Craig briefs: Preserving the Last Frontier meets Saturday
March 24, 2015
The Preserving The Last Frontier will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The program will be given by Paul Bonnefield on the history of the Sand Wash wild horses. Open to the public. For more information call 970-824-6761.
BLM set to do prescribed burn in Rio Blanco County
Rio Blanco County — Fire managers from the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit are planning to burn 550 acres of sagebrush in the next couple of weeks if weather and air quality conditions are favorable, according to a press release from the Bureau of Land Management.
The project is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Meeker near the junction of Rio Blanco County roads 29 and 87 on BLM land. The project is anticipated to last two to three days depending on weather and fuel conditions.
The purpose of the prescribed burn is to reduce the potential for large-scale wildfires by reducing the amount of live and dead fuel accumulation, resulting in lower intensity wildfires and the creation age diversity in the sagebrush community producing a mosaic growth pattern.
Smoke will be visible from local county roads during the implementation of burning operations.
Weather and fuel-moisture conditions will be closely monitored, and the burn will only be initiated if conditions are ideal and allow for safe and efficient operations. Each prescribed burn conducted by the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit has a detailed fire plan developed in advance, along with appropriate smoke permits obtained from the State of Colorado.
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The Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit is an interagency organization that manages wildfires in Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt Jackson and Grand counties. Cooperating agencies include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, BLM and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, and the above mentioned counties.
Please contact Kyle Frary Fire Management Specialist at 970-878-3862 for more information.
Senior Social Center has movie night on Thursday
Senior Social Center invites all seniors to its Thursday Movie Matinee at The Bell Tower Room 200. Doors opens at 1 p.m. with movie starting at 1:30 sharp. This Thursday's movie is "Fool's Gold" with Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. No admission fee charged. Donations welcome to help pay for popcorn, etc. Questions: 970-326-3188 or info@seniorsocial center.org
Agency reminds people to report land holdings
Colorado Farm Service Agency is reminding foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
"Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction," Leland Swenson, state executive director of the farm agency said in a statement.
Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports for the county where the land is located.
"Failure to file a report, filing a late report or filing an inaccurate report can result in a penalty with fines up to 25 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land," said Swenson.
For AFIDA purposes, agricultural land is defined as any land used for farming, ranching or timber production, if the tracts total 10 acres or more.
Disclosure reports are also required when there are changes in land use. For example, reports are required when land use changes from nonagricultural to agricultural or from agricultural to nonagricultural. Foreign investors must also file a report when there is a change in the status of ownership, such as the owner changes from foreign to non-foreign, from non-foreign to foreign or from foreign to foreign.
For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact your County FSA office which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov.
Newspaper is accepting photos from the public
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 least 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.