Craig briefs: Deadline set for today in Safari Club drawing

Safari Club International Yampa Valley Chapter is selling tickets for a drawing as part of its efforts to support 4-H shooting sports, work with disabled veterans and other projects in the area.

The prize is a Teton four-burner gas grill. Single tickets are $5 each, while a book of five is $20.

Tickets may be purchased from Mountain Man Taxidermy, Rummel Chiropractic or from Ken Fleming or Karl Huntsman. The drawing will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at Mountain Man Taxidermy, and entrants need not be present to win.

For more information, call Fleming at 970-824-6806 or Huntsman at 970-819-2531.

VNA set to host Rubber Ducky Race, after party

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is holding the inaugural Craig Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser Saturday.

The race begins at 11 a.m. at the Ranney Street Bridge, where Craig Fire Rescue firefighters will dump hundreds of duckies into the Yampa River. The race ends at Loudy-Simpson Park with a celebration.

Ticket holders of the first 10 ducks that cross the finish line win $1,000 in cash prizes, including a $500 grand prize. Entrants need not be present to win. The post-race party will include live music and food vendors, a bouncy house, face painting and visits from a Classic Air Medical helicopter and a Craig Fire Rescue fire truck.

Everyone is welcome at the celebration. Tickets for the race are $10, and proceeds benefit VNA’s Hospice and Palliative Care program. Tickets may be purchased at the VNA, 745 Russell St. or at Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane through today. Tickets also are available at the race. For more information, call 970-871-7609.

Early hunters advised of horse gather operations

Muzzle-loader and archery hunters heading to Game Management Unit 21, located south of Rangely and west of Colo. Highway 139, are advised that the Bureau of Land Management will conduct excess horse gather operations in the area beginning Sept. 14, coinciding with the start of the early hunting seasons.

The BLM will focus on gathering 167 horses in West Douglas Horse Area first, but if they are unable to gather the required number of horses there, they may move operations east into GMU 22.

The BLM estimates operations may run a week to 10 days. This is not the Sand Wash Basin herd.

“We prefer that this take place at a time that does not affect hunters, but that is not our decision,” Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a statement. “All we can do is alert hunters that they need to take the horse gather into consideration when making plans.”

The gather operations will include helicopters, support vehicles and personnel on the ground. Until the operations have concluded, the BLM is asking everyone to avoid the area. Hunters are advised to seek alternative hunting areas within the GMUs.

For more information, call the BLM at 970-210-2126 or 970-878-3842, or

Cooking school brings the taste of fall to Craig

As home cooks across the country head back to the kitchen to cook up fall’s flavorful dishes, the Taste of Home Cooking School is preparing to share seasonal recipes certain to delight.

Taste of Home’s Culinary Specialist Kristi Larson will be at the Moffat County High School on Sept. 14 to share her home cooking tips and tricks while demonstrating step-by-step recipes for the season’s best dishes. This season’s event is brought to Craig by the Craig Daily Press, Miller Family Appliance, MJK Sales & Feed, Brother’s Custom Processing the Memorial Hospital.

“From experienced home chefs to beginners learning their way around the kitchen, the Taste of Home Cooking School offers something for everyone — putting a fresh spin on old favorites and adding new and delicious recipes to your seasonal repertoire,” Larson said in a statement.

Attendees will receive a gift bag, including the Taste of Home Cooking School magazine. The magazine includes recipes featured during the program, along with many more, as well as coupons and other goodies from participating national food companies. Tickets are on sale for $12 and $17 for reserved seating. Visit and click on ‘Cooking School’ for complete ticket information and show highlights For more information, visit

Coffee and Newspaper to discuss Colowyo

The Craig Daily Press will host Coffee and a Newspaper on Wednesday to discuss the Colowyo and Office of Surface Mining lawsuit. The deadline for OSM to meet the judge’s requirements is Monday, therefore the topic will surround what happens on Monday. Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will lead the discussion. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

CDOT shows results of not buckling up

Drivers and passengers are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle if they are not buckled up, said the Colorado Department of Transportation in a press release.

With that statistic in mind, CDOT has developed three eye-catching exhibits to spark the seat belt conversation in Pueblo County, which has the lowest seat belt use in the state. Using crash test dummies, the “Ejection Exhibits” simulate, but clearly show, the deadly consequences that can happen when vehicle occupants don’t wear their seat belts.

“Not taking the few seconds to put on a seat belt can have disastrous results, including ejection through the windshield, which is an often deadly consequence for unrestrained occupants,” Carol Gould, highway safety manager for CDOT, said in a statement. In the past two years, 18 (60 percent) of the 30 passenger vehicle fatalities in Pueblo County occurred when the occupants weren’t buckled up.

Paper seeks photo submission from readers

The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child’s birthday party, submit them to

Photos must be at least one megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo, along with the date and place it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

County to conduct pest control through October

Moffat County will conduct mosquito larva control daily through October.

Due to the unusually high amount of rain this year, standing water is everywhere. This additional mosquito habitat makes it impractical to aerial spray before the end of June.

Aerial spraying for broad area adult mosquitoes took place June 30 through July 3 in the city of Craig and surrounding county areas.

Spraying times will be on a weather-permitting basis, early morning or early evening.

County crews treat the golf course from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday through Friday. Loudy-Simpson Park is treated at the conclusion of each treatment schedule. Adult and larva work is conducted at Shadow Mountain and Maybell on an as-needed basis.

While the department tries to treat Loudy-Simpson Park and the golf course during times when people aren’t present, if you do notice the department spraying in the area, avoid coming into contact with the spray.

Special events and circumstances occasionally alter schedules.

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