Craig briefs: The Memorial Hospital announces resurfacing
The Memorial Hospital will be resurfacing and re-striping the main parking lots at the hospital. The work begins Thursday and will end Sunday. TMH will work to accommodate all patient parking needs, and apologizes for the inconvenience.
Colowyo comments on assessment due Friday
The deadline for comments regarding Colowyo Coal Mine’s South Taylor Environmental Assessment is Friday. Those who want to comment can do so at supportcolowyo.org.
Early season hunters advised of horse gather
Muzzleloader and archery hunters heading to Game Management Unit 21, located south of Rangely and west of Highway 139, are advised that the Bureau of Land Management will conduct excess horse gather operations in the area beginning Sept. 14, coinciding with the start of the early hunting seasons.
The BLM said it will focus on gathering 167 horses in West Douglas Horse Area first, but if officials are unable to gather the required number of horses there, they may move operations east into GMU 22.
The BLM estimates that operations may run a week to 10 days. Note, this is not the Sand Wash Basin herd.
“We prefer that this take place at a time that does not affect hunters, but that is not our decision,” Northwest Regional Manager Ron Velarde, of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said in a statement. “All we can do is alert hunters that they need to take the horse gather into consideration when making plans.”
The gather operations will include helicopters, support vehicles and personnel on the ground. Until the operations have concluded, the BLM is asking everyone to avoid the area. Hunters are advised to seek alternative hunting areas within the GMUs.
For more information, contact the BLM at 970-210-2126 or 970-878-3842, or visit blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo/wrfo_wild_horses.html.
Ejection Exhibits shows risks of no seat belt
You’re 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle if you’re not buckled up, said the Colorado Department of Transportation in a press release.
With that statistic in mind, the CDOT has developed three eye-catching exhibits to spark the seat belt conversation in Pueblo County, which has the lowest seat belt use in the state. Using crash test dummies, the “Ejection Exhibits” simulate, but clearly show, the deadly consequences that can happen when you don’t wear your seat belt.
“Not taking the few seconds to put on a seat belt can have disastrous results, including ejection through the windshield, which is an often deadly consequence for unrestrained occupants,” Carol Gould, highway safety manager for CDOT, said in a statement. In the past two years, 18 (60 percent) of the 30 passenger vehicle fatalities in Pueblo County occurred when the occupants weren’t buckled up.
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