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Craig briefs: Moffat County alum drove school bus that caught on fire

A Caliche football team school bus caught fire Saturday on its way to a game in Greeley, and the bus driver was Teresa Kettle, a 1986 graduate of Moffat County High School.

No one was injured in the fire, and the football players and their equipment made it to the game unscathed and on time, but the bus was a complete loss.

A parent was following the bus and noticed that there were flames and flagged Kettle to pull over, according to Marie Kettle, mother of Teresa Kettle.

"Teresa had lost power in the bus, whatever the unit was, it spilled oil and caught on fire," Marie Kettle said. "You don't hear those accidents come out very well anymore."

Luckily, the Moffat County alumna and the students are fine. And investigation is ongoing to determine the exact cause of the fire.

Ridgeview PAC Coffee Fundraiser starts Friday
This year's coffee sponsor for the Ridgeview Elementary Parent Association Committee is Colorado's own Boyer's Coffee. Students will sell the coffee from Friday through Oct. 17. All funds go back to the students in the form of classroom items needed; math, music and art programs; and family involvement nights like Science Night. Expected delivery date of the coffee is Nov. 12, just in time for the holidays. If you have questions, email PAC coordinator Mindy Baker at mindyrb@ymail.com.

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Drop-in flu clinic slated for Thursday at Sunset

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer a drop-in flu clinic from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 at Sunset Elementary in Craig. Insurance cards are required for insured adults and children. For uninsured adults and children, cost is $21.50 for flu and other routine vaccines. Private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+, cash or check will be accepted. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 970-871-7624 for more information, or visit http://www.nwcovna.org/flu.php.

Fall is a great time to experience agriculture

The air is crisp, and hues of red, orange and yellow dot the landscape. There is no better place to enjoy fall in Colorado than on a farm or ranch. This time of year brings a variety of family events involving agriculture including pumpkin patches and corn mazes. To help people explore agritourism in the state, the Colorado Department of Agriculture lists a variety of seasonal activities online at http://www.coloradoagritourism.com, according to a press release.   

"Colorado's harvest continues well into the fall," Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said in a statement. "It really is a wonderful time to get out and enjoy our beautiful agricultural landscape and have a little fun, too."

Online resources include a list featuring corn mazes across the state as well as harvest festivals and pumpkin patches. The site also lists farmers markets, bird-watching trails, wineries, breweries, agricultural festivals, ranch vacations and more.

Pumpkin picking tips: When selecting your pumpkin, choose a gourd that is heavy for its size, clean and well-shaped with no cracks in the rind, and avoid those with soft spots or decay. More than just a beautiful decoration, pumpkins are nutritious. They are fat free, sodium free, a good source of vitamin C and an excellent source of vitamin A.

For more information, visit http://www.coloradoagritourism.com or call 303-869-9175.

Colorado gas prices drop in the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.49 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has increased 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34 per gallon, according to gasoline price website http://www.gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 1.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 14.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 8.5 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"Hard to believe, but in a week that saw U.S. airstrikes on Iraq targeting ISIS terrorism, the resulting 'spike' in crude oil prices was barely a ripple," http://www.gasbuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski said in a statement. "The benchmark West Texas Intermediate ended the week just $2 per barrel higher than it started. Undoubtedly, robust U.S. oil production this year has greatly reduced the potential volatility in global markets that such events would have otherwise induced."

GasBuddy operates http://www.coloradogasprices.com and more than 250 similar websites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app that has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.

Craig Photography Club meets Thursday

Craig Photography Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Downtown Books, 543 Yampa Ave. Professionals and amateurs are welcome to attend. The club meets the first Thursday of each month to critique photography and plan field trips. For more information, contact club President Patti Mosbey at 970-629-1098.