Craig briefs: Moffat County Drug Court to graduate 3 |

Craig briefs: Moffat County Drug Court to graduate 3

The 14th Judicial District Drug Court in Moffat County announced that three participants are scheduled to graduate from the program at 5 p.m. Tuesday, which brings a total of 13 participants who will have graduated from the program since it was launched in January 2008.

Since its inception, 14th Judicial District Chief Judge Michael A. O’Hara III has presided over the Moffat County Drug Court program; in addition, Moffat County Court Judge Sandra Gardner regularly participates in the program.

“I continue to be impressed with the success of our drug court participants in Moffat County,” O’Hara said. “The program works for those willing to embrace it, and the participants, graduates and court staff are to be commended for their hard work and dedication.”

After Tuesday’s graduation, there will be four participants enrolled in the Moffat County Drug Court. Program participants receive intensive supervision, treatment and judicial oversight. The objective of this problem-solving court is to reduce future criminal activity and provide treatment options for offenders with substance dependence while promoting public safety.

The Moffat County Drug Court is a collaborative effort within the 14th Judicial District and includes the court, probation department, office of the district attorney, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Police Department and local treatment providers from Yampa Valley Counseling and Mind Springs Health. In addition, Communities Overcoming Methamphetamine Abuse, which subsequently disbanded, was instrumental in the formation and support of the drug court in Moffat County for many years.

20 miles of I-70 to be repaired by ski season

The Colorado Department of Transportation and APC Southern will begin work next week on a paving project along Interstate 70 in Eagle, Summit and Clear Creek counties, according to a news release.

Work will begin with repaving the I-70 right hand climbing lanes on Vail Pass in three locations between mile markers 178.7 and 215.5.

The project will originate along eastbound I-70 near Vail and progress toward the summit of Vail Pass. Crews will remove and replace the top 2 inches of asphalt in more than 10 miles in the right lane; they also will replace the barrier, restripe the lanes and reinforce some of the drainage culverts under the interstate. The new asphalt will level the highway, creating a smoother driving surface for travelers. This safety improvement project, weather permitting, is expected to be completed by late October.

In mid-September, the paving activities are scheduled to shift to paving the eastbound climbing lanes of I-70 from Silverthorne to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Crews will work to remove and replace 2 inches of the existing roadway for an additional 10 miles. The paving in the tunnels will use an innovative warm mix asphalt paving ideal for the unique conditions of the tunnel. The warm mix is ideal for the cooler temperatures, the altitude and the enormous fans that ventilate the tunnel. It also has a reduced amount of fumes in comparison to the traditional hot mix asphalt, making it more suitable for construction in confined spaces.

Travel impacts: Normal working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and potential paving operations at the tunnel parking lots Fridays. The speed limit through the construction zone will be reduced to 45 mph. Upon the completion of the climbing lanes, night work is scheduled to occur in the Eisenhower Tunnel for approximately one week in September. All lanes in both directions of the tunnel bores will be repaved.

For additional questions or comments about the project, call 970-401-8001 or email

Life jackets required for all Colorado watercraft

There’s still time to enjoy water sports, and all watercraft owners are reminded to know the rules for carrying life jackets on board.

All water vessels — power boats, pontoon boats, paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, canoes, rowboats, etc. — must carry one life jacket for every passenger on board. All passengers ages 12 and younger must wear a life jacket when aboard a vessel on the water.

Park rangers will write citations to boaters who are not abiding by the life-jacket rules. The fine is $52.50.

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