Craig briefs: Senior’s to host coffee event at 9 a.m. Tuesday
All seniors are welcome to Coffee & Conversation from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays at the Bell Tower, 50 College Dr. in room 200. The event is hosted by the Senior Social Center, which is a place where senior citizens gather for good conversation and companionship. The group has a bunch of avid Pinochle players who will teach anyone to play.
They also teach Bridge and Hand and Foot, Scra-bble, Cribbage and a very challenging puzzle are always on hand. They also have a lonesome Backgammon player looking for an opponent. Movie Matinees will begin start from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays in March.
Newspaper to discuss school district’s budget
The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. on March 4 at the Memorial Hospital. The discussion will surround the budgetary concerns at Moffat County School District as well as its per pupil head count. Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will moderate the discussion. The event is free, and coffee and pastries will be served. For details, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.
Bill Johnston drops out of City Council race
Bill Johnston is longer seeking election on the Craig City Council. After retiring with 26 years serving the community on the fire department, Johnston feels that the City of Craig will be in good hands, according to a press release. He now is eyeing a seat on the Moffat County Board of Commissioners.
“With such great candidates running for council, it would be unethical for me to take a seat away from one of them knowing that I might want to run for county commissioner during my term. I do not want to make a commitment to the citizens of Craig, and then let anybody down by leaving office early. I want to have a continuous, positive impact in our community,” Johnston said in a statement.
Johnston’s main concern centers on the future of the county he and his family have called home since 1978. He also served previously on City Council for 12 years.
“I want to make sure that we are looking towards the future as a community. We need to get new streams of revenue flowing into the county coffers so that we can make sure to take care of our city and county employees,” he said. He also wants to discuss a “plan B” if the coal industry continues to be forced to cut jobs here in Moffat County, and the surrounding area.
Aggressive price increase expected at the pump
The transition from winter blend to summer blend gasoline always increases retail gasoline prices, but nothing you’ve seen over the past year is likely to match what GasBuddy anticipates over the next two to three weeks, according to a press release.
“Wednesday brought a big price rally in gasoline markets and gasoline wholesalers are seeing huge increases,” Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said in a statement. “Wholesale prices today alone have increased coast to coast from 10 to 27 cents per gallon; and when you add that on top of the increases that occurred earlier this month, it’s inevitable that retail prices will climb aggressively in weeks ahead.”
Since Feb. 2, wholesale prices nationwide have increased by an average of 54 cents per gallon, DeHaan added.
The United Steelworkers Union strike that began Feb. 1 exacerbates operations at 12 refineries where they’ve imposed “work stoppages” in California, Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
“Volatility is the name of the game right now and we expect that to translate into 10-cent increases in retail gasoline, week after week over the next two to three weeks, with larger, more immediate increases in West Coast areas,” DeHaan said.
Highline Lake State Park opens to boating
LOMA — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Highline Lake State Park to boating on Sunday and water lovers are invited to bring their boats, fishing gear, jet skis, water skis, wake boards and wet or dry suits and enjoy a day on the lake.
Park personnel said they are eager to welcome anyone who wants to get a jump-start on the warmer weather and enjoy a variety of outdoor fun. For details, go to http://www.cpw.state.co.us/learn/pages/boatingsafety.aspx
BLM reminds people to keep vehicles on roads
The Bureau of Land Management Little Snake Field Office is reminding people planning to collect shed antlers in Northwest Colorado this spring that it is illegal to travel off existing roads in a motor vehicle on lands managed by the BLM, according to a press release.
Vehicles that illegally leave roads on ATVs or other motorized vehicles cause tremendous, often permanent, damage every spring. Off-road driving can cause significant damage any time, but moist spring soils are especially susceptible.
BLM is asking folks to report any and all public land violations to BLM law enforcement. A citation for riding an ATV off existing roads or in a closed area can result in fines of $250. Harassing wildlife may result in a $200 fine.
Black bear population plan to be updated
GRAND JUNCTION — Colorado Parks and Wildlife will update black bear population and management plans for the Bookcliffs area and is asking the public for their input through written comments in an online survey and at public meetings to be held Monday, in Rifle, Tuesday in Grand Junction and Wednesday in Rangely, according to a press release.
Designated as Data Analysis Unit B-1 by the agency, the area includes game management units 21, 22, 30, 31 and 32 within portions of Mesa, Garfield and Rio Blanco counties.
Updated every 10 years, DAU plans are the blueprint CPW uses to determine wildlife population objectives for a specific area. Wildlife managers stress that the process is heavily dependent on public preferences in addition to established wildlife management practices.
“We cannot effectively manage bears, or any other wildlife, using science alone,” biologist Stephanie Duckett of Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a statement. “We really need to hear from the people that live in proximity to wild animals. We are making every effort, including public meetings and an online survey, to ensure the public has an opportunity to give us their input.”
Colorado Parks and Wildlife biologists and managers said that there are several considerations when setting black bear population objectives, including what hunters prefer in terms of opportunity, the economic health of communities dependent on hunting dollars, concerns about wildlife/human conflicts and the general public’s preferences for population levels.
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Next week, Colorado Northwestern Community College and Moffat County are hosting a free day-long seminar for local ranchers and agriculture producers.