Craig briefs: No growth recorded at Happy Hollow Fire |

Craig briefs: No growth recorded at Happy Hollow Fire

Firefighters brought the 354-acre Happy Hollow Fire 23 miles northeast of Dinosaur to 75 percent containment on Tuesday, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.

Nearly 100 firefighters and two helicopters worked the fire, which burned pinyon-juniper and sagebrush on BLM and National Park Service administered lands.

Most of the firefighters who worked the fire Tuesday will stay Wednesday, when full containment is expected. Firefighters will continue patrolling the fire for several days following containment.

The lightning-ignited fire was discovered Sunday and did not threaten any structures. It did not grow Wednesday.

There is a temporary flight restriction order over the area. Firefighters remind the public that unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are a serious impediment to wildland firefighting. If a drone is spotted near a wildfire, firefighting aircraft will be grounded to protect firefighters.

State Lt. Governor slated to visit at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday

Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne will be in Craig on Wednesday as a part of a statewide facilities tour. At 2:45 p.m. she will be joined by Colorado Community College System President Nancy J. McCallin at Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig campus for a community round table discussion on career and technical educations programs. At 4:30 p.m. she will tour Colowyo Mine.

Community forum on drug abuse takes place Wednesday

Moffat County Department of Social Services will host a community forum from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Colorado Northwestern Community College conference room. The event is hosted by Karli Bockelman, with Grand Futures Prevention Coalition and Kris McKenzie, with Moffat County Department of Social Services. Agenda items include Addressing the community’s issue of prescription drug abuse and developing a mentoring program for youth. Refreshments will be provided. The forum will be held at 2801 W. Ninth St. in Craig.

Train depot meeting set for community on Friday

A meeting to discuss the Craig railroad depot is slated for 1 p.m. Friday at The Museum of Northwest Colorado. The event is sponsored by The Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society.

Friday Fest offers music, dancing, open mic

Each week, the Downtown Business Association hosts a new activity at its weekly Friday Fest in Alice Pleasant Park on Yampa Avenue. From 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, community members are encouraged to get on stage and show off their talents at an open mic competition. Next, line dancing will fill the parking lot from 6 to 7 p.m., and from 7 to 9 p.m. the community can get down and boogie with square dancing.

For more information, call 970-824-2151.

Jim Baker, mountain man tribute upcoming

The Little Snake River Museum in Savery, Wyoming will host a tribute to the life of Wyoming mountain man Jim Baker, according to the a museum flier.

The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in Savery.

Presentations, demonstrations, American Mountain Men Association camp, activities, tours food, music with John Wayne band and dancing are all on the schedule. Native American Ledger art demonstrations and activities in the afternoon will also be on hand. At the museum in Savery.

For more information, call 307-383-7262.

License fee input sought from hunters Aug. 24

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking input from sportsmen on funding the future of wildlife management and conservation in Colorado, according to a CPW news release.

Hunters, anglers and anyone who wants to learn more about the financial challenges facing the state’s wildlife management agency is invited to attend a discussion with CPW representatives at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Grand County CSU Extension Office, 210 11 St. in Kremmling.

CPW anticipates budget shortfalls, which could be offset by increasing resident license fees. The last increase occurred in 2006 after legislative approval the year before. Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and cut $40 million from its operating budget. Wildlife managers caution that additional cuts are inevitable without an increase in revenue.

Currently, a limited elk license for resident adults costs $46. Resident youths pay $10.75 for limited deer, elk and pronghorn licenses. Limited deer license and pronghorn licenses are $31 for resident adults.

Freshman orientation scheduled for Aug. 25

Moffat County High School freshman are encouraged to attend the freshman orientation from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 at the high school. Parents are also welcome to attend a freshman parent meeting at from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

New CNCC president featured at paper event

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. Sept. 7 at The Memorial Hospital. The guest speaker will be Ronald Granger, the new president of Colorado Northwestern Community College. Free pastries and coffee will be served. For more information, call 970-87501788.

Craig artisans accept applications for market

Applications are being accepted for the seventh annual Holiday Artisan Market, according to a news release. The event will be held Dec. 2 and 3 at the Pavilion at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig. Deadline for the applications is Oct. 7. Email for an application and more information.

BLM seeks input on wild horse bait-trapping

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to bait-trap wild horses in northwestern Colorado’s Sand Wash Basin in order to administer fertility treatments and remove up to 50 horses, according to a news release.

The BLM proposes to use a bait-trapping method in which wild horses in and around the Sand Wash Herd Management Area would be attracted to corrals. While confined in a corral, BLM employees and Sand Wash Advocacy Team members would identify mares, that would be treated with a contraceptive called PZP, which delays fertilization, before being released back to the range. Up to 50 young wild horses would be removed for placement in the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary training and adoption program.

“Our partnership with SWAT and GEMS has been vital to meeting our goal of maintaining the health of the Sand Wash wild horses and the lands they depend upon,” BLM Northwest District Manager Joe Meyer said in a news release.

The BLM manages the area for up to 362 wild horses, but the current population exceeds 600, a number that poses a serious risk to the area’s ecological balance, stated the news release.

Treating mares and removing some young horses should help check the growth of the Sand Wash Herd.

The BLM seeks comment on the Environmental Assessment of this gather plan, available at the Little Snake Field Office at 455 Emerson St., Craig, CO 81625 and online at: Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to Public comments will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 4. Written comments can be mailed to the Little Snake Field Office or submitted via email to

Before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other personal identifying information commenters, you should be aware that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While individuals may request BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

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