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Craig briefs: Yampa River levels higher than normal

Moffat County Emergency Management would like to remind residents that the Yampa River is higher than normal.

"Everyone needs to be careful around the rivers and streams," Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Soos said. "River graphs were near bank flow. Elkhead Dam will start spilling over. The river is going to be running hard, and it's going to be running fast."

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CDOT awards $81,400 in funding to Horizons

Horizons Specialized Services was awarded $81,400 in Federal Transit Administration capital funding through the Colorado Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

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CDOT issued its first Consolidated Call for Capital Projects in October 2013, soliciting proposals for Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery and FTA funding programs. Horizons requested funding from Section 5310 for replacement rolling stock to be used to purchase four vehicles based in Routt and Moffat counties.

Section 5310 makes funding available to private nonprofits in rural and small, urbanized areas.

"This grant award will help us stay aligned with our core value of the paramount importance of health and safety," said Deirdre Pepin, Horizons resource development coordinator. "We have 22 vehicles to serve the 219 children, adults and families in our 14,000-square-mile service area. Our vehicle average age is nine years. The four vehicles we're replacing are the oldest and in the poorest condition."

In the five counties of Northwest Colorado, Horizons speech and occupational therapists drive to families' homes to provide early intervention services to children 3 years old and younger.

Vehicles also are used for day-to-day transportation for adults with disabilities to get to work, doctor appointments and community activities.

Horizons Executive Director Susan Mizen emphasized the importance of inclusion.

"Especially in Craig, where there is no public transportation, we use our vehicles to make sure the adults in our program are out and about in the community. It's so important for them to exercise with Aging Well, shop at thrift stores, do their grocery shopping and so much more."

Grants are available for Moffat, Routt nonprofits

The Yampa Valley Community Foundation is accepting applications online for 2014 Community Grants.

Nonprofit applicants from Routt and Moffat counties are welcome to apply and should submit a letter of intent by June 16 at http://www.yvcf.org/receive. Email erin@yvcf.org or call 970-879-8632 with questions.

Forest Service to co-host bird event Saturday

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Routt National Forest will co-host a family-friendly event Saturday near Hayden, according to a press release.

The Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District has partnered with the Nature Conservancy, Yampatika and the Yampa Valley Birding Club to put on the free family activity.

The event will be held at the Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch, located just east of Hayden, from 8 a.m. to noon, featuring a bird walk, arts, crafts, an appearance by Woodsy Owl, story time, songs and a build-a-nest activity.

Information may also be found on this website http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter @MBRNFsTBNG.