Craig briefs: McDonald’s to host Night Out programming |

Craig briefs: McDonald’s to host Night Out programming

McDonald’s to host Night Out programming

National Night Out is a nationwide program that promotes community safety awareness, crime prevention techniques and law enforcement-community partnerships for a safer America, according to a news release.

From 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, members of the Advocates Crisis Support Services, BLM, Craig Fire/Rescue, Craig Regional Communication Center, Craig Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Memorial Hospital, Moffat County Sheriff’s Department and Reaching Out Preventing Suicide, will be at the Craig McDonald’s with the following activities:

■ Lots of free stuff and activities for the kids, including Frisbees and ice cream

■ Emergency vehicle demonstrations

■ Ronald McDonald show

■ Eddie Eagle, Red E Fox, Buck the Trooper, McGruff and Smokey Bear

■ Free child ID kits

■ Car seat safety inspections and safety material

■ Safety and crime prevention brochures

■ Water safety information

■ Information on new available community programs including Anti-Theft Dots and MYPD App

Tuesday evening, residents are being asked to leave their porch lights on as a national symbol against crime.

Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss health care

This month, Publisher Renee Campbell and Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will focus on the increased competition for health care between The Memorial Hospital and Yampa Valley Medical Center. YVMC announced recently it will move into the old Safeway building, consolidating all its clinics in Craig under one roof. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Volunteers needed for trail project by Meeker

MEEKER — Volunteers are needed Saturday to help expand the popular hiking and biking trail system adjacent to Meeker, according to a news release.

Volunteers will join the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Mountain Club and Conservation Colorado in constructing about one half-mile of the new East Ridge Trail. The section traverses a scenic ridge above Meeker with expansive views of the White River Valley.

“Volunteers will play a key role in helping us expand this seven-mile trail system to more than 11 miles,” Aaron Grimes, BLM outdoor recreation planner, said in a statement. “It will be a fun day in a very scenic area.”

Participants will meet at 8 a.m. at the Sanderson Hills Park parking lot before hiking two miles of moderately steep trails to reach the work site. Trail tasks will vary to accommodate all abilities.

Participants should bring lunch and water, long pants, hat, sunscreen and a rain jacket. Work tools, gloves, radios and first aid kits will be provided. Participants younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Grimes at 970-878-3800.

BLM advises to ‘learn before you burn’

It doesn’t take long for fire danger to increase once snow begins to melt, according to a news release from the Bureau of Land Management. Combine that with warm, windy conditions, and brush and grass dry out quickly. A wind-whipped fire in quick-burning, dormant vegetation can cause a burn to easily become uncontrollable.

Federal and state land management agencies obtain weather forecasts from the National Weather Service before igniting any controlled burn, and so should residents. Your local National Weather Service office can be contacted 24 hours a day at 970-243-7007 or visit its website at” for fire weather forecasts.

Fire has been used as a land management tool for generations. It’s used to clear land of debris and excess plant material, promote grass regeneration and replenish nutrients to the soil. While spring offers optimal burn conditions, dead vegetation can carry fire through green plants and pose control issues, especially on windy days. Observing the following tips will provide a safer environment for debris and agricultural burning.

■ Contact your local county sheriff’s office before burning, and obtain required burn permits.

■ Call the National Weather Service at 970-243-7007, and get the predicted weather conditions for your burn day.

■ Don’t burn on windy days.

■ Notify your neighbors of your plans to burn.

■ Ready water and equipment — Have a reliable water source and have shovels, rakes and equipment on hand.

■ Establish fire breaks — create fire lines by digging to bare dirt and removing flammable material.

■ Try to burn into the wind as this will slow the rate of spread and makes the fire easier to manage.

■ Don’t leave fires unattended.

■ Have plenty of help.

■ Ensure the fire is out cold before leaving the area; smoldering embers have ignited unattended fires.

■ Call 911 if fire burns out of control — the longer you wait, the bigger the fire becomes.

Remember, your fire is your responsibility. Should an agricultural or debris fire damage other private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the cost of the damage and impacts.

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