Craig briefs: New Daily Press special section to debut Friday |

Craig briefs: New Daily Press special section to debut Friday

The Craig Daily Press will present a new special section Friday called Making a Difference, highlighting the good work of nonprofit organizations in Craig and Moffat County. The section will run as an insert in the Friday Craig Daily Press, and the newspaper is excited to outline the hard work of those who make a difference in the community.

Democrat party caucus to take place Tuesday

On Tuesday, the Moffat County Democratic Party will hold all precinct caucuses at the American Legion Post at 1055 County Road 7. The caucuses will begin at 7 p.m., and check-in will begin at 6:30 pm. All registered Democrats are encouraged to attend and be part of the delegate and candidate selection process as well as a discussion of the platform. For more information, call Moffat County Democratic Party Chair Jo Ann Baxter at 970-629-8701.

Moffat Republican caucuses announced

The Moffat County Republican caucuses will be held Tuesday in 11 locations for the different precincts. Check-in is at 6 p.m., but the meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Voters are encouraged to pre-register for the event at This will be a chance for voters to discuss the 2014 elections, to choose delegates for the state assembly and to select candidates. For more information, or to find out which precinct you live in, call the election office at 970-824-9104.

Precinct locations:

■ Precinct 1: Ridgeview Elementary School

■ Precinct 2: Fairgrounds Pavilion

■ Precinct 3: Sandrock Elementary School

■ Precinct 4: Browns Park School

■ Precinct 5: Moffat County High School Library

■ Precinct 6: Maybell Community Center

■ Precinct 7: Craig Middle School

■ Precinct 8: There will be no caucus in precinct 8 as there is no precinct chair to lead a caucus.

■ Precinct 9: East Elementary School

■ Precinct 10: Hamilton Hall

■ Precinct 11: Sunset Elementary School

■ Precinct 12: School Administration Building

■ Precinct 13: Moffat County Extension Office Basement

Gas prices continue to increase in Colorado

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado jumped 9.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Gas prices in Craig average $3.59 per gallon.

Slash pile burning to generate visible smoke

Smoke may be visible near Rand as crews from the Northwest Colorado Interagency Fire Management Unit burn slash piles generated from Bureau of Land Management forest management and fuel reduction projects.

Fire personnel will be burning slash piles about 5 miles west of Rand. Burning could begin this week and continue through March 20 depending on weather conditions and smoke dispersion patterns.

Crews will burn piles when weather conditions are favorable to lift smoke out of the area and moisture in adjacent vegetation is at acceptable levels to prevent spread. Slash piles typically are burned in the winter when the chance of the fires spreading is low.

The piles were generated last year from projects to reduce hazardous fuels for wildfires, improve public and firefighter safety and improve forest health. The slash that resulted from those projects was piled and allowed to cure. The piles average 10 feet tall, 20 feet wide and 30 feet long.

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