Buckle up. That’s the message from churches in Colorado right now. It’s a seat belt enforcement campaign going on this week, and the churches are the ones spreading the word, with help from the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies. They’re targeting rural areas in Colorado, which tend to have the lowest seat belt use rates in the state. Colorado’s statewide seat belt use rate is 84 percent, which is in the bottom third of the nation. For pickup trucks, it’s 76.5 percent of people use a seatbelt. In Moffat County, it’s estimated at 88.5 percent use seatbelts. 233 people died in car crashes in Colorado last year who weren’t wearing seatbelts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that about 60 lives could be saved every year in Colorado if everyone buckled up.
The Rio Blanco Herald Times in Meeker is reporting two verified reports of rattlesnakes in town. One was in the Sage Hills subdivision and another behind the visitor bleachers at Starbuck Stadium.
The City of Craig, Road and Bridge Department is doing chip sealing in Craig this week. It means no parking during the project. For details on exactly where, each day, call 970-824-4463.
The Local Marketing District Board is meeting this afternoon. On the agenda is the Broadband funding request, and a funding request from the Craig Chamber of Commerce. Plus, Colorado Hunter Advertising will be discussed. A project with MOCO Trails is also on the agenda. The meeting is at 4 p.m. today at CNCC, Room 175.
The Moffat County School District Board is meeting tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CNCC. The board will discuss the measures of student success, the Early Literacy Grant, the Project Lead the Way Launch, and a plan for technology for the high school.
South Routt Medical Center is now offering dental services in Oak Creek. It’s through a new partnership with Northwest Colorado Health. Services are available at the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek. Northwest Colorado Health also provides dental services at its community health centers in Steamboat, and in Craig at the Northwest Colorado Health Dental Clinic there. Medicaid is accepted and all patients receive services, regardless of ability to pay. More information is at www.NorthwestColoradoHealth.org/dental
The Moffat Road Railroad Museum in Granby has finally relocated a 225,000 pound steam crane. It’s from 1913, and the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad. It’s been sitting on the Union Pacific Tracks just north of the museum. Finally, a company out of Salida used to large cranes to put the historic piece of railroad stock onto temporary tracks next to the Union Pacific Tracks. The historic steam crane weighs over 112 tons. The crane was used in Grand County to clear obstructions and wrecks from the railroad tracks.
Two new chains are opening in Glenwood Springs, in the old Sports Authority space. Glenwood is getting a Natural Grocers and a Marshalls clothing store.
The deadline to apply for royalty for the Routt County Fair is Wednesday. Tryouts are July 27 at Soroco High School. Find out more at the website http://routtcountyfairroyalty.weebly.com/
Today will be partly cloudy, with some sunshine, some clouds, and maybe a thunderstorm. The high will be around 90 degrees. The sun will set this evening at 8:38. Wednesday will be sunny.
The Mighty Dogs Volleyball Camp continues today and tomorrow at Moffat County High School.
A lot of Craig kids will be at soccer practice tonight through Craig Parks and Recreation, at Woodbury Sports Complex.
A very rare baseball card is on display right now, at the History Colorado Center. It’s a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, in perfect condition. It was delivered by armored truck to be on display for 72 hours. The man who owns it is a retired lawyer out of Denver. The 1952 Mickey Mantle card is so rare because unsold cards were returned by retailers making room for the 1953 cards. Then all of those old 1952 cards were sunk on a barge in the Hudson River. This special baseball card on display right now at the History Colorado Center is insured for $12 million dollars.