Craig briefs: Memorial Day DUI enforcement starts Friday |

Craig briefs: Memorial Day DUI enforcement starts Friday

As Coloradans tuck away their winter gear and swimwear for Memorial Day weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement statewide are ready for the next The Heat Is On DUI enforcement period. DUI arrests traditionally rise during the holiday weekend and increased patrols are necessary to keep roads safe. The intensified patrols begin today and run until Tuesday. A total of 78 law enforcement agencies across the state will participate.

“Between 2007 and 2015, there were 67 traffic fatalities on Colorado roads during Memorial Day weekends,” Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, said in a statement. “Of those 67 fatalities, an alarming 41 (61 percent) were alcohol related. The need for The Heat Is On enforcement periods is clearly evident, particularly over Memorial Day weekend.”

Last year, 301 arrests were made during the five-day enforcement period.

Coffee and a Newspaper planned for Wednesday

Join the Craig Daily Press at 7 a.m. on Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital for its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper event. In June, the newspaper will discuss retail marijuana with Craig residents and law enforcement. What would it take to get retail marijuana legalized in Craig? For more information, call 970-875-1788. Free coffee and pastries will be provided.

Area suicide prevention seminar set for Tuesday

Moffat County United Way and Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide have partnered to offer a Community Suicide Awareness Training seminar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clarion Inn & Suites in Craig, located at 300 S. Highway 13. The training is free, and community members are encouraged to attend.

“Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in Question, Persuade, and Refer learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help,” states the program’s flier.

For more information, call Amanda Arnold at 970-824-6222, or Meghan Francone at 970-846-8182.

Free Community Dinner: June 3 in downtown

Yampa Valley Young Professionals have teamed up with the Downtown Business Association to offer a free Yampa Valley Community Dinner to Craig residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. June 3 at Alice Pleasant Park in Downtown Craig. Live entertainment and a cash only beer garden will also be available until 9 p.m. The event is part of DBA’s Friday Fest that will feature a farmers market from 4 to 7 p.m. each Friday.

For more information, call Kirstie McPherson at 970-629-5915.

Storm spotter training offered to Craig, area

Those interested in severe thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes are invited to the free storm spotter training at Steamboat Today building in Steamboat Springs on June 6, or the training session at the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig on June 7. These two-hour basic storm spotter classes will start at 6 p.m. In Steamboat Springs, the training will be followed by an optional advanced class from 8 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the National Weather Service in Grand Junction 970-243-7007 or visit

Newspaper launches new mobile application

The Craig Daily Press launched its new app in April. The app is available for both Apple and Android users.

The app offers users an opportunity to read the newspaper’s e-edition, receive push notifications about breaking news and get the latest news published on the Daily Press website.

Visit Apple store or Android market to download the app.

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