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Craig briefs: EPA to visit Craig for panel discussion on coal

Moffat County Commissioner John Kinkaid has organized a listening tour — hosted by the county — during which members of the Environmental Protection Agency in Region 8 will visit Craig on Sept. 10 and 11.

A panel discussion will take place Sept. 10, giving the community an opportunity to share their stories about the coal industry with EPA representatives.

The goal is to show the governmental agency that the coal industry is alive and well in Northwest Colorado and that Tri-State Generation and Transmission — owner of Craig Station — is a compliant company.

On Sept. 11, EPA representatives will tour Craig Station and one of the coal mines, Kinkaid said. The Craig Daily Press will provide more detailed information to readers once it becomes available.

Driving under effects of marijuana is illegal

As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Recent changes, which loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults who are 21 and older, do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.

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All CSP troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.

Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers. The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency's ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.

Colorado receives grant for outdoors work

The state of Colorado received a $750,000 award this month through the Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for establishing and enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities, according to a press release.

"This award ensures we can continue to broaden and strengthen Colorado's outdoor recreation community," Bob Broscheid, Colorado Parks and Wildlife director, said in a statement.

The award is disbursed to local governments through an annual grant cycle administered by the Colorado State Trails Program within Parks and Wildlife. Applications are analyzed and scored based upon priorities outlined in Colorado's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays through the year. As the sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647 or Randy Morton at 970-620-1326.