Craig Briefs: Free workplace anger seminar today at CNCC |

Craig Briefs: Free workplace anger seminar today at CNCC

A free seminar about “How to handle an upset or agitated employee” is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today in Colorado Northwestern Community College Academic Building Room 175.

The seminar will be presented by Tom Gangel, of Colorado West Mental Health. Topics will include: how to de-escalate a situation when tempers flare; strategies for identifying the causes of agitation and methods to reduce pressure-filled interactions; keys to recognizing the signs of an employee in need; techniques for reducing or eliminating conflict and anger in the workplace; and methods to lower tension levels when delivering negative performance feedback.

The seminar is recommended for supervisors, office managers and human resource professionals. RSVP to 970-879-3075 or

Republicans’ Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler will be the keynote speaker at the Moffat County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn of Craig.

The event kicks off with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at approximately 6:30 p.m. The cost is $50 a person. Tickets are available at T&H Auto Parts, Pam Designs and by calling Moffat County Republican Party Chairwoman Brandi Meek at 970-629-9762.

Dinosaur campsites are closed because of bears

Two campsites at Dinosaur National Monument are closed until further notice because of black bear activity.

The Ely Creek backcountry campsites, located along the Jones Hole Trail, are a popular destination for anglers and hikers, and although Dinosaur doesn’t seem like the most ideal habitat for bears, several black bear sightings have been reported to monument officials during the past several weeks, according to a Dinosaur National Monument news release.

“In an effort to reduce interactions between people and the bear and to reduce the possibility that the bear will get and become habituated to human food, we have decided to close the campground at least temporarily,” Dinosaur Superintendent Mary Risser said in the release. “Park staff will not take reservations for the campsites, and any existing reservations are canceled.”

Although the campsites are closed until further notice, the Jones Hole Trail, as well as the Jones Hole river campsites, will remain open, the release states. The Jones Hole river campsites are reserved for river rafters until September.

Visitors to the Jones Hole Trail are encouraged to be on the lookout for black bears and to report any sightings to staff at the visitors center or at a ranger station. All monument visitors are reminded to store food, camp coolers and other items in bear-proof storage boxes or to hang such items from a tree to keep bears from becoming accustomed to human food.

For more information, call 435-781-7702.

Monday registration set for football camp

Registration for the Moffat County Football Camp is from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the MCHS football field. The camp is for rising seventh- to ninth-graders.

The $80 cost includes an entire summer of weights camp, speed-training work, conditioning, 7-on-7s and Under Armour workout gear.

Annual Spring Fling slated for Thursday

The Moffat County Education Association hosts the annual Spring Fling in recognition of this year’s scholarship recipient and retirees. 

The celebration is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Current and past staff of the Moffat County School District are welcome to attend.

Residents are reminded about rules for burning

The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit and the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office is reminding residents about guidelines for agriculture and debris burning.

Grasses are green, but brush and timber are not, and the dead vegetation in grass and brush will carry fire through green plants and can pose fire control issues, according to a news release.

Follow these recommendations for safer burning:

■ Contact the Sheriff’s Office in advance at 970-824-4495 or 970-824-6501.

■ Don’t burn on windy days and know the forecast weather conditions for your burn day (available at

■ Notify your neighbors so they don’t call in a fire report.

■ Have a shovel and water nearby to extinguish the fire.

■ Dig a fire line where you want the fire to stop.

■ Never leave a fire unattended.

If an agricultural or debris fire damages private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the costs.

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