Craig briefs: Gas prices continue to fall across Colorado |

Craig briefs: Gas prices continue to fall across Colorado

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.86 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That’s compared with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.05 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Craig gas prices remain above the state average at $2.29 per gallon.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices on Sunday were 135 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 55 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 39.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 124.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“The light at the end of the tunnel is dimming as gasoline prices have nearly caught up with the drop in crude oil prices,” Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, said in a statement. “Last week saw a rally in oil prices Wednesday, before caving again Thursday, then rallying again Friday — a sign that perhaps we’ve seen a bottom in oil prices, and perhaps thus a bottom in gasoline prices as well.”

Analyst will continue to keep an eye on low-cost fuel.

“We’ll certainly be watching the price of oil during this shortened trading week, and if oil fails to continue declining, it’s likely that it won’t get much better at the pump. And while that may sound negative, it certainly has been a great ride for motorists: the national average stands some $1.24 per gallon lower than a year ago, and just one in 20 stations has a price over $2.50 per gallon, while last year saw 100 percent of stations over that level. The bright spot remains, however, for diesel consumers. Diesel prices have eclipsed the decline in gasoline prices, with prices averaging a drop twice that of gasoline in the last week. Diesel now sells for an average of $2.89 per gallon and will fall another 10 to 25 cents per gallon in the next few weeks,” DeHaan said.

Some quick gasoline price statistics as of Monday:

■ Missouri has the lowest state average in the country; at $1.75 per gallon, it is one of 26 states averaging less than $2 per gallon.

■ There is only one state averaging more than $3 per gallon: Hawaii ($3.32).

■ In the lower 48 states, California has the highest average at $2.49, followed by New York at $2.49.

■ Every state has a lower average today than the same day last year. Michigan, at $1.91 today, has seen the biggest drop from the same day last year, down $1.40 from its Jan.19, 2014, average.

YVEA to host a grand opening for solar array

Yampa Valley Electric Association will host a grand opening celebration for the community-owned solar array.

Energy Collective, a Colorado-based group that aims to provide clean power generation to people regardless of housing ownership status, partnered with YVEA to build a solar garden in Craig.

The garden is an effort between the city of Craig, CEC and YVEA.

Learn more about community solar and meet fellow renewable energy enthusiasts right at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Clarion Inn & Suites.

Community Square Dance to take place on Jan. 30

A Community Square Dance will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion on Jan. 30.

Everyone in the community is invited. Pat and Wanda McBride, experienced teacher callers, will visit from Grand Junction to help with the event. Also, Mrs. McCormick’s P.E. classes from Sunset Elementary will perform a dance they have learned. For more information, call Betta Boatright at 970-824-2046.

Poker run to offer fun activity for charity

The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club will sponsor its annual Poker Run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Freeman Reservoir Trailhead Parking Lot on Jan. 31. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Card stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for each hand or $25 for three. Proceeds go to the local students scholarship fund. An awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. at the O.P. Bar & Grill, dinner will be available for purchase and prizes will be awarded at 7 p.m.

Coffee event will cover the Elkhead Reservoir

The Craig Daily Press will host its next Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m., Feb. 4 at The Memorial Hospital. The topic of conversation will surround the non-native fish issue at Elkhead Reservoir. Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will moderate the discussion. The event is open to the public. Free coffee and pasteries will be served.

For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Connections 4 Kids to host children’s art show

Connections 4 Kids, the early childhood council of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties, is hosting its fourth annual Cherish the Little Things children’s art show from Feb. 12 to 14, according to a news release from the organization.

The show will feature more than 300 pieces of art created by Moffat County youths in preschool through high school. The show will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 12; 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 13; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, including during downtown Craig’s annual ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, at The Center of Craig located at 601 Yampa Ave.

At the art show, community members may vote by their monetary donations on their favorite pieces among 20 finalists in preschool through fifth grade. The top vote-getter will be featured on the cover of the 2014-15 Connections 4 Kids calendar, which will feature important dates, activities and ideas for families and will be distributed throughout Moffat County. The next top 12 vote-getters will each be placed on their own month, while the seven runners-up will be featured in a tiled fashion on the final month of the school year calendar.

Prints of the 20 finalist art pieces, on high-quality 11 by 17-inch paper, will be available for sale for $15 each. Ornaments, which double as tabletop art, featuring miniature versions of the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 finalist pieces on small easels will be for sale for $5 each.

Sponsorship opportunities for Cherish the Little Things children’s art show are still available at the $500, $350 and $150 levels. Proceeds from art show sponsorships, finalist voting, prints and ornaments will support Connections 4 Kids’ projects in its four areas of focus: health; early learning; social, emotional and mental health; and family support and parent education.

To sponsor Cherish the Little Things art show or for more information, call Betsy Overton at 970-824-1081.

A CPW program audit letters are forthcoming

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting an audit of registered properties in the Landowner Preference Program, formerly the Priority Landowner Preference Program, in 2015, according to a news release.

Some landowners may receive letters to clarify or confirm details of their registered properties. If issues are found these landowner registrations will be corrected or removed from participation.

As announced in a September press release, Colorado Senate Bill 13-188 changed the CPW Priority Landowner Preference Program to the Landowner Preference Program effective July 1, 2014. The new program replaces all previous landowner preference systems.

The program was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.

“One of the more significant changes made between the old and new program is increased oversight,” Steve Znamenacek, the CPW district wildlife manager overseeing the program and its implementation, said in a statement. “One mechanism for enhanced oversight is the use of audits.”

Participating landowners should keep in mind:

■ All grandfathered properties will be audited by July 1, 2016.

■ All properties will be audited at least once every five years.

■ If during the audit issues with the registration are found, landowners will be notified and registrations corrected or removed from participation.

CPW began audits of all registered properties in fall 2014 to ensure compliance with program property and animal-use requirements.

In order to apply for the program, private landowners must register deeded property of 160 contiguous acres or more with Parks and Wildlife by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the following year draw. All Priority Landowner Preference registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were transferred automatically into the Landowner Preference Program. For more information, go to 

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