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Craig Briefs: Motorcyclist goes to hospital after crash

A traffic crash involving a motorcycle caused injuries Thursday at the intersection of School and Fourth streets.

A black motorcycle, driven by Scott Desjardins, 22, crashed into a pickup driven by the Juan Becerra, 43. Becerra had two passengers in his pickup at the time, 41-year-old Angelica Zaragoza and 17-year-old Veronica Becerra. Veronica suffered only minor injuries.

Desjardins was transported to The Memorial Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

The Craig Police Department suspects alcohol to have been a contributing factor in the crash.

MCHS Class of 1973 to hold reunion this month

The Class of 1973 is having its 40th class reunion Aug. 23 through 25. Participants meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 for a welcome luau at J.W. Snacks Bar & Grill. A barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24 at 779 Taylor St., and at 6 p.m. a dinner buffet will be served at the Holiday Inn of Craig. Live music will be on hand. Reunion patrons meet again at 10 a.m. Aug. 25 for breakfast at O.P. Bar & Grill.

Contact Irene (Maneotis) Kitzman for more information at 970-629-8107 or

Lease sale assessment available for comment 

Craig — The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office on Friday released a preliminary environmental assessment for public review that evaluates offering nine parcels totaling 7,435 acres north of Craig in its Feb. 13, 2014, competitive oil and gas lease sale, according to a news release.

These parcels are identified as available to oil and gas leasing under the current resource management plan for the Little Snake Field Office. The RMP identifies what restrictions or stipulations are included with the leases.

Nineteen additional parcels were nominated totaling 16,941 acres in priority greater sage-grouse habitat in Moffat County but will not be offered in this lease sale. Of the 7,435 acres being considered, 2,078 are BLM-managed surface and 5,357 are private lands with federal minerals.

The EA, a list of the parcels and the attached stipulations are available online at and at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig. 

Written comments must be received by Sept. 3 and may be submitted via email to or by mail to the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625.

For additional information on the February Oil and Gas Lease Sale, visit:


The state of Colorado receives 49 percent of the proceeds of each lease sale, according to the release. In fiscal year 2011, Colorado received more than $154 million from royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and gas. Statewide, there are more than 22,900 jobs tied to mineral and energy development on public lands.  

Crumb and Get It bake sale set for county fair

This year the Moffat County Fair will have a live auction for all of its baked goods from the open class entries. Proceeds will go to purchase a cooler to display baked goods during the fair. The auction will be held near the livestock barn at 3 p.m. Thursday, just before the swine show.

Field dressing class is set for Grand Junction

Grand Junction — With the big game hunting seasons approaching quickly, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer a free seminar to teach novice hunters how to care for their harvested animal from the field to the table at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the agency’s regional office at 711 Independent Ave. in Grand Junction.
Colorado hunting regulations require that all big game animals be prepared for human consumption as soon as possible after being harvested.

Other topics include deboning, quartering, the best cuts for table fare and suggestions for transporting the meat out of the field.
Registration for the class is required and is limited to the first 20 that sign-up. Visit

reg, or call 970-255-6100 to reserve your spot.

Free meals offered for those 18 and younger

Hunger Free Colorado will provide free summer meals for children 18 and younger from 11:20 a.m. to noon through Aug. 16 at Sandrock Elementary School located at 201 E. Ninth St. 

Meals are being offered through the Moffat County School District service department. For more information, call 970-826-6616 or 970-629-1796.

Colo. 317 repathing project underway

The Colorado Department of Transportion, Shell and Moffat County are resurfacing an 8.5-mile section of Colorado Highway 317 east of Hamilton. The resurfacing will take place between mile markers zero and 8 — a stretch of roadway from Colo. 13 east of Moffat County Road 37. Road crews will be repathing the highway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

The goal is to create a safter and smoother road, in addition to eliminating seasonal weight restrictions. Drivers can get weekly updates by emailing Jennifer Holmlund at or calling 970-314-0640.

Roadwork underway on Colo. 82 in El Jebel

Colorado Highway 82 in El Jebel will be resurfaced between Carbondale and El Jebel. Traffic delays and single-lane closures can be expected from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, according to CDOT. Traffic will not be impacted between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for traffic toward Aspen, and between 3 and 7 p.m. for down-valley traffic. There will be intersection closures at JW Drive then Valley Road. During these closures, traffic will be directed to use El Jebel Road and the eastern entrance of Valley Road. For information on this project, the public may call 970-510-0723 or email highway82.sur

Reading programs available at library

Moffat County Libraries recently launched 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program intended to prepare children to learn to read upon entering school, according to a news release.

Families are asked to sign up before their child enters kindergarten, and the library will provide reading logs to track reading.

Children will receive a free book when the family reaches certain reading milestones. Families who read 1,000 books to their child before he or she reaches kindergarten have successfully completed the program.

Smithsonian traveling exhibit now in Hayden

The Hayden Heritage Center Museum will host a traveling Smithsonian Exhibit Journey Stories through Aug. 24. The museum also is working with Hayden schools and the West Routt County Reading Program with projects that also will be on exhibit.

Free admission to State Parks offered Monday

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the date of Colorado Day.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate Colorado Day on Monday by offering free entrance at all 42 state parks, according to a press release. Colorado Day was created by the state Legislature to mark the anniversary of statehood, granted in 1876 by President Ulysses S. Grant.

Free entrance at the state parks is an annual Colorado Day tradition, the release said.

All other fees, including camping and reservations will remain in effect on that day. For more information go to

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