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Craig briefs Libraries closed Monday to observe Memorial Day

All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday. If you have any questions, call the library at 970-824-5770.

Senior center asking residents to design logo

In its progress to provide a central location for present and future activities of seniors in Craig and Moffat County, the interim board needs to have a logo for an instant visual identity of its new name: Senior Social Center. The mission statement of the center is "to establish a permanent accessible gathering place to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens through socialization, exercise, creativity and education."

The competition will involve public voting on submissions at Whittle the Wood Rendezvous, June 11 through 14 at Loudy-Simpson Park. The logo will be used for stationery and signs, but the only prize is the recognition of the artist in news releases and publicity. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. June 9. Turn submissions in to any board member or mail them to P.O. Box 591, Craig, CO 81625. The members of the interim board are Evelyn Tileston, Jackie Camp, Eldon Holland, Norma Levitt, Jean Jones, JoAnn Baxter and Kathy Fegan.

NRCS hosts program for ag energy efficiency

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado is participating in a pilot program aimed at sharing information about the numerous resources available to producers interested in increasing energy efficiency. The collaborative effort will bring existing resources and partners together while leveraging new opportunities aimed at making energy efficiency easy, according to a press release.

"According to the Colorado Energy Office's 2013 Market Research Report, energy costs account for 7 percent of the Colorado agricultural industry's overall expenses. The dairy and irrigation sectors represent the greatest potential for savings, as irrigation was responsible for 50 percent of the total electric expenses in 2008 for Colorado's agricultural sector," the report stated.

The pilot program will be implemented in two phases. The first phase will consist of a series of energy assessments and audits on 12 agricultural operations across the northeastern portion of the state, and the second will consist of the implementation of energy efficiency improvements identified in the assessment and audits on at least two dairy operations and two powered irrigation systems. Phase 1 is slated to be complete by September 2014.

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Other organizations participating in the pilot include Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, Colorado Rural Electric Association, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Rural Development and the Western Dairy Association. For more information about NRCS, visit http://www.co.nrcs.usda.gov, and for more information about the agency's participation in the energy pilot, call Gene Backhaus at 720-544-2868.

Class of 1994 reunion slated for June 13, 14

The Moffat County High School Class of 1994 is holding its 20th class reunion June 13 and 14. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/mchs1994reunion?ref=h1 or call Jaime at 970-629-5440; Marci at 970-629-5096; Cameron at 970-629-5978; or Stacey at 970-629-0880.

Driving under effects of marijuana is illegal

As new laws based on Amendment 64 continue to regulate recreational marijuana, the Colorado State Patrol reminds motorists that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal.

Recent changes, which loosen rules governing the purchase, possession and consumption of marijuana by adults who are 21 and older, do not mitigate the responsibility to drive sober at all times.

All CSP troopers are trained in the detection of impairment from alcohol, drugs and other substances. Also, many troopers have received additional training as certified drug recognition experts. During the course of a traffic contact, any driver suspected of driving while impaired by marijuana may be asked to complete voluntary roadside maneuvers and submit to a chemical test. Refusal of a chemical test results in stricter penalties than compliance.

Troopers actively will seek and arrest impaired drivers. The increased vigilance leading into 2014 underscores the agency's ongoing commitment to combating impaired driving through intelligence-led enforcement strategies across the state.