Craig briefs: National Weather Service offers training in Craig
July 4, 2015
National Weather Service offers training in Craig
The National Weather Service will offer free storm spotter training from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 21 in the conference room at the Moffat County Courthouse, located at 221 W. Victory Way. Use back door on the north side of building to enter. Those with an interest in severe weather are encouraged to attend. For more information, visit weather.gov/gjt.
State Highway 9 wildlife, safety work updates
The Colorado Department of Transportation began a safety and improvements project in April on the 11-mile segment of State Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne. The work is expected to last until mid-July 2017.
Work will resume at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning following the Fourth of July weekend.
Delays on Highway 9 can be up to 45 minutes long, and there are rough road conditions. Alternate routes are recommended and include State Highway 131 and U.S. Highway 40.
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For the week of July 5, traffic impacts can be expected northbound and southbound on Highway 9 from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, where crews will work on the north end of the project between mile marker 131 and 137. At mile marker 136 and 134.25, there are temporary detours in place. Please exercise caution as there are trucks entering and leaving the highway. Wide loads are restricted to 12 feet.
If you have questions, contact our public information team at 970-724-4724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heavy holiday travel expected statewide, I-70 mountain corridor.
Search and Rescue cards available for purchase
The Department of Local Affairs reminds Colorado residents and visitors that if you are planning on participating in the wide variety of outdoor activities our state has to offer, consider the purchase of a Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue card, according to a press release.
It is always good to be prepared and having a CORSAR card is a smart investment. For just $3 you are contributing to Colorado's Search and Rescue fund, which will reimburse the experienced rescue teams for the costs they incur when they come to your aid.
The card is not insurance — search and rescue teams will always help. The CORSAR card provides funding support to county sheriffs' departments statewide to ensure that these teams have the equipment and training to be prepared to help when people are lost and/or injured.
We never know when an accident might happen; lightning, flash flooding, a twisted ankle — are all unexpected incidents. Last year 1,236 search and rescue missions were conducted in Colorado and the cost of these missions are often in the thousands of dollars.
The CORSAR card (and new bumper stickers) are available for $3 for a one-year card, or $12 for a five-year card. They can be purchased at ihelpsearch.org, at colorado.gov/sar, or at over 300 retailers in the state. (State fishing, hunting and boating license fees already includes the fee.)
Gas prices stagnant in state at $2.65 per gallon
Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.65 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78 per gallon, according to gasoline price website gasbuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices yesterday were 95.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 5.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 3.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 89.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"The national average continued its slow retreat in the last week, but current events with Greece may have some bearing on the market in the week ahead and could put downward pressure on oil prices," Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in a statement.
"Much is waiting in the wings in regards to Greece and with the latest round of debt relief talks failing thus far, it may weigh on stocks and commodities in the week ahead. Regardless of Greece, I believe gas prices nationally will eke out a third straight weekly decline- though a negative outcome in the Greece situation stands to enhance the expected downward momentum. Just eleven states saw increases during the last week, leaving 39 that saw a decline — a nice trend as we head towards July 4."
CPW issues boat tips to 'know before you go'
Colorado boat ramps and put-ins open this month around the state. As outdoor enthusiasts prepare to head out onto the water, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has safety tips for boat navigation, boating equipment and getting to know recreational waters before you go.
■ Boat navigation
Remember motorized boats always yield to non-motorized vessels like kayaks, canoes and sailboats under sail. In a head on situation, alter your course by turning right. This sometimes can be easier to see at night because of the green light on an approaching vessel (just like in driving), which means the boater has the right of way. If a red light is visible on the approaching vessel, the boater must give way.
■ Boat equipment
The first thing a boater should check is that they have the right serviceable safety equipment on the boat before going out on the water. During the winter months, some equipment may have become damaged, so check each item.
Motorized boats should carry U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices for each passenger, fire extinguishers, sound producing devices, navigation lights and the correct boat registration with visible CL numbers.
Non-motorized boats are required to have a noise making device.
BLM advises: Learn before you burn
It doesn't take long for fire danger to increase once snow begins to melt, according to a news release from the Bureau of Land Management. Combine that with warm, windy conditions and brush and grass dry out quickly. A wind-whipped fire in quick-burning, dormant vegetation can cause a burn to easily become uncontrollable.
Federal and state land management agencies obtain weather forecasts from the National Weather Service before igniting any controlled burn and so should residents. Your local National Weather Service office can be contacted 24 hours a day at 970-243-7007 or visit its website at weather.govgjt for fire weather forecasts.
Fire has been used as a land management tool for generations. It's used to clear land of debris and excess plant material, promote grass regeneration and replenish nutrients to the soil. While spring offers optimal burn conditions, dead vegetation can carry fire through green plants and pose control issues, especially on windy days. Observing the following tips will provide a safer environment for debris and agricultural burning.
• Contact your local county sheriff's office before burning and obtain required burn permits
• Call the National Weather Service at 970-243-7007 and get the predicted weather conditions for your burn day
• Don't burn on windy days
• Notify your neighbors of your plans to burn as a matter of safety and courtesy
• Ready water and equipment — Have a reliable water source and have shovels, rakes and equipment on hand
• Establish fire breaks — Create fire lines by digging to bare dirt and removing flammable material
• Try to burn into the wind as this will slow the rate of spread and makes the fire easier to manage
• Stay with the fire at all times — Never leave a fire unattended
• Have plenty of help — More people, more control
• Ensure the fire is out cold before leaving the area; smoldering embers have ignited unattended fires
• Call 911 if fire burns out of control — The longer you wait, the bigger the fire becomes before help arrives
Remember: Your fire is your responsibility
Should an agricultural or debris fire damage other private, state or federally managed lands, you could receive a fine or be held responsible for the cost of the damage and impacts