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EPA to visit, tour Craig; public welcome to join

Moffat County Com-missioner John Kinkaid has organized an Environmental Protection Agency listening tour that will take place Wednesday. The event is hosted by the county in conjunction with Club 20 and Craig City Council member Ray Beck.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Moffat County High School Auditorium, addressing the EPA's new proposed rule for carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. On Sept. 11, EPA Region 8 officials will visit Craig and tour Craig Station.

"I'm hoping that by having the EPA here, they'll be able to go back to Denver and remember their visit when formulating the Colorado plan. I hope we can carve out a way for our local power plants, here and in Hayden, to stay in business for the foreseeable future," Kinkaid said.

EPA Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath is a guest speaker at the event, along with Craig Station Manager Rick Johnson, Independence Institute Energy Policy Director Amy Oliver Cooke, Yampa Valley Data Partners Director Keith Kramer and Kinkaid.

The public is urged to attend, Kinkaid said.

Life jackets required for all Colorado watercraft

There are still plenty of days remaining to enjoy water sports, and all watercraft owners are reminded to know the rules for carrying life jackets on board.

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All water vessels — power boats, pontoon boats, paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, sailboats, canoes, rowboats, etc. — must carry one life jacket for every passenger on board. All passengers ages 12 and younger must wear a life jacket when aboard a vessel on the water.

Park rangers will write citations to boaters who are not abiding by the life-jacket rules. The fine is $52.50.

Annual hay directory to promote local producers

The Colorado Department of Agriculture publishes the Colorado Hay Directory annually to help connect Colorado hay producers with buyers, according to a press release.

The 2014 edition of the directory now is available to the public at no cost.

"The directory is a great way for Colorado hay producers to market their hay," Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture, said in a statement. "Hay buyers from throughout Colorado and across the country request the publication."

The 28th edition of the Colorado Hay Directory features producers and brokers of hay as well as companies that provide hay-related products and services. Categorized by region, each listing includes the type and amount of hay available, bale type and size, whether or not laboratory analysis is available, certified weed-free status and identifies organic hay. 

The directory and other hay resources are available online at http://www.coloradoagriculture.com. For more information or to request a copy of the 2014 Colorado Hay Directory, call the Colorado Department of Agriculture at 303-869-9175. 

Sponsor an American flag with Craig Rotary

Craig Rotary is selling sponsorships for its American flag program. Each contribution sponsors a flag that will be placed along Victory Way and Yampa Avenue for patriotic holidays through the year. As the number of sponsorships grows, so does the number of flags. Sponsorship costs $75 per flag. To sponsor a flag, call Bob Johnson at 970-846-3647 or Randy Morton at 970-620-1326.

Gun group announces victory in Castle Rock

Castle Rock's recent special election, one riddled with conflict and lawsuits, had its results certified earlier this year, according to a press release.

Both initiatives have passed, thus removing the ban on open carry on town property, limiting the power of the town manager and putting decisions on future second amendment restrictions into the hands of the citizens.

The Colorado Second Amendment Association, formed by members of the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, which recalled Sen. John Morse in 2013, provided assistance in this effort through its Issue Committee, Freedom for Castle Rock. This issue committee and its registered agent, Don Mulligan, worked to inform Castle Rock citizens of the upcoming election and the effect of a "yes" vote on both initiatives.

"This is a big win for gun rights in Colorado," said Luke Wagner, president of C2AA. "It was yet another testament to the power of citizen involvement in their local political processes." 

For more information, please visit http://www.colorado2a.org. For questions or to schedule an interview, please send an email to contact@colorado2a.org  

CPW asks to keep 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.

Moffat County Birding Club seeks members

Craig resident Patti Mosbey started the Moffat County Birding Club earlier this year where a bird enthusiasts meet to discuss bird species, take photographs of birds and go on birding outings. The bird club offers a great opportunity to meet new people and see new places. Find the group on Facebook under Moffat County birding. For more information, call 970-629-1098.