Craig briefs: Work continues on I-70 from Eagle to Edwards |

Craig briefs: Work continues on I-70 from Eagle to Edwards

The Colorado Department of Transportation continues to work on the Interstate 70 resurfacing project between mile markers 147 and 164 from Eagle to Edwards. Night work on the project will begin Monday in addition to daytime work, which should not impact traffic, according to a press release.

According to CDOT, night work will consist of the following operations involving lane closures:

■ Milling and paving operations in the westbound lanes between mile markers 147 and 152. 

■ Removal of concrete barricade and milling and paving operations on the various bridge structures throughout the project limits between mile markers 153 and 164.

■ Milling and paving of each of the four Wolcott interchange on- and off-ramps. This work is scheduled to be performed during the second week of night operations starting July 14 and should be completed in four night shifts.

The $8.4 million project is contracted through Old Castle United Companies, according to the press release.

Colo. 82 roadwork to run through October

Colorado Highway 82 in El Jebel will be resurfaced between Carbondale and El Jebel. Traffic delays and single-lane closures can be expected from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, according to CDOT. Traffic will not be affected between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for traffic toward Aspen and between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. for down-valley traffic. Starting Monday, there will be intersection closures at JW Drive and Valley Road. During these closures, traffic will be directed to use El Jebel Road and the eastern entrance of Valley Road. For information about this project, call 970-510-0723 or email

Moffat County Fair looking for vendors

Moffat County Fair is looking for vendors. For more information or for an application, visit or stop by the Extension Office at 539 Barclay St. 

Craig Lions Club to sponsor a local circus 

Craig Lions Club will sponsor the Culpepper & Meriweather Circus on July 14 in Craig. It will be held at the Moffat County Fairgrounds with two performances, the first at 2 p.m. and the second one at 4:30 p.m. Tickets to the event are being sold at the Chamber of Commerce and Shepherd & Sons Plumbing and Heating. The early prices are $6 for children 2 through 12 years old and $10 for children 13 and older. On the day of the show, the tickets are $10 for children and $13 for adults.

The money will be used for eye screenings and glasses for children. Skeeter the Clown will be in Craig from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 970-824-5814 or 970-756-6696.

VNA offers counseling on quitting tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents that smokeless tobacco (chew, snuff or dissolvable products) can lead to tooth decay, gum problems and mouth sores, according to a news release. Chemicals in smokeless tobacco products also are linked to cancers of the esophagus, mouth and pancreas. Youths are particularly vulnerable to tobacco industry tactics making smokeless tobacco products cheap and enticing.

Support can improve a person’s chance of kicking nicotine addiction and quitting smokeless tobacco for good, the release stated. The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The VNA also offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. There is no fee for the service. To be connected with a cessation counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

Rotary Club sponsors flag project in Craig

The Rotary Club of Craig once again is sponsoring the American flag project to encourage community support for Craig and the United States of America. Interested businesses and community members are asked to sponsor flags that the Rotary Club will then display throughout town on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Patriots Day (Sept. 11), Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

The flags are placed on light poles on both sides of Yampa Avenue from Fourth Street to Sixth Street. On Victory Way, the flags are placed on both sides of the street starting at Lincoln and then every 90 feet heading west. The number of flags that will be posted will depend on the number of sponsors. Last year, the Rotary Club placed 107 flags on both Yampa Avenue and Victory Way. 

The Rotary Club said the flags are a great way to impress visitors driving through the area. The cost to purchase a flag and take part in the program is $75 per flag, per year. All sponsors will be recognized in the Craig Daily Press at the beginning and end of the flag year.

For more information or to sign up as a flag sponsor, call Randy Looper at 970-826-4444 or email

Wellness Wednesday benefits area seniors

Wellness Wednesday, a program of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, is a day of activities for older adults every Wednesday at Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St. The day begins with a memoir writing class at 8:15 a.m. offered by Colorado Northwestern Community College. Two exercise classes, beginning and advanced Movement and Exercise, are at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at 11:30 a.m., and a guest presentation follows at noon. Pinochle begins at 1 p.m. Senior wellness checks and foot care with nurses also are available. Fees and/or appointments may be required for some activities. All are welcome. For more information, call 970-871-7676.  

Summer reading program at Moffat library

Moffat County Libraries’ summer reading program continues through Aug. 3. This year’s program is called “Dig Into Reading,” and all ages are welcome. The program includes prize drawings, story hours and a youth club.

The Youth Club, for children 8 and older, will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays. The club will offer crafts and other activities, and it is for reading program participants only.

Story-times will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays at the library.

Interested residents can sign up for the program at any time. For more information, call 970-824-7550.

Smithsonian traveling exhibit to visit Hayden

The Hayden Heritage Center Museum will host the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Journey Stories” from July 19 through Aug. 24. The museum also is working with Hayden schools and the West Routt County Reading Program with projects that will be on exhibit. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 4 p.m. July 19 with a Chamber mixer. All are welcome.

Reading programs are available at local library

Moffat County Libraries recently launched 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, a program intended to prepare children to learn to read upon entering school, according to a news release. Families are asked to sign up before their child enters kindergarten, and the library will provide reading logs to track reading. Children will receive a free book when the family reaches certain reading milestones. Families who read 1,000 books to their child before he or she reaches kindergarten have successfully completed the program.

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