Craig briefs: Village Inn launches 1st responders campaign |

Craig briefs: Village Inn launches 1st responders campaign

To celebrate the holiday season, Village Inn is kicking off its second annual Serving Those Who Serve Us campaign to honor those who serve the community and cannot always be home for the holidays, according to a press release.

Whether it’s a doctor or nurse on call, a firefighter working on Christmas Eve, a police officer on duty Thanksgiving night or active or retired military personnel from the local community — Village Inn wants to make sure these first responders still have a sweet and happy holiday.

With Serving Those Who Serve Us, Village Inn gives people the chance to nominate local heroes to enjoy The Best Pie In America by receiving a dozen free whole pies to enjoy and share with their family and colleagues during the holidays. Launched last year, the Serving Those Who Serve Us program received hundreds of nominations and honored first responders all across the country for service to their local community.

Nominators are limited to one nomination per holiday that can be made online through or by clicking on the link to the nomination form on Village Inn’s Facebook page. Selected winners will be notified and a pie delivery will be coordinated.

Nominations for Village Inn’s “Serving Those Who Serve Us” ends at 9 a.m. Dec. 31.

CPW: Remove objects that entangle big game 

Throughout Colorado, deer are entering the mating season and residents are reminded to put away equipment in which big game animals can become tangled. Residents also are asked to be careful how outdoor Christmas decorations are hung. 

On Nov. 8, a large mule deer buck got stuck in the ropes of a batting cage at Durango High School. Fortunately, a passer-by saw the deer and alerted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. A wildlife officer sawed off the animal’s antlers to set it free.

“Every year big game animals get hung up in items such as volleyball nets, hammocks and Christmas ornaments,” Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango, said in a statement. “When that happens it’s very stressful for the animal, sometimes fatal and it can be dangerous for people.”

Deer, especially bucks, are active at this time of year as they chase females and compete with other bucks. They are focused completely on “the rut” and are less wary of human-made structures and vehicles. 
CPW urges everyone to look for items that could cause problems, such as clotheslines, trampolines, low-hanging wires, swing sets, tomato cages, plastic fencing, chicken wire, bicycles, toys, etc. If you see an animal tangled in something, contact the local CPW office. 

Motorists cautioned to watch out for wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Coloradans that daylight saving time ended Nov. 2, according to a press release.

As we fall back to an earlier end of the day, motorists should be on the lookout for migrating wildlife. Fall is the breeding season for elk, deer and moose, and males will pursue mates aggressively and may not be inhibited by traffic.

In addition, as they migrate from their summer to winter range, ungulates are more active but less visible during this time of year.

Wildlife officials add that because bears are especially active as they prepare for hibernation, collisions are common, especially at dusk and dawn.

“Bears need up to 20,000 calories each day and are constantly on the move, especially at night, in search of food,” Parks and Wildlife Senior Terrestrial Biologist Brian Dreher said in a statement. “It makes them more susceptible to getting hit by a car.”

Wildlife officials caution motorists that collisions with wildlife can result in injuries and death, not only to the wild animal but to humans, as well. They advise that reducing speed, following nighttime speed limits in migration corridors and being alert to their surroundings protects people as well as Colorado’s wildlife.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the highest incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions in 2013 occurred in La Plata, Jefferson, El Paso, Douglas, Garfield, Moffat, Larimer and Montezuma counties.

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BLM to burn slash piles within Jackson County

The Bureau of Land Management’s Kremmling Field Office is planning to burn slash piles of lodgepole pine if weather conditions are favorable. Fire personnel will burn slash piles when snow is at least 3 inches or more on the ground and the chance of fire spreading is unlikely.

Of the two slash pile locations, the first burn to be conducted will be on Independence Mountain. The piles are 15 miles northwest of Walden on BLM land, 6 miles west of Colorado Highway 125 and 2 miles north of Jackson County Road 6 West. The slash is the result of salvage timber sales and hazardous fuel reduction projects to remove beetle killed timber.

The second location is Kings Canyon 20 miles north of Walden on BLM land. The slash piles are the product of removing hazardous fuels.

Removing and burning flammable debris will lower the risk of catastrophic wildland fire providing a safer environment for the public and firefighters.

Smoke may be visible from Walden, Cowdry and Colo. 125 and 127. Burn plans have been prepared and approved and ignition will only take place if weather and ground conditions are within specifically determined parameters that allow for safe and efficient operations. Smoke permits from the Colorado State Air Pollution Division are in place.

For more information, call 970-724-3033.

Paper takes community photograph 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 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.

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