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Craig briefs: Fire officials: Drier conditions likely for holiday

The National Weather Service is forecasting an upcoming drying trend, which follows an extended period of spring moisture.

Although that moisture was needed, it also produced an abundance of grass that is now beginning to cure and dry out at lower elevations, the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit reported in a news release.

“Fire danger to this point has been low overall,” said Mark Rogers, a fire management officer. “But, if we get a few days of warm, windy weather, vegetation will dry out in a hurry, especially the smaller fine fuels. This will also move us into higher fire danger.”

Fire officials are encouraging people to be careful with all outdoor fires. When building a campfire, remember to:

• Build it in a cleared area free of flammable material.

• Keep it as small as possible.

• Bring a shovel and bucket to extinguish the fire with dirt and water until it’s cold to the touch.

• Never leave a campfire unattended. It is illegal to do so.

Taxpayers must pay balance on 2008 taxes

Taxpayers who filed their 2008 income tax return, had a balance due on their return and did not submit a payment will soon receive a notice of their due balance in the mail, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Revenue.

In all cases where there is a delay in payment, penalty and interest will be charged on the amount due, the department reported.

When the balance due notice is received, taxpayers have the option of paying the full balance due or setting up a payment plan.

If the taxpayer wants to pay the full balance due, payment must be made by the due date printed on the due notice to avoid additional late fees.

Payments can be mailed to: Colorado Department of Revenue, 1375 Sherman St., Denver, CO, 80621-0004.

Wide load transporting in Moffat on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Midwest Specialized will be moving a 22-foot-wide coalmine bed box from the Wyoming state line on Colorado Highway 13 to County Road 10 in Moffat County.

The move will begin at 9 a.m.

Tea Party Patriots plan holiday demonstrations

The Northwest Colorado Tea Party Patriots, a Craig organization, is planning demonstrations for the Fourth of July.

The Craig group has coordinated with the Steamboat Springs tea party group, the 1773 Club, for a “combined presence” in the Steamboat Springs parade, according to a news release from the organization.

Following the parade, there will be a demonstration on the old Routt County Courthouse lawn, on Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs.

Anyone interested in being in either the parade or courthouse lawn demonstrations is welcome to attend.

The Craig group will have a float decorated with red, white and blue.

There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Loudy-Simpson Park to go over details for the Steamboat Springs demonstrations.

Later on the Fourth of July, the Craig group will have a demonstration at the intersection of Finley Lane and Ninth Street, just below Moffat County High School. The start time for the demonstration in Craig is 8:30 p.m.

The Tea Party Patriots is a grass-roots, nonpartisan group concerned about the “increasing size and scope of governments, especially the federal government and its subsequent impacts on our lives and future,” the organization reported in the news release.


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