Craig briefs: Gas prices continue to fall across state |

Craig briefs: Gas prices continue to fall across state

Gas prices continue to fall across state

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.12 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.18 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices yesterday were 92.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 28.5 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 10.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 79.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“The gas price slide across much of the nation has continued for the third straight week,” Will Speer, GasBuddy’s senior petroleum analyst for the Midcontinent and Southwest, said in a statement. “Planned fall refinery maintenance had put the Midwest in the spotlight as the region hardest hit with refinery rate reductions, but as we reach November, refinery maintenance projects are beginning to wrap up as evident in EIA’s weekly report, which saw refinery utilization rates improve. Improving refinery rates paired with WTI-crude trading steadily around the $46 per barrel range will keep downward pressure on gas prices through November.”

For a complete listing of current averages and other fuel price data, visit For fuel news and alerts, follow @gasbuddynews on Twitter.

MADD plans 1st National Day of Remembrance

Mothers Against Drunk Driving announced a first-of-its-kind National Day of Remem-brance to honor those who have been killed or injured in drunk or drugged driving crashes or as a result of underage drinking consequences; as well as those who have been emotionally devastated by these violent and preventable crimes.

To culminate the organization’s 35th Anniversary, MADD will host a National Day of Remembrance on Dec. 3 with events taking place in cities across the country to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking.

“Over 10,000 people every year are killed and another 290,000 are injured as a result of drunk driving,” said MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church, whose 18-year-old son Dustin was killed in an underage drunk and drugged driving crash. “Countless loved ones are left behind to cope with these tragedies and rebuild their lives. MADD’s National Day of Remembrance is a chance for communities across the nation to come together and offer support and comfort to those who need it, during the holidays and beyond.”

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and the deadliest month of the year for drunk driving crashes. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in 2013, 846 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

New Year’s Day is the deadliest single day of the year for drunk driving — with 44 drunk driving fatalities on that day in 2013 alone. A total of 161 people were killed by drunk driving crashes during the New Year’s holiday in 2013. 

CPW offers free state park admission for some

Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers all military men and women free admission to Colorado’s state parks on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

“CPW is proud to honor our veterans and military members this Veterans Day,” CPW Spokesman Matt Robbins said in a statement. “Free access to Colorado’s State Parks is our way to say ‘thank you’ and provide a special place for those who serve this great country to relax, renew and reflect.”

Boating, fishing, camping, hiking and wildlife viewing are just a few of the activities to enjoy, adds Robbins. Use the Park Finder at to locate a park near you.

To obtain free admission to a state park, veterans, active duty military personnel (including active duty, Reserve and National Guard members) and their families must show identification.

Motorists reminded to go slowly for wildlife

As Sunday brought an end to daylight saving-saving time, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds Colorado motorists of the higher risk of being involved in a wildlife-related accident. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, November sees more car accidents involving wildlife than any other month.

Visibility is poor when many of our big game animals are most active. Deer are extremely vulnerable to being struck this time of year because this is their peak mating season. They are more mobile, easily distracted and more likey to be crossing roadways. According to transportation studies, motor vehicle accidents involving wildlife rank as the third leading cause for crashes behind speeding and inattentive driving. These statistics include severe property damage, injuries and fatalities.

Craig Daily Press seeks veterans for feature

The Craig Daily Press staff is looking for veterans to highlight in the newspaper for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11. Veterans, and those who know veterans, who would like recognition in Craig’s local paper, are asked to send names and phone numbers to, or call 970-875-1790.

Applications available for 6th Artisans Market

The 2015 Holiday Artisans Market is set for Dec. 4 and 5. Artisans from Northwest Colorado are encouraged to apply for space at the event. For more information and to request the online application, email

St. Michael Community Kitchen in need of help

The St. Michael Community Kitchen is seeking volunteers to help prepare, serve and deliver meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Community Kitchen serves about 150 people each day free of charge, including meals delivered to homebound residents. Volunteers also collect food donations throughout the week from Walmart, City Market, The Memorial Hospital and Village Inn to be served with the meal or made available for people to take home. Meals are served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Volunteers are especially needed on Thursdays to help serve and clean up during and after the meal, from about 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A weekly commitment is not required; individuals are welcome to volunteer once per month. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Robin Schiffbauer at 970-824-7148 or 970-629-8042.

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