Craig briefs: Parade of Lights slated for Saturday in Craig |

Craig briefs: Parade of Lights slated for Saturday in Craig

Head down to Yampa Avenue and Victory Way Saturday night to watch the Parade of Lights.

The parade will start at 6 p.m. Saturday at Craig Middle School and end at the old Safeway parking lot.

A parade Glow will commence immediately following in the parking lot.

If you have questions call Karen at the Community Budget Center, 970-824-7898.

Libraries announce Thanksgiving closuresLibraries announce Thanksgiving closures

Libraries announce Thanksgiving closures

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All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed Thursday through Sunday for Thanksgiving.

Festival of Trees kicks off Nov. 30 at courthouseFestival of Trees kicks off Nov. 30 at courthouse

Festival of Trees kicks off Nov. 30 at courthouse

The fourth annual Festival of Trees, hosted by Moffat County Youth United Way and Moffat County High School Key Club, begins Nov. 30 and will fill the second floor of the courthouse with festively decorated Christmas trees.

The decorative displays will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Nov. 30 and ending Jan. 8.

Throughout the festival, hosts will offer special activities such as hayrides, hot cocoa, music and visits from Santa and Mrs. Clause. Days with special activities are Dec. 10, 12 and 17.

USDA offers tips on safely cooking turkeysUSDA offers tips on safely cooking turkeys

USDA offers tips on safely cooking turkeys

The United States Department of Agriculture wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise, according to a USDA news release.

"Unsafe handling and undercooking of your turkey can lead to serious foodborne illness," USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza said in a statement.

This Thanksgiving more than 46 million turkeys will be eaten. Cooking the Thanksgiving turkey can be tricky, and trying to figure out when the turkey is done is often the hardest task.

■ Place the thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing, and the thickest part of the breast.

■ Read the temperature to make sure that the bird has reached a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F.

■ Take the turkey out of the oven, and serve it to your family without worry.

If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. The Hotline has been around for 30 years. Last November the hotline received more than 3000 calls mostly about Thanksgiving dinner. You can also chat live with a food safety expert at, available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. , Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.