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Craig briefs: Good news for drivers: Gas prices dipping still

Good news for motorists in the Rockies and West Coast: a dramatic drop in gasoline prices is coming, according to GasBuddy. The organization expects that a dramatic wholesale slide will soon translate into much cheaper fuel prices in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada, with some aggressive retailers likely to post $3 per gallon or lower pump prices. Already, some stations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona are under $3 per gallon.  

The latest drop comes as global crude prices flirt with prices that are $25 barrel below spring highs. Additional factors include slumping gasoline demand, a return to cheaper winter blends of gasoline and booming United States oil production.

GasBuddy projects that average gasoline prices in the West Coast and Rocky Mountain region will decline 15 to 30 cents per gallon from their current level during the next two months as refineries finish maintenance, putting even more downward pressure on retail gasoline prices.

Booklet provides 2014 election information

Evaluations of 146 judges standing for retention in the 2014 general election are included in the 2014 State Ballot Information Booklet, published by the Legislative Council and commonly referred to as the "Blue Book," which began arriving at Colorado households recently, according to a press release.

The Blue Book is an informational booklet that includes the evaluations of the judges standing for retention; it also provides voters with analysis and arguments for and against every statewide ballot measure. It is mailed to every Colorado household with a registered voter.

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Evaluation results completed by local commissions on judicial performance are published as a narrative to provide voters information about the performance and background of each justice or judge appearing on the ballot. The narrative, recommendation and a copy of performance survey results for each justice and judge is also published on the Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation website at http://www.coloradojudicialperformance.gov. On the website, voters also will find information about Colorado's judicial performance evaluation program, processes and history.

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 number of 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.

Hunters mind national monument regulations

With the arrival of hunting seasons on lands surrounding Dinosaur National Monument, hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted in the monument. Although most of the monument boundary is well marked, hunters are responsible for ensuring they do not hunt within the monument.

The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibits the killing or removal of any animal, living or dead, and any animal parts, including shed antlers, from federal lands within the monument without authorization.

Violators will be prosecuted and are subject to penalties including fines, jail, restitution and the forfeiture of vehicles, equipment and personal property associated with the violations. 

Call rangers at 970-629-8683 or 970-629-2707. If unsuccessful with either number, call the Craig Regional Dispatch at 970-824-6501 for Colorado.

Elementary PAC Coffee benefit runs until Oct. 17

This year's coffee sponsor for the Ridgeview Elementary Parent Association Committee is Colorado's own Boyer's Coffee. Students will sell the coffee from Oct. 3 through 17. All funds go back to the students in the form of classroom items needed; math, music and art programs; and family involvement nights like Science Night. Expected delivery date of the coffee is Nov. 12, just in time for the holidays. If you have questions, email PAC coordinator Mindy Baker at mindyrb@ymail.com.