Craig briefs: Photos being accepted from the community
December 25, 2014
The Craig Daily Press welcomes photo submissions from community members. If you have cool photos you took while on vacation, camping or hunting, or even photos of your child's birthday party, submit them to editor@CraigDailyPress.com.
Photos must be at lease 1 megabyte in size and clear, meaning blurry photos should not be submitted. Include the name of those in the photo along with the date and place where it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.
If you have questions, call Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.
Winter weather changes hours at monument
The arrival of winter at Dinosaur National Monument brings changes to visitor access in some areas, according to a press release.
In Utah, roads around the Quarry Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall are maintained throughout the winter. The Cub Creek Road is plowed to a parking area approximately 2.2 miles past the Green River bridge. The dirt road to the Josie Morris Ranch is gated with the first snowfall, but is open to hiking and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if conditions permit.
In Colorado, the Harpers Corner Road past the Echo Park Road turnoff to the road's end is closed to vehicle access with the first significant snowfall. Visitors can use this section of road for hiking and snowshoeing or cross-country skiing if conditions permit. The lower portion of the Harpers Corner Road is kept open to the Echo Park Road turnoff through Wednesday so hunters may access private and BLM land adjacent to the monument. On Thursday, the road closes at Plug Hat Butte, which is 5 miles from U.S. Highway 40. After the road closes to vehicular traffic, portions of the Harpers Corner Road are open to snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing if snow conditions permit.
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The Echo Park Road, Yampa Bench Road, Island Park Road, portions of the Deerlodge Road and the road to Gates of Lodore are not maintained, and travel on them is not advised during the winter.
Dinosaur's weather in winter can change rapidly. Visitors should always be prepared for a range of conditions and check the current forecast before heading out. Road maintenance may be limited during storms or on weekends.
For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, call 435-781-7700. You also can visit http://www.nps.gov/dino or look for DinosaurNPS on Facebook and Twitter.
CPW river outfitter now accepting applications
River recreationists come to Colorado from across the country to pursue adventure on Colorado waters. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, through licensing and regulation, ensures that each enthusiast guide has completed the necessary coursework and has the appropriate skill and ability to lead others on river rafts or boating excursions, according to a news release.
"Licensed outfitters go out of their way to make the public as safe as possible," CPW Boating Safety Manager Kris Wahlers said in a statement. "When you go on a raft trip next summer, please ask to see the outfitter's Colorado river outfitter license."
According to the Colorado River Outfitters Association, there were more than 450,000 paying river passengers in 2013, with an economic impact to the state of more than $145 million.
The River Outfitter Program was established by the Colorado Legislature in 1984. The program gave responsibility to the Parks and Wildlife Commission for enacting rules and regulations necessary to ensure the safety of river running activities by setting guide training and required safety and environmental equipment requirements.
Under the guidance of Article 32 of Title 33, Colorado Revised Statutes, all persons who provide river-running services such as guide services in Colorado are required to first obtain a river outfitter license from CPW.
The 2015 Colorado Parks and Wildlife River Outfitter License application is now available at http://cpw.state.co.us/documents/boating/riveroutfitterapplication.pdf.