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Craig briefs: Rotary is accepting fundraiser reservations

The Rotary Club of Craig once again will host its annual Diamonds and Spurs event the evening of Jan. 25 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The black tie event features delicious food, drinks, a silent auction, dancing and music. Tickets cost $60 per individual, $480 for an eight person table and $600 for a 10 person table. All proceeds help fun Craig Rotary. To purchase a ticket, or for more information, contact Randy Looper at 970-826-4444.

Increased enforcement for DUI during holiday

Once again, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol will team up with 76 law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado to increase DUI enforcement through Thursday. During last year's New Year's Eve enforcement period, 501 people were arrested on Colorado roadways for DUI and there were two alcohol-related fatalities.

The enforcement period follows the most recent crackdown surrounding this year's holiday parties, which spans from Dec. 6 to 26 and resulted in 652 arrests. Preliminary data shows that there were two alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities from the same period.

"New Year's Eve is a time to celebrate the year that's past and to look forward to the future," said Amy Ford, director of communications at CDOT. "It marks the beginning of a new year with endless possibilities. Historically, it can also be a very dangerous time to be on the roads and we want to do everything we can to keep Coloradans safe."

In 2012, there were 9,784 DUI arrests reported through the Heat is On campaign — a number much higher than Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, wants to see as 2013 comes to a close.

The average blood alcohol content of all DUI arrests in 2012 was 0.18 — more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, emphasizes that this further stresses the importance of not putting others in danger by driving impaired.

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Commissioners to talk pot in industrial zones

The Moffat County Commissioners and County Attorney Rebecca Tyree will discuss an ordinance that would prohibit the use or consumption of marijuana or marijuana products on commercial and industrial zoned property at the commissioner's Tuesday morning meeting, according to the agenda. It will be the first reading of the ordinance.

Pot stores to be topic at Steamboat meeting

On Jan. 7, the Steamboat Springs City Council will call roll, then immediately adjourn and reconvene as the Steamboat Springs Marijuana Licensing Authority.

It will be the first time the authority has convened to consider retail marijuana license applications, and Rocky Mountain Remedies and Golden Leaf each are slated to be heard.

Both currently operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Steamboat Springs, and Colorado law limits the ability to open retail stores to medical operators.

Rocky Mountain Remedies also has obtained the necessary license from the state and is scheduled to have its premises in Downhill Drive Plaza inspected by the city Tuesday morning.

Retail marijuana stores must be licensed by the state Marijuana Enforcement Division and the local licensing authority. The state division has granted nine licenses to retail-related marijuana businesses in Steamboat Springs: two for retail stores, five for retail cultivation and two for manufacturing infused products.

In addition to Rocky Mountain Remedies, the state division issued a license for a retail store to Natural Choice Co-op.

Also during its meeting Jan. 7, the City Council will conduct interviews for the steering committee to be tasked with overseeing the accommodations tax dollars designated for trails projects.

Tom Kern, CEO of the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, will give a presentation about the pilot project seeking to attract larger groups to Steamboat.

Kern previously has said that Steamboat is behind other Western Slope communities in luring events or groups with 100-plus participants.

The city is being asked for $50,000 to help attract large groups, and the Chamber and Lodging Association have proposed to invest $7,500 each.

In August, Craig City Council opted out of opening recreational marijuana stores within city limits.

Free online carpool match service available

Residents of Routt, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties have access to a free, online carpool matching service sponsored by Yampa Valley Data Partners, according to a news release.

Organizers hope the website, http://www.carpoolworld.com/northwestcolorado, will be a resource to help Northwest Colorado residents save on transportation costs. The project was created as part of the Northwest Colorado Energy Education Plan, which was funded by a grant from the Colorado Energy Office.