Craig briefs: Rio Blanco, Moffat to host event on Colowyo |

Craig briefs: Rio Blanco, Moffat to host event on Colowyo

On June 3, Rio Blanco, Moffat County and Tri-State will come together to discuss the recent ruling against the Office of Surface Mining and Colowyo at a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Moffat County High School auditorium.

Craig Mayor Ray Beck and Meeker Mayor Regas Halandras will open the discussion, and Colowyo Mine Manager Chris McCourt will give an overview of the issue. The following officials also will speak at the event:

■ Tri-State Senior Environmental Policy Analyst Doug Lempke

■ Tri-State Board Chairman Rick Gordan

■ Tri-State Chief Executive Officer Mike McInnes

■ Rio Blanco and Moffat County commissioners

The community is encouraged to attend to show support for Colowyo and Tri-State.

Calling all artisans for summer pop up gallery

Local artisans are invited to apply for the first 2015 Summer Pop Up Gallery to be held July 16 to 18 in Craig. The application deadline is June 20. Only electronically submitted applications will be accepted. For more information, email or visit the Yampa Valley Artisans Facebook page.

Resurfacing work starts on State Highway 13 

RIO BLANCO/MOFFAT COUNTIES — The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor partner, Elam Construction, Inc., began work Monday, resurfacing State Highway 13 in two locations.

■ Site A is located in Rio Blanco County, north of Meeker from approximately mile post 50.77 to 56.0.

■ Site B is located in Moffat County, north of Craig from approximately mile post 104.0 to 111.0.

Resurfacing of the existing roadway will begin at Site B in Moffat County. The project will also include guardrail repair and replacement. The work will rehabilitate and preserve the pavement in these areas and provide improved ride quality for motorists, according to a CDOT news release.

The $3.5 million project was awarded to Elam Construction, Inc. of Grand Junction, and is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 2.

Travel impacts: Working hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. No night or weekend work is expected. Speed limits will be reduced to 35 mph through the construction zone. There will be no restrictions for oversize vehicles for this project. Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures with delays at a maximum of 15 minutes per flagger station.

To be added to the project update list, email or call the project hotline at 970-306-4549.

Whistle While We Learn debuts at state park

Join Interpretive Ranger Laura for an “I spy” activity along Yampa River State Parks 1.25-mile trail. Time to “Whistle While We Learn” in search of our wildlife friend, the marmot. A day of exploring with activities and crafts as children discover a local nicknamed friend the “Whistle Pig.” The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Yampa River State Park Visitor Center, located at 6185 Highway 40 in Hayden. For more information, contact Laura Spakes at 970-276-2061 or

Gas prices in Colorado continue to increase

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.59 per gallon Tuesday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. That’s compared with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.75 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Tuesday were 84.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 21 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 91.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“As the summer driving season has begun, gasoline prices have risen slightly as demand rises and parts of the country have seen supply and refinery disruptions,” Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst, said in a statement. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel, however. We’re expecting over the next two weeks trends will shift and relief will start flowing to pumps as issues fade into the background. Overall, this summer will be the cheapest at the pump across much of the U.S. since 2009 with prices likely remaining well below year ago levels. I forecast that the national average will not breach $3 per gal this summer.”

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