media presentation by Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore who hear the story of this little known facet of American rail history in which orphans and abandoned children were loaded onto trains in New York City and given out at rail stops across the U.S. Thousands of children were “handed out” between late 1800s and 1920s. Learn their stories through music, storytelling and slideshow. Showtime is 6 p.m. at The Historic Granary — two blocks east of the museum at 198 E. Lincoln Ave.

Finish off the day’s festivities with an old-fashioned dance with live music by The John Wayne Band. The dance starts at 8 p.m.

All events are free. Donations will be accepted.

Meeker offers hunter education opportunity

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering novice hunters a final opportunity to take their required Hunter Education class from an agency instructor before this fall’s big game hunting seasons. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Meeker Recreation Center. The live fire portion of the class will take place at the Meeker Sportsmen’s Club.
Hunter Education became a requirement in Colorado in 1971 after numerous hunting accidents resulted in injuries and deaths in the previous decade. Since the course became a requirement, the number of fatalities and hunting-related injuries has fallen dramatically.

There are no age requirements for the two-day class, but students must be able to read, write, understand the material, handle a firearm safely and attend both days to pass the class. Participants are asked to leave all personal firearms at home. Today, participants may purchase a lunch for $5.50.
The fee for the course is $10, payable the day of the class. The class is limited to the first 30 that reserve their spot. To register, call the Meeker Recreation Center at 970-878-3403. For more information Colorado, visit

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