Craig Briefs: Senior Social Center hosts meeting Monday |

Craig Briefs: Senior Social Center hosts meeting Monday

Senior Social Center hosts meeting Monday

There will be a membership meeting for the Senior Social Center at 6:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will be at the CNCC Bell Tower building room 200. All members are asked to bring a friend. Non-members are also welcome. Come and find out what the center is all about. Call 970-326-3188 or email

Hayden Library’s book fair ends Tuesday

The Hayden Public Library will wrap up its annual Scholastic Book Fair on Tuesday. Stop by the library anytime during regular hours to see what’s new in the world of books. The theme this year is “Book Fair Under the Sea!” There will also be chances to win prizes.

Preserving the Last Frontier meets Saturday

The Preserving The Last Frontier will meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the second floor of Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. The program will be presented by Paul Bonnefield about the history of the Sand Wash wild horses. Open to the public. For more information, call 970-824-6761.

Fire managers plan spring prescribed burns

Federal fire officials from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management Unit are now planning multiple springtime prescribed burns in Mesa, Garfield and Eagle counties, according to a press release.

Prescribed burns reduce fuel loads that have accumulated in areas vulnerable to wildfire. Fire is a natural process; reintroduction of fire to the ecosystems is beneficial to these areas and the wildlife that live there.

Several burns are planned to reduce natural fuels and improve wildlife habitat:

■ For the third consecutive year federal firefighters plan a prescribed burn in the Palisade Watershed on the slopes of the Grand Mesa. The objective is to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire. The prescribed fire is planned six miles east of Palisade on the Town of Palisade managed land. This cooperative project between the BLM and the Town of Palisade will include approximately 180 acres.

■ The Hay Canyon prescribed fire will include approximately 1,250 acres of oak brush and mountain shrub on BLM public lands located approximately 25 miles north of Fruita in Garfield County. A grant from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is supporting this project.

■ The Nick/Bald Mountain prescribed burn will target 200 acres and cleanup on this ongoing multi-year project south of Molina. The goal is to enhance habitat for mule deer and elk along with reducing natural fuels located in the area.

■ The Parker Basin prescribed fire is planned for, 46 acres of BLM and private land south of Molina.

■ The Sheep Gulch prescribed fire will target 150 acres north of Gypson.

■The Roaring Fork 1,476 acre prescribed fire is designed to meet wildlife objectives and reduce hazardous fuels on 563 acres of BLM and 913 acres U.S. Forest Service managed lands east of El Jebel.

Fire managers have developed a detailed prescribed fire plan and obtained smoke permits from the state for each of the planned burns. Residents may observe smoke during these burns.

For more information, call Lathan Johnson, 970-244-3120.

Hepatitis A vaccine is 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.

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