Craig briefs: Partnership brings new higher education section |

Craig briefs: Partnership brings new higher education section

Colorado Northwestern Community College and the Craig Daily Press will launch a new special edition to the newspaper Saturday called The Learning Chronicles. The section will highlight news in the higher education world, including helpful tips, college news, college loans, CNCC programs and more.

The new edition will appear in the Daily Press the first Saturday of each month. Do you have higher education news you’d like to see published in the newspaper? Send all submissions to Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at or call her at 970-875-1790.

Trapper Mine honored for reclamation work

Trapper Mine was honored recently for its excellent coal and hardrock mine reclamation, according to a news release.

The Colorado Mining Association, the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety and the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board honored the winners of awards for outstanding coal and hardrock mine reclamation, at a ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center Feb.18. The awards were presented during the CMA’s 117th National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition.

Four CMA member coal companies, Trapper Mining Inc., Seneca Coal Company, Mountain Coal Company and Bowie Resource Partners, earned top honors.

The Trapper Mine in Craig, according to the Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety, achieved recognition for “the exceptional and timely reclamation of more than 1,000 acres of mined lands, successfully achieving Phase III final bond release.” The company also won praise for applying for all bond release decisions in a timely manner.

CDOT campaign urges motorcyclists ride wise 

In 2014, 92 motorcyclists lost their lives in fatal crashes, according to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Of these fatalities, 97 percent were male and 55 percent were 45 years of age or older.

As Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month kicks off in May, so does CDOT’s motorcycle safety campaign called Ride Wise. The campaign, an effort to promote motorcycle operator safety training courses across the state, targets older male riders who may have thousands of miles of experience, yet little to zero hours of formal training on safe riding.

Courses also include the importance of riding sober and wearing appropriate gear. Of the 92 motorcyclists killed in 2014, 63 percent were not wearing helmets.

CDOT announces start date for Bustang service

DENVER — Bustang, the new interregional express bus service from the Colorado Department of Transportation, will deliver its first passengers to Denver’s Union Station starting in the morning on July 13, according to a news release.

The much anticipated service launch will connect major populations, employment centers and local transit entities along the Interstate 25 front range and Interstate 70 mountain corridors during peak weekday commuting times.

Offering three major service routes, Bustang responds to demand from the traveling public for a reliable transit alternative along the highest traveled corridors in the state.

Along I-25, there will be seven round trips per day, Monday through Friday from Colorado Springs to Denver and six round trips per day from Fort Collins to Denver. Along the I-70 mountain corridor, Bustang will operate one round trip Monday through Friday between Glenwood Springs and Denver Union Station.

The bus service will stop at existing park-and-ride locations along each route with fares reflected by length of trip. Multiple trip packages will be available at a discounted price as well as a 25 percent discount for disabled persons and seniors 65 years old and older. Bus schedules and fares are available for download online.

The Bustang fleet will feature 13 buses in rotation on each respective route. Each coach is equipped with restrooms, bike racks, free WiFi, power outlets and USB ports. Coaches offer a 50-passenger capacity and are handicap accessible.

July 13 marks the official service launch for Bustang, the state’s first-ever, state-owned and operated bus system.

VNA to readers: Protect against Hantavirus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Most cases occur in the spring and summer. The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately. Hantavirus can be prevented by cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work area or campsite. For information, visit

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