Craig briefs: Work to cause delays on Colorado Highway 9 |

Craig briefs: Work to cause delays on Colorado Highway 9

Crews are working to install a wildlife overpass structure on State Highway 9 through today, according to a news release.

This structure spans the length of the highway and is being installed using two construction cranes.

Due to the nature of this installation, 45-minute stops both northbound and southbound are needed to ensure proper and safe placement of the structure. Complete road closures will be in place for

45 minutes at a time.

Additionally, crews will be working to complete paving construction from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Motorists should utilize State Highway 131 or U.S. Highway 40 to avoid delays.

For more information related to this project, contact the public information team via email at or by phone at 970-724-4724. 

Registration open for Sept. fire conference

Registration is still open for the 2015 Colorado Wildland Fire Conference, at which where speakers will discuss “Creating Fire Adapted Communities,” according to a news release.

Anyone interested in reducing their community’s vulnerability to wildfire is encouraged to attend. A “Fire Adapted Community” incorporates people, buildings, businesses, infrastructure, cultural resources and natural areas to prepare for the effects of wildfire.

The conference will take place at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village Thursday through Sept. 26.

More than 30 presentations, which cover a wide range of wildland fire related topics are planned.

In addition, each day of the conference kicks off with a keynote speaker. To learn more about the conference and register, visit

18th annual contest celebrates agriculture

The 18th annual “Colorado … it’s AgriCultural” photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state’s agricultural heritage, according to a news release.

Entries must be submitted to the Colorado Department of Agriculture via e-mail with an official entry form by Dec. 31. All photographs must be taken in the 2015 calendar year and must relate to Colorado agriculture in some way. Prizes will be awarded in five subject areas: agritourism, crops, livestock, people and open professional. Amateur and professional photographers are encouraged to enter, however, professionals may only enter agriculture-related photographs in the “open professional” category.

Judging will be based on theme, creativity and technical quality. The photographer whose photo best depicts the “spirit” of Colorado agriculture will receive $150, and category winners will receive a “Colorado … it’s AgriCultural” prize pack. All winning photographs will be displayed in the Beede-Hamil Agriculture Building at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, and will be showcased at

Visit or call 303-869-9174 for complete contest rules and an entry form. The contest is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the AgInsights Committee and Northeastern Junior College.

Paper welcomes reader photo 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 least one 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 it was taken. The newspaper prefers recent and timely photos.

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