Craig briefs: Newspaper welcomes new graphic designer |

Craig briefs: Newspaper welcomes new graphic designer

The Craig Daily Press is pleased to present Jason Strohl to the community. Strohl started as a graphic designer for the Daily Press on Jan. 7.

“We are really excited to have Jason join our graphic design team. Jason brings newspaper experience and has a great passion for what he does and it shows in his work,” said Daily Press Publisher Renee Campbell.

Strohl moved to Craig from Valparaiso, Indiana, where he worked for Olympia Media Group, designing newspapers for universities. Specifically, he designed eight weekly papers for that company.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication Design from Purdue University in 2013.

The move from Indiana to Colorado has been positive for Sthrol, and he’s thrilled to be in Craig.

“It feels great. I love the mountains, I grew up around the mountains, and missed it when I moved back to Indiana,” he said.

Strohl was raised in South Carolina.

Gas prices continue to plummet across nation

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 10.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.94 per gallon at the start of the week, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

Although the average gas price in Colorado is under $2 per gallon of gas, prices in Craig linger around $2.39 per gallon.

Colorado’s gas prices are compared to the national average that fell 5.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.12 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices on Sunday were 126.1 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 67.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 48.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands at 118.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“All in all, it wasn’t a bad week for motorists filling their tanks. Since last week, some 12,000 stations dropped their price under $2 per gallon, with 45 percent of all gas stations (nearly 61,000) now selling under the $2 per gallon mark. The national average currently stands at its lowest since May 9, 2009, a date that saw 8.9 percent unemployment and Phil Jackson coaching the Los Angeles Lakers toward the NBA title,” Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy said in a statement. “This time around, the drop in gasoline is far more joyous and isn’t overshadowed by a polar plunge in the economy. And it doesn’t stop there. Overnight, the average price for diesel fuel in the U.S. dropped under $3 per gallon for the first time since Oct. 2, 2010, and will shed yet another 25 to 50 cents per gallon before reaching a bottom.”

Winter, avalanche safety classes are this weekend

With winter in full swing and snow depths beginning to rise, winter and avalanche safety is of primary importance to anyone that enjoys cold weather activities, whether skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, according to a press release.

To help everyone stay safe this winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a two-part winter and avalanche awareness class Friday and Saturday. Based on the Canadian Avalanche Center’s snowmobile video series “Throttle Decisions,” topics will cover snow composition and identifying hazardous terrain. In addition, participants will learn and practice rescue skills in a wintertime setting. 

“We encourage everyone to enjoy winter recreation but to do it safely,” Jacob Dewhirst, senior park ranger at Yampa River State Park, said in a statement. “These classes offer great information that will help you avoid getting into trouble so that you can enjoy winter to the fullest.”

The first session will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Craig Middle School. Parks and Wildlife rangers will cover a variety of topics, including gear, weather forecasting, safe winter travel, weather, snowpack, terrain, evaluating hazards and rescue techniques.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the seminar moves to the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead. Participants for this session are required to bring their own snowmobile and all safety equipment, including helmets, beacons, shovels and probes as well as proper attire and food and water. A variety of snowmobile safety topics will be covered, including snow composition and identifying hazardous terrain.  

“Even if you have been riding for years, there will be some great information that can help you have fun and avoid a potential tragedy,” Dewhirst said

For more information, contact Yampa River State Park at 970-276-2061, or visit

YVEA community solar grand opening Jan. 28

Yampa Valley Electric Association will host a grand opening celebration for the community-owned solar array.

Energy Collective, a Colorado-based group that aims to provide clean power generation to people regardless of housing ownership status, partnered with YVEA to build a solar garden in Craig.

The garden is an effort between the city of Craig, CEC and YVEA.

Learn more about community solar and meet fellow renewable energy enthusiasts right at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Clarion Inn & Suites.

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