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Craig briefs: Moffat County Libraries closed for Memorial Day

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

Pioneer Picnic takes place today in Hayden

The Annual Routt County Pioneer Picnic will be held in Hayden and hosted by the Hayden Heritage Center museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. It will feature a potluck lunch, which starts at noon. Guests are asked to bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share. Main dish, lemonade and ice tea will be provided. The guest speaker for the event will be local historian and author Paul Bonnifield. The Museum and gift shop will be open with a number of new exhibits. There will be sidewalk chalk art to do (chalk provided) and face painting for kids. This is a free event.

For more information, contact Laurel Watson at 970-276-4380 or haydenmuseum@zirkel.us or visit our web page at http://www.haydenheritagecenter.org.

CPW announces Free Fishing Weekend

Colorado fishing enthusiasts can cast their line without a license from June 7 to 8.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife announced Free Fishing Weekend to encourage anglers to get out and enjoy the parks.

"Colorado certainly offers tremendous fishing opportunities," Aquatic Section Manager Greg Gerlich said in a statement. "However, we know that there are many people that have thought about it but for whatever reason have not bought a license. With a chance to fish for free, they may see how enjoyable an experience it can be, then maybe they'll decide to buy a license and enjoy it year-round."

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While licenses will not be necessary that weekend, standard fishing regulations — that can be found in the 2014 Colorado Fishing Brochure — still will apply.

Sunset Meadows raising money for senior gardens

Sunset Meadows tenants are trying to raise $4,000 for six aeroponic gardens. With the soil-free system, seniors will be able to grow and harvest their own organic fruit, vegetables and herbs year-round.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Sunset Meadow I at 633 Ledford St., Craig, CO 81625.

CDOT seeks comment on public transportation

There will be an open house discussion at 5 p.m. Wednesday about how CDOT can improve the connectivity between the Western Slope and the Front Range.

CDOT will host questions and conversations about the current transportation system, what gaps there are, what future requirements will be and how much money will be needed to get a more thorough system on its feet.

What comes from the meeting — along with the information gathered from several other meetings conducted across the state — will help CDOT develop its integrated transportation plan that's expected to be completed in early 2014.

The meeting will take place at the Grand Valley Transit Operations Building in Grand Junction.

Colorado State Patrol: Don't drink and drive

Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are working together to promote the Summer of Safety campaign, which encourages residents to not drink while driving or operating vehicles.

"Nearly two hundred people died in alcohol-related motor-vehicle crashes in 2013," said Colonel Scott Hernandez, chief of Colorado State Patrol in a statement. "Our most dangerous season for drunk driving continues to be Memorial Day through Labor Day. Motorists need to know we will be out in force, finding and arresting impaired drivers who threaten the safety of others."

CPW Director Bob Broscheid pressed that it is important to drive boats sober, as well.

"We are working everyday to help visitors and residents enjoy Colorado's outdoor recreation safely so that they can return to play another day," he said.