Moffat County news round-up: BLM opens public comment on 20 parcels slated for mineral lease sale
The Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office has opened public comment on 20 parcels in Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties slated for a competitive mineral lease sale in February.
The parcels total 12,038 acres of federal mineral estate, with 47 percent being under the management of the BLM and 53 percent under non-federal management.
The Little Snake Field Office considered offering an additional 39 parcels totaling 51,100 acres for the February sale, but deferred because the units have been designated as preliminary priority Sage Grouse habitat.
The majority of those additional parcels are located in Moffat County.
On Friday the Little Snake Field Office released a draft environmental assessment on the 20 parcels up for sale in February.
The environmental assessment is available online or at the Little Snake Field Office, 455 Emerson St. in Craig.
Deadline for written comments is Sept. 17. Comments may be submitted in person at the address above or by email to email@example.com.
Forty-nine percent of proceeds from all mineral lease sales benefit the State of Colorado.
In fiscal year 2011, Colorado received $154 million in royalties, rentals and bonus bid payments for all federal minerals, including oil and natural gas.
Bonfils blood drive set for today
Bonfils Blood Center will host a community blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. today at The Memorial Hospital in Craig, 750 Hospital Loop.
To make an appointment call the Bonfils Appointment Center at (303) 363-2300 or (800) 365-0006, opt. 2. Appointments also can be made online at http://www.bonfils.org by using the group No. 0183.
Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Participants are asked to eat a full meal and drink a lot of water before donating, which should take about an hour.
For more information, call Kristine Cooper at (970) 826-2270 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buffalo Pass Road to be Temporarily Closed on Parks Ranger District
Beginning this week, the Parks Ranger District portion of the Buffalo Pass Road (Forest Road 60) will be temporarily closed to the public for removal of beetle-killed hazard trees, the U.S. Forest Service announced in a news release.
The route is a popular one between North Park and the Yampa Valley that provides year-round recreation access.
Initially, while logging operations occur along isolated sections east of the junction with the Hidden Lakes Road (Forest Road 20), the closure will be intermittent with one-hour delays for the first gates at this junction as well as near the summit at the junction with Forest Road 310, according to the release.
The road will be closed each week between Monday at 7 a.m. and Friday at 5 p.m. Friday through Monday at 7 a.m. Contract work is expected to be completed by December 1, the release stated.
“I recognize the importance of not shutting down this popular route all week and have decided to keep it open on weekends and holidays,” said Parks District Ranger Mike Wright in the release. “While I do understand that this will still impact some hunters in the coming months, this project is needed to ensure long-term public safety.”
Forest Roads 625 and 627 are also expected to be closed at their junctions with the Teal Lake Road (Forest Road 615) this week for hazard tree removal. Forest Road 625 is located about 1 mile northwest from the junction of Forest Roads 60 and 615. Forest Road 627 is located about 1.5 miles north of Teal Lake Campground, the release stated.
Depending on when work is completed on Forest Road 60, the contractor may begin clearing hazard trees on Forest Road 615 until snow shuts down their operations. More information will be provided to the public once the next stage of operations is known, according to the release.
For more information about the status of this project, contact the Parks Ranger District at 970-723-8204.
USDA releases state, national slaughter market numbers
As of Aug. 1 the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates 940,000 calves and cattle are on feed for the Colorado slaughter market at feedlots with a 1,000 head capacity or larger.
The latest inventory is down three percent from July estimates of 970,000 head and also down three percent when compared to last year’s inventory figures.
Cattle feeders with a 1,000 head capacity marketed an estimated 180,000 cattle in July, a six percent increase from June, but an eight percent decrease from July 2011.
An estimated 155,000 calves and cattle were placed on feed in July, a 24 percent increase from June, but a nine percent decrease when compared to this time last year.
Of the cattle placed on feed in July, 16 percent weighed less than 600 pounds, 13 percent weighed between 600 to 699 pounds, 26 percent weighed 700 to 799 pounds, and 45 percent weighed 800 pounds or greater.
The number of calves and cattle on feed for the U.S. slaughter market was 10.7 million, according to USDA Aug. 1 estimates.
The inventory is one percent higher than 2011 estimates, but July placements — totaling 1.92 million head — was down 10 percent compared to July 2011.
School assistance program taking applications
Families with school-aged children at any grade level can apply for assistance in clothing and supplies from several local programs.
The deadline for applications is Sept. 7.
For more information contact (970) 826-4400 from 9 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday, and from 2 p.m. to 5 Tuesday and Thursdays.
The Love INC program includes necessities such as backpacks, pencils and paper as well as two full sets of clothing and one pair of shoes.
CNCC barbeque set for Wednesday
Colorado Northwest Community College’s Craig Campus Community Barbeque will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the patio on the east end of the academic building, 2801 West Ninth St. — north of Memorial Hospital.
Community members are invited to join CNCC in a celebration of the first anniversary of the new Craig campus and enjoy the college’s art collection, located indoors and outside the campus buildings.
Complimentary drinks, hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and cookies will be served.
For information, call 824-1109 or email email@example.com.
MCHS to host open house
Moffat County High School will host an open house for freshmen and new students from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Students may pick up their schedules and locker assignments in the second floor commons beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be a short presentation for freshman parents in the auditorium at 5:30.
If you have any questions, please call Mrs. Duzik at 826-6610 or Mrs. Moore at 826-6611.
Story-time cancelled this week
The Craig Branch of the Moffat County Libraries will not have Story-Time this Thursday, Aug. 23.
For more information, call the library at 824-7550.
Viz-Abilities meeting slated
The Northwest Colorado Viz-Abilities, a group supporting residents with low vision, will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 in the second floor library at Sunset Meadows.
Call 826-0833 for a ride.
Craig Daily Press seeking new editorial board members
The Craig Daily Press is seeking people to participate on its next editorial board.
Editorial board members meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays to discuss the newspaper’s opinion pieces for that week’s Wednesday and Saturday editions.
Editorial board terms last three months.
Those who are interested or would like additional information should call the Daily Press at 824-7031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Next week, Colorado Northwestern Community College and Moffat County are hosting a free day-long seminar for local ranchers and agriculture producers.