Wildfires continue to burn across the country. Nearly a third of the 47 wildfires actively burning in the United States are burning in Colorado. That’s according to the U.S. Forest Service. Colorado is suffering one of the worst wildfire seasons in history. In Craig, the Craig Interagency Dispatch Center has responded to 67 wildfires, 28 smoke checks, and five false alarms, as of Tuesday afternoon. Six fires have been substantial in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties. And August is considered the peak of the western fire season.
Because of the heat and drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated three counties in Utah as Primary Natural Disaster Areas. It means producers in the three counties of Duchesne, Tooele, and Uintah counties, and those contiguous counties in Colorado, are eligible to apply for emergency loans. Those Colorado counties include Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco.
Monday is your chance to meet the three finalists up for the job of City Manager in Craig. An open house is from 5-7 p.m. this Monday evening, July 16, at the Museum of Northwest Colorado.
This week’s Chamber Mixer is Thursday, hosted by the Craig Association of Realtors, in conjunction with the Craig Fire Department. Door prizes include things like smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Meet the fire fighters and tour the station. It’s from 5-7 tomorrow, at 419 Yampa Ave. Please RSVP to the Craig Chamber of Commerce, who is coordinating the event.
The Yampa River Clean-up Day was Saturday, in Hayden, Craig, and Steamboat. Some interesting things were found. Steamboat volunteers wrote it down on the 12 mile section that was cleaned up in that area. There was a drone in the water, and 40 pounds of rusty mining equipment. 105 golf balls, 265 pieces of plastic, 19 pairs of sunglasses, an American flag, a handmade wooden raft, 380 cigarette butts, and a one dollar bill. Among other things. Two more clean-up days are scheduled for the Yampa July 30 and August 27.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is looking for some trail work volunteers, at State Forest State Park, which is 22 miles south of Walden. The Trail Work Days are July 14, which is this Saturday, and then Aug. 25. Call 970-723-8366 if you can help.
Hayden Daze is a summer celebration in Hayden. This Friday is a community dance and dinner at Dry Creek Park. Saturday is the Hayden Daze Parade starting at 10:30 in the morning, followed by Disc Golf, a Home Run Derby, Cornhole Tournament and lots more fun for the whole family. More information is at www.HaydenColorado.org
There is a bowling fundraiser Saturday, for Susan Reeves. It’s from 7 to 11 p.m. at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center. Reeves was badly beaten by a family member last month, and left to die in a house fire. Any money raised will go to her medical expenses, and to repairing her home. Besides the bowling, there will be karaoke, face-painting, an auction and door prizes, all happening this Saturday night.
The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high of 92 degrees. Thursday, we could get some isolated thunderstorms throughout the day with temperatures in the mid 80s.
In FIFA World Cup Soccer, France beat Belgium, one to zip Tuesday, in the semi-finals. Croatia faces off against England at noon today.
The big bear trophy for the Yampa Cup is back in Craig. It’s a golfing event in Northwest Colorado. The men’s club of Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig plays the men of the Steamboat Springs Golf Club. And it happened last weekend. This year, the team from Craig took the title back, along with that big bear trophy.