Craig Briefs: One person dead in Saturday truck crash |

Craig Briefs: One person dead in Saturday truck crash

One person dead in Saturday truck crash

One person is dead after a vehicle caught fire 28 miles west of Meeker early Saturday morning, according to a press release from Colorado State Patrol.

At about 4:32 a.m., Rio Blanco officials received a call about a brush fire near milepost 45 on Colorado Highway 64. A second call was received later and it was determined that a truck was on fire.

“The Rangely Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. Upon doing so, the remains of one body were found in the cab of the vehicle,” according to the press release.

It was determined that a 1994 GMC red pickup truck was traveling eastbound on Colorado Highway 64 when it traveled off the left side of the roadway and down a steep embankment. The truck collided with an opposing embankment and subsequently caught fire, according to the release.

Identification of the driver is pending, and the crash is still actively under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol Vehicular Crimes Unit.

The Daily Press will update this story as more information becomes available.

Daffodils for Hospice available at VNA

Daffodils will be available for sale Tuesday at the Northwest Colorado VNA in Steamboat Springs and Craig, City Market stores in Steamboat Springs and Craig, Ace at the Curve, Hayden Mercantile, Bonfiglio Drug and the Clark Store. They are $5 per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. All proceeds benefit the VNA’s Hospice program. For more information about Daffodils for Hospice, call 970-871-7609.

Time running out to purchase crop coverage

The Colorado Farm Service Agency urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program to do so before the sales closing date, which is today.

NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields/grazing loss, loss of inventory or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters including drought, freeze, hail, excessive moisture, excessive wind or hurricanes.

To meet eligibility requirements for NAP, crops must be noninsurable, commercially-produced agricultural commodity crops for which the catastrophic risk protection level of crop insurance is not available.

Eligible producers must file the application and pay a service fee. For more information on NAP, service fees, premiums and sales closing dates, contact your County FSA office, which can be found at For more information on the NAP program go to

Senior Social Center to host movie night

The Senior Social Center will host a Thursday Movie Matinee this week at the CNCC Bell tower. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the movie starts at 1:30 p.m. sharp. There will be popcorn and a variety of beverages. Bring a friend or two or three. A small donation would be appreciated. Contact 970-326-3188 or

Hayden library to host book fair starting Friday

The Hayden Public Library will have its annual Scholastic Book Fair from Friday to March 24. Stop by the library anytime during regular hours to see what’s new in the world of books. The library will have a Kick-Off Bake Sale on Friday and an opportunity to purchase tickets for its Easter Basket drawing throughout the whole book fair. The theme this year is “Book Fair Under the Sea!” There will be chances to win prizes.

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell St. Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. For more information, call 970-824-8233.

Disabled hunters can apply for deer hunting

Colorado hunters who are disabled could have an opportunity to participate in a guided deer hunt at Ridgway State Park during fall 2015, according to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

A total of four hunters, two for the second season, and two for the third season, will be chosen for these special hunts. To qualify, the hunters must hold or obtain an accommodation permit from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Hunters must have a permanent disability that significantly impairs major life functions and their ability to hunt, or have a physical impairment resulting from permanent medical conditions that make it impossible to hunt without someone else’s help. 

Those eligible must first apply for and obtain a Game Management Unit 62 deer license for the second or third season through the regular license draw. The deadline to apply for limited licenses is April 7. The easiest way to apply is through the CPW website.

Disabled hunters who obtain a license can then receive a hunting application for the Ridgway State Park hunt. If more than four hunters apply there will be a drawing to make the selection. To obtain an application for Ridgway, email Andy Dean at, or call the park at 970-626-5822.

Landowner program letters forthcoming

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be conducting an audit of registered properties in the Landowner Preference Program, formerly the Priority Landowner Preference Program, in 2015, according to a news release.

Some landowners may receive letters to clarify or confirm details of their registered properties. If issues are found these landowner registrations will be corrected or removed from participation.

As announced in a September press release, Colorado Senate Bill 13-188 changed the CPW Priority Landowner Preference Program to the Landowner Preference Program effective July 1, 2014. The new program replaces all previous landowner preference systems.

The program was created to give landowners a preference for hunting licenses to encourage private landowners to provide habitat that increases wildlife populations for the benefit of all hunters, discourage the harboring of game animals on private lands during public hunting seasons and relieve hunting pressure on public lands by increasing game hunting on private lands.

“One of the more significant changes made between the old and new program is increased oversight,” Steve Znamenacek, the CPW district wildlife manager overseeing the program and its implementation, said in a statement. “One mechanism for enhanced oversight is the use of audits.”

Participating landowners should keep in mind:

■ All grandfathered properties will be audited by July 1, 2016.

■ All properties will be audited at least once every five years.

■ If during the audit issues with the registration are found, landowners will be notified and registrations corrected or removed from participation.

CPW began audits of all registered properties in fall 2014 to ensure compliance with program property and animal-use requirements.

In order to apply for the program, private landowners must register deeded property of 160 contiguous acres or more with Parks and Wildlife by Dec. 1 to be eligible for the following year draw. All Priority Landowner Preference registrations that were active as of June 30, 2014, were transferred automatically into the Landowner Preference Program. For more information, go to 

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