Craig briefs: Grand Olde West Days is Memorial Day weekend |

Craig briefs: Grand Olde West Days is Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be one of the biggest in Craig in recent memory, with activities and events far beyond the typical fare set to entertain locals and visitors to Northwest Colorado.

Grand Olde West Days runs from Friday through Monday, spanning the weekend with all of its excitement ready to take over the town once again. GOWD starts with a kickoff concert Friday night and continues with tons of activities in downtown Craig on Memorial Day.

For a second straight year, the Wild West Weekend will pair up with Grand Olde West Days, offering a wide variety of rodeo-centric activities at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. It begins with a dinner Friday evening before getting down to business Saturday, with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Camp in the morning and all rodeo competitions all day.

Saturday’s festivities will conclude with a barn dance at the fairgrounds, featuring music from the band Smokin’ Gun.

Adding to the rodeo fun of the Wild West Weekend, Craig will be the host city for the junior high and high school state rodeo finals. With the first round Friday, the second Sunday and the short go Monday, it will be a packed holiday weekend.

Best of Moffat County contest starts Monday

The Craig Daily Press is kicking off its annual Best of Moffat County contest Monday. The contest runs through June 2. The newspaper has added a new element to the 2014 contest — participants can vote everyday through and June 2. Every reader who participates by voting will be entered into a drawing to win $500 in Craig Chamber of Commerce Spree Bucks. To vote for the 2014 Best of Moffat County, go to

Transmission Project comment period to end

The comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the 400-mile Energy Gateway South Transmission Project is set to close Thursday. The Bureau of Land Management has encouraged interested individuals to review the project and comment.

PacifiCorp, doing business as Rocky Mountain Power, is proposing to construct, maintain and operate the Energy Gateway South Transmission Project that would result in constructing a 412-mile, 500-kilovolt, overhead, alternating-current transmission line extending from south-central Wyoming to central Utah. When completed, the project would transmit about 1,500 megawatts of electricity generated from facilities in Wyoming.

The Draft EIS is available to download on the BLM’s project website at Comments may be submitted to the BLM by email to or by mail to Energy Gateway South Project, Bureau of Land Management, P.O. Box 21150, Cheyenne, WY 82003.

Horse tests positive for equine herpes in state

A horse in Colorado has tested positive for equine herpes. The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has notified Colorado Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian’s Office that the horse showing signs consistent with equine herpes myeloencephalitis May 14 has tested positive for EHV-1. The horse was euthanized because of complications from the neurologic form of EHV-1.

A second horse that resided with the EHV-1 positive horse has developed a fever and is considered a suspect case but is not displaying any neurologic signs at this time. This second horse attended some of the same events within the rodeo/barrel racing circuit as the original horse. Because of these developments and the recent history of other EHV-1 cases in other states, the state veterinarian’s office in Colorado recommends that equine event organizers and horse owners competing in the rodeo/barrel racing circuit exercise extreme caution with regards to the planning and holding of equine events.

“Disease prevention practices and good biosecurity should be implemented,” state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr said in a statement. “Owners should consider the risk for exposure to EHV-1 at upcoming events to be elevated, and owners may want to consider keeping their horses at home to limit their individual risk.”

The EHV-1 positive horse and its stable mates have traveled to events in Colorado during the past few weeks, and there is a potential link to other horses that have attended the National High School Rodeo and Colorado Junior Rodeo Association events located in:

■ Henderson (April 26 and 27)

■ Eagle (May 2 to 4)

■ Rocky Ford (May 10 and 11)

The Colorado State Veterinarian’s office is in the process of contacting all Colorado contestants involved in these events.

Symptoms include fever, decreased coordination, nasal discharge, urine dribbling, loss of tail tone, hind limb weakness, leaning against a wall or fence to maintain balance, lethargy and the inability to rise. While there is no cure, the symptoms of the disease may be treatable. EHV-1 is not transmissible to people; it can be a serious disease of horses that can cause respiratory, neurologic disease and death.