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May 26 Musings

Newspaper honors birthdays — anyone from age 0 to 101

Do you have loved ones you'd like to wish a happy birthday to publicly? Send them birthday wishes through the newspaper.

"We would like to honor your friend/family members by celebrating their special day dedicated only to them," said Craig Daily Press Publisher Renee Campbell. "We hope this will be a fun new addition in the Craig Daily Press and to our community."

The paper would like to honor all age groups. Send a photo, the date of birth and a special message to submissions to birthdayclub@craigdailypress.com. Word limit is 15 words. This is a free service to our community members.

Don't rush to rescue young varieties of Colorado wildlife

Spring has come to Colorado, bringing out blooms, rain showers and young wildlife. As birds and mammals give birth, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds citizens that newborn wildlife may be found in backyards, along trails or in open spaces. The best course of action is to leave them alone, according to a news release.

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Each year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife receives scores of calls from concerned residents about wildlife that has presumably been abandoned by adult animals. Many are tempted to help a young animal by picking it up or trying to feed it; however, it is critical that people understand there is no substitute for an animal's natural parents.

Wildlife experts agree it is normal for adult animals to leave their young in a safe place while they forage for food, and often, baby birds are learning to fly near their nests when they are deemed abandoned. While well-meaning people sometimes gather these baby animals and bring them to wildlife rehabilitation facilities, it is often the wrong thing to do.

In addition to potential harm for wildlife, humans should recognize the potential danger to themselves, as well.  There can be risks associated with the handling of wild animals, including the transmission of rabies, distemper or other illnesses. Wildlife can also carry fleas that might subsequently spread disease to humans or pets.

Gasoline prices rise by 5.4 cents per gallon in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have risen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.36 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado.

That compares with the national average that has fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.33 per gallon, according to gasoline price website gasbuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Friday were 21.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and 3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 8.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices May 15 in Colorado have ranged widely the past five years.

 2016: $2.14 per gallon

 2015: $2.56 per gallon

 2014: $3.45 per gallon

 2013: $3.66 per gallon

Agencies encourage wise insurance claim practices

Spring in Colorado and severe weather — hail storms, heavy snowstorms, tornadoes and floods — often go hand-in-hand.

The Colorado Division of Insurance, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, encourages consumers to take five to get wise when handling insurance claims and repairs in the wake of storm damage. DOI also reminds consumers to stay smart, as storm damaged areas tend to bring out unscrupulous contractors looking to scam consumers.