Craig briefs: State Highway 9 delays expected this weekend |

Craig briefs: State Highway 9 delays expected this weekend

State Highway 9 delays expected this weekend

The Colorado Department of Transportation began a safety and improvements project in April on the 11-mile segment of Colorado Highway 9 between Kremmling and Silverthorne. The work is expected to last until mid-July 2017.

Delays on Colo. 9 can be up to 45 minutes, and there are rough road conditions. Alternate routes are recommended and include Colorado Highway 131 and U.S. Highway 40.

Traffic impacts can be expected northbound and southbound on Colo. 9 from Monday through Friday, with possible work from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m Saturday. Crews are working on the north end of the project between mile markers 131 and 137, where there is one lane of alternating traffic.

Wide loads are restricted to 12 feet. Motorists can expect 45-minute delays throughout the construction zone.

For more information, call the public information team at 970-724-4724 or email

Holiday artisan market applications available

The 2015 Holiday Artisans Market is set for Dec. 4 and 5. Artisans from Northwest Colorado are encouraged to apply for space at the event. Deadline for applications is Oct. 23. For more information and to request the online application, email

18th annual contest celebrates agriculture

The 18th annual “Colorado … it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage, according to a news release. Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by Dec. 31. All photographs must be taken in the 2015 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture. Prizes will be awarded in five subject areas: agritourism, crops, livestock, people and open professional. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter, however, professionals may only enter agriculture-related photographs in the “open professional” category. Judging will be based on theme, creativity and technical quality. The photographer whose photo best depicts the spirit of Colorado agriculture will receive $150, and category winners will receive a “Colorado … it’s AgriCultural” prize pack.

All winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling and will be showcased at Visit or call 303-869-9174 for complete contest rules and an entry form. The contest is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the AgInsights Committee and Northeastern Junior College.

Community kitchen seeks volunteers

The St. Michael’s Community Kitchen is seeking volunteers to help prepare, serve and deliver meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Community Kitchen serves about 150 people each day free of charge, including meals delivered to homebound residents. Volunteers also collect food donations throughout the week from Walmart, City Market, The Memorial Hospital and Village Inn, to be served with the meal or made available for people to take home. Meals are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Volunteers are especially needed on Thursdays to help serve and clean up during and after the meal, starting from about 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A weekly commitment is not required; individuals are welcome to volunteer once per month. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Robin Schiffbauer at 970-824-7148 or 970-629-8042. Paper welcomes reader photo submissions

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 Photos must be at least one 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 it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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