Craig briefs: Kids fishing clinic to be held in Steamboat |

Craig briefs: Kids fishing clinic to be held in Steamboat

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will host a “Kids Fishing Clinic” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6 at Steamboat Lake State Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The event is for young anglers between age 6 and 12. Kids learn the basics of fishing from Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, including fish identification, casting, cleaning their catch and rules and regulations. For more information, call 970-870-2197 or visit

AAA reminds drivers to conduct maintenance

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 can still 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.

Reading programs available at library

Moffat County Libraries recently launched 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program intended to prepare children to learn to read upon entering school, according to a news release. Families are asked to sign up before their child enters kindergarten, and the library will provide reading logs to track reading. Children will receive a free book when the family reaches certain reading milestones. Families who read 1,000 books to their child before he or she reaches kindergarten have successfully completed the program.

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