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Craig briefs: Nominations accepted for Governor’s Service Awards

Serve Colorado, the Governor's Commission on Community Service, is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Governor's Service Awards. These awards are presented in appreciation to individuals, community and civic leaders, various organizations, and AmeriCorps members for outstanding contributions to volunteerism and service throughout the State of Colorado.

Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. July 18. The awards will be presented during a special awards ceremony at the State Capitol on Sept. 7.

Nominations must be submitted through an online form or through the Serve Colorado website.

For more information about the Governor's Service Awards or Serve Colorado, please contact Nellie Stagg at 303-866-2119 or Nellie.Stagg@state.co.us.

Awards will be presented in the following categories.

• Outstanding Volunteer: Given in recognition to an individual who provides outstanding direct service to their community.

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Outstanding Veteran Volunteer: Presented to a veteran from any branch of military service who has demonstrated outstanding volunteerism, community service, and civic engagement.

Outstanding Community Leader: Given in recognition of an individual who provides outstanding leadership, organization, and inspiration to volunteerism in their community.

Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: Given to a nonprofit organization that has made an outstanding impact on Colorado communities.

Outstanding AmeriCorps State/National Member: Given to a current AmeriCorps State/National member, or a member who has served within the last year, who exemplifies the spirit of AmeriCorps.

Outstanding AmeriCorps VISTA Member: Given to a current AmeriCorps VISTA member, or a VISTA, who has served within the last year, who exemplifies the spirit of AmeriCorps.

Outstanding AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Member: Given to a current AmeriCorps NCCC member, or an NCCC member who has served within the last year, who exemplifies the spirit of AmeriCorps.

Outstanding Senior Corps Volunteer: Given to a current Senior Corps volunteer, or a volunteer who has served within the last year, who exemplifies the spirit of Senior Corps.

Outstanding AmeriCorps Alumni: Recognizes the exceptional impact of a Colorado AmeriCorps Alumni whose commitment to service, beyond their term of AmeriCorps service, continues to bring about positive community change.

Outstanding Returning Peace Corps Volunteer: Recognizes a returned Peace Corps volunteer for their ongoing work and exceptional contributions of service to their community.

Gasoline prices drop, slightly over past week in Colorado

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.36/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices yesterday were 9.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 7.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on June 19 in Colorado have ranged widely over the last five years.

$2.26/g in 2016

$2.65/g in 2015

$3.52/g in 2014

v $3.68/g in 2013

$3.70/g in 2012.

"Another week, another nearly country-wide decline in average gasoline prices as crude oil prices struggle near the lowest levels of the year," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "Motorists shouldn't expect too much more of the nice price declines we've seen in the last couple of weeks as hurricane season comes in to view, but we could see another week with a majority of states seeing prices move lower again, thanks to gasoline inventories that remain quite healthy, along with refiners that continue to push out product at rates that have been higher than demand, leading to crude oil prices that have struggled mightily to gain a footing. It looks like even OPEC's best move to thwart supply increases hasn't done much thanks to U.S. oil production which has charged back like a bull."

For current fuel price averages, visit fuelinsights.gasbuddy.com.