Craig briefs: Moffatt Republican chair to attend convention |

Craig briefs: Moffatt Republican chair to attend convention

The 2016 Republican National Convention begins Monday, July 18 in Cleveland and runs through Thursday, July 21.

At the convention, approximately 2,470 delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories will gather to officially nominate the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential candidate. Colorado GOP Secretary and Moffat County GOP Chair Brandi Meek will be at the convention, but not as voting delegates. She said it would be her first time attending the Republican National Convention.

“It’s a great opportunity and a great time to be involved,” she said.

On July 25, the 2016 Demo-

cratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, and approximately 4,769 Democratic delegates will select their 2016 presidential candidate.

Chip seal project starts July 19 in Moffat County

The Moffat County Road Department will begin a chip seal project Tuesday, July 19 on Moffat County Road 57, approximately 12 miles south of U.S. Highway 40, according to a news release.

The project will run through July 28 and possibly through Aug. 2, and motorists are advised to expect traffic delays. The county recommends using an alternate route, if possible. For more information, call 970-824-3211.

Local police on lookout for impaired drivers

Troopers from the Colorado State Patrol will be out this weekend, looking for drivers operating their vehicles while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, according to a news release.

Several large events will be in the area, including a rodeo, jazz festival and triathlon, which tend to draw large crowds to Colorado high country vacation spots.

Troop 4B, which includes the counties of Grand, Jackson, Rio Blanco, Moffat and Routt, has investigated numerous fatal and serious bodily-injury crashes related to impaired driving in 2015. As of the middle of July, there had been more than 260 fatalities in the state since January.

The Colorado State Patrol reminds drivers to enjoy the vacation season responsibly, drive safely and always wear a safety belt. Slow down and enjoy the scenic drives Colorado has to offer. Report any suspected impaired driver by dialing CSP (277) from you cell phone; the life you could be saving might be your own. Follow Troop 4B troopers on Twitter @CSP_Craig.

Coffee, Newspaper talks with David Ulrich

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper at 7 a.m. Aug. 3 at The Memorial Hospital. The August gathering will welcome new Moffat County School District superintendent David Ulrich, who will give updates about what’s next for the school district under his leadership. Free coffee and pastries will be provided. For more information, call 970-875-1788.

Leave young wildlife alone, CPW advises

This is the time of year when wild animals give birth, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds the public not to approach, touch or handle young animals, according to a news release.

During spring and early summer, people often see young animals that appear to be alone in the forest, in backyards, on or near trails or along the sides of roads.

Deer provide a good example of how wildlife adapt behaviors to help them survive. Young fawns have no scent and are born with speckled coats that provide a natural camouflage. These two factors help them avoid being found by predators. When a mother doe senses a predator might be close, it moves away. Many other animals use similar survival techniques.

Elk and moose calves also are left alone by their mothers. If you see one, move away quickly. Do not move closer or attempt to get the animal to move.

Young birds often fall out of their nests or are pushed out of nests by parents to encourage them to fly.

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