News briefs for Aug. 17 |

News briefs for Aug. 17

Group seeking cute pets

The Humane Society of Moffat County is looking for the cutest pets in the county to be featured in the 2006 Pet Mates Calendar.

Pet owners should submit photos of their pets by 5 p.m. Sept. 1. Entries may be digital or high-quality prints. Digital files must be in .jpg format (at least 200 dpi and 6 inches wide). Prints or CDs may be dropped off to the Craig Daily Press, 466 Yampa Ave. Digital files may also be e-mailed to

The contest is free and is not limited to cats and dogs, but the animal should live in your home within Moffat County. Include the pets’ and owners’ names, addresses, phone numbers and pets’ ages.

Local veterinarians will choose the top 24 pets. Pictures of the finalists will be displayed at the Golden Leaf Festival on Sept. 24 in downtown Craig. Community members will vote for the 12 winners by placing money in jars for their favorites. Also, pet owners may place their pets’ birth or adoption dates on a calendar square for $3 each.

The 12 Pet Mates selected then will be photographed by Craig Daily Press photographer Michelle Perry in themes matching their calendar months. Calendars are expected to go on sale Dec. 1.

For more information, call Michelle Perry at 824-7031 or Sandy Feeney at 824-4360.

Prescribed burn at Ryegrass Draw

The Bureau of Land Management began a prescribed burn Monday in Ryegrass Draw, about one mile west of Greystone near County Road 56. The burn started about one week earlier than planned because of current favorable weather conditions. The burn is a continuation of a project that began in 2003.

The project area is about 800 acres of private and BLM public lands. The purpose of the burn, in conjunction with mechanical treatments previously completed in the area, is to provide protection to the community of Greystone from wildland fires. The reduction of fuels also will aid firefighters in future suppression actions.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 318. All required permits have been obtained. Burning will be conducted under good to better smoke dispersion, which should loft most of the smoke over Greystone and minimize smoke effects.

Ranch horse clinic at fairgrounds this week

A ranch horse clinic with Don Ulmer will be held Friday and Saturday at the Routt County Fairgrounds, the day before the Routt County Fair ranch horse competition. The cost is $45. Register by calling Marianne Sasak at 879-5214.

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