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Craig briefs: Voting now open for Hunter Photo Contest

The Craig Daily Press has opened the voting for its annual Hunter Photo Contest. All photos are now posted on the newspaper's Facebook page, and whoever gets the most likes on their hunting photo by 4 p.m. Dec. 12 will receive a $250 gift certificate to Murdoch's. Additionally, many of the photos could appear in next year's Colorado Hunter magazine.

For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Shopping local topic at Coffee and a Newspaper

The Craig Daily Press will host its next Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. The topic will be about shopping local for all your holiday needs. Join Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley for the discussion. Coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.

Grand County slash piles to be burnt this week

The Bureau of Land Management Kremmling Field Office is planning to burn slash piles of lodgepole pine Monday through Thursday if weather conditions are favorable, according to a news release.

All the slash piles are on BLM land and fire personnel will only burn slash piles when there are at least 3 inches of snow or more on the ground and chances of fire spreading is unlikely. There are three separate burn areas, and which day they are burned will depend on predicted smoke dispersal and weather circumstances.

Slash pile locations are:

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Reed Creek: The slash piles are three miles southwest of Granby in the Reed Creek area.

Walden Hollow: The slash piles are northeast of Granby near Grand County Road 60.

Spruce Creek: The piles are in Summit, Eagle and Grand counties.

There are about 90 slash piles total and each location is expected to require one day of burning. Burning the flammable debris will lower the risk of catastrophic wildland fire providing a safer environment for the public and firefighters. Smoke may be visible from Granby Highway 9 and pile areas during active burning. 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.

Please call Kevin Thompson, fire management specialist, at 970-724-3033 for more information.

CPW: Keep your dogs from chasing wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is issuing a warning to people whose dogs chase wildlife: Keep them under control and away from deer, elk and other wild animals, or face the possibility of steep fines and the loss of a beloved pet.

Dogs that chase wild animals can cause them extreme stress and injuries from bites, wildlife officials said.

By late winter, many big game animals that are susceptible to dog harassment are pregnant females. As they run to escape, deer and elk expend crucial energy that can lead to an increase in the mortality rate of the animals or their unborn calves and fawns.

To report any instance of dogs chasing wildlife, the public can call the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or Colorado State Patrol. In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274, including surcharges.

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 over the country for service to their local community.

Nominators are limited to one nomination per holiday that can be made online through http://www.villageinn.com/servingthosewhoserveus 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.