Craig Briefs: Free admission to State Parks is offered Aug. 5 |

Craig Briefs: Free admission to State Parks is offered Aug. 5

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on Aug. 5 by offering free entrance at all 42 state parks, according to a press release. Colorado Day was created by the state Legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition, the release said.

All other fees, including camping and reservations, will remain in effect on that day. For more information, go to

AAA reminds drivers to care for their batteries

The hot temperatures that have climbed above 90 degrees can take a toll on car batteries, and AAA Colorado reminds drivers to conduct basic battery care by doing the following:

■ Ensure that battery cables have a clean and tight connection to battery terminals. Dirty, loose connections constrict the flow of current and are a common cause of battery troubles.

■ Have a qualified technician check the battery fluid level. Most batteries are maintenance-free, but battery fluid level still can run low, leading to oxidation and a dead battery.

■ Have the electrical charging system tested at the same time as the battery. A faulty alternator is one of the most common causes of battery failure.

■ If you go weeks without driving your vehicle, get a trickle charger to keep the battery in good shape while it’s garaged. Most vehicles have electronic components such as security systems and clock and radio settings that drain a small amount of energy even when the car is turned off, often as much as 1 to 2 percent per day in optimal temperatures. In time, that small amount of constant drain on the battery adds up and can lead to a dead battery.

County to participate in Philanthropy Days

Online registration now is open for the Northwest Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days conference slated for Sept. 25 through 27 at Winter Park Resort.

The Northwest region for RPD represents five counties: Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt. Event organizers are hoping to expand the turnout this year, hosted every four years in each region throughout the state, according to a press release.

The 2013 theme for RPD is “Making Tracks; Connecting past and building a future.” The events provide trainings for staff and directors; forums with Front Range funders and government representatives about the region’s achievements and challenges; informal networking for face time with funders; capacity building workshops; inspiring speakers; and a new youth track, the release said.

Registration includes three days of meals, including a barbecue dinner at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex. To learn more, view a complete event agenda and register online, go to http://www.north

County seeks to address resident’s unmet needs

The Moffat County Collaborative Council for Children and Families is seeking input from parents to identify the community’s unmet needs for children and families.

The mission of the council is to improve the safety and well being of Moffat County children and families through collaboration and education with families, the community and stakeholders.

Parents can access the survey online at http://www.surveymonkey.

com/s/mocofamilies. Participants are asked to complete only one survey per family. Input from spouses and children is encouraged.

Humane Society lowers adult pet adoption cost

The Humane Society of Moffat County has lowered its animal adoption cost to $75, which includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and a feline leukemia test.

The cost to adopt kittens and puppies remains $115.

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