Craig briefs: Valentines Day Dance hosted alongside events
The Downtown Business Association is hosting a Valentine’s Dance in conjunction with Art Walk/Taste of Chocolate on Saturday. The dance is free for all ages and will be from 7 to 10 p.m. on the second floor of the Elks Lodge, 43 West Victory Way. A live DJ will be on hand to play sweetheart and country music. For more information, call 970-756-1308.
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 anytime, 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.
The public is reminded that only written comments will be incorporated into the management plan and must be received by March 4. To provide your written comments, respond to a short online survey, available at: http://www.research.net/s/b1dauplansurvey, or mail comments to Stephanie Duckett c/o Colorado Parks and Wildlife 711 Independent Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81505.
Photo submissions are accepted by newspaper
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 editor@CraigDailyPress.com.
Photos must be at lease 1 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 where it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.
If you have questions, call Daily Press Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.
Measles vaccination recommendations
The United States is experiencing a multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December 2014. Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after a person is infected and begin with fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis (red, water eyes). A rash appears within five days after symptoms start.
Infection can cause pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles is still common in other countries. Infection can be prevented with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. The CDC’s recommends the following individuals receive the vaccine:
■ All children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12 to 15 months old and the second dose at 4 to 6 years old. Special vaccination recommendations may apply to infants and children travelling internationally.
■ Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (documentation of adequate vaccination or having had the illness) should have one or two doses of the MMR vaccine, depending on their risk. Two doses are recommended for adults who are in a post-secondary school, work in a health care facility or are planning international travel. Children and adults can receive the second dose 28 days or more after the first dose.
For more information about measles vaccination, go to http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination. The MMR vaccine is available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. For more information, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig.
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