Craig briefs: Oil and gas commission to reconvene Monday |

Craig briefs: Oil and gas commission to reconvene Monday

The nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will continue its penalty and enforcement rulemaking beginning 9 a.m. Monday. The hearing will continue a rulemaking that began Dec. 15 and 16, when testimony was provided. That portion of the rulemaking is now closed and the commission will begin deliberations.

The meeting will take place at the commission offices, 1120 Lincoln St., Suite 801, Denver. The meeting will also be audio streamed on the COGCC website.

Elkhead Reservoir First Day Hike successful

Elkhead Reservoir State Park hosted the inaugural “First Day Hike” for 2015, according to Elkhead Reservoir manager Ron Dellacroce.

A group decided to start a new holiday tradition and get out side for New Years day.

A dozen folks braved the cold to experience the reservoir as only a few get a chance to.

The hike took place on a new section of trail know as the Bears Ears view trail between the East beach and the North-east access.

The 1.75 mile loop provided just enough fresh air and sunshine to make all those involved appreciate where they live and what it has to offer.

CDOT: Use caution and snow tires for I-70 travel

Colorado Department of Transportation is urging drivers to check the condition of the tires on your vehicle, as heavy snow storm that hit the Western Slope and Northwest Colorado has made travel dangerous.

“Winter conditions will make travelling on the corridor challenging Sunday and Monday. Snow plow crews are working to maintain the best conditions on the roads, but drivers need to make sure they have adequate snow tires or snow chains and ensure they do not drive too fast for conditions,” Colorado Department of Transportation I-70 Corridor Operations Manager Patrick Chavez said in a statement. “We are expecting up to 19 inches of snow on Vail Pass by Monday morning.”

CDOT crews across the state have prepped vehicles and are scheduled for round-the-clock storm patrol shifts. For the I-70 mountain corridor (Golden to Dotsero), the incident management team is ready to employ numerous strategies to help motorists travel the interstate slowly and safely. These include ramp management, Snowplow Escorts, quick clearance of traffic incidents, and real-time traveler information through, 511 and CDOT mobile.

“We have many measures that we implement on the corridor to maintain safe conditions, but a critical component to keeping roads clear is drivers being aware of the conditions and having good tires to handle the roads when they do get slick,” Chavez said.

A key focus for CDOT incident management during I-70 storms is the Eisenhower Tunnel. The tunnel has no shoulders, so when traffic volumes reach a point where back-ups into the tunnel could occur, vehicles must be stopped, or Safety Metering implemented, to allow traffic to clear.

The highest travel delays of the winter occur when heavy traffic congestion necessitates metering at Eisenhower Tunnel. 

■ Traveler information:  I-70 motorists can receive real time traffic information from a live audio stream Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoons during the peak traffic times, available through and the CDOT Mobile app.