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Prepare Now for Winter Driving Safety

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Winter storms are becoming more frequent as the days progress, and it is time to ensure your car, truck or SUV is ready for driving in the months ahead.

Tires are a critical part of safe winter driving. Tire tread should be at least 1/8 inch deep. You can check your tires using a quarter - insert the quarter into the tread with George Washington's head pointed toward the center of the tire. If you can see the top of his head, your tires will not provide enough traction should be replaced.

Fresh Air Friday – Skip the Crowds, Enjoy Colorado Parks

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy holiday season, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife urges you to step away from the hustle and bustle this time of year can bring. November 24, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invite you to connect with family and friends by getting outside and celebrating Fresh Air Friday.

Thanksgiving DUI Enforcement Underway

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As Thanksgiving motorists flock to Colorado roads to celebrate with friends and family, CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and statewide law enforcement agencies will ramp up DUI enforcement efforts to keep Colorado roads safe from impaired drivers.

Through Monday, November 27, 111 agencies will participate in the campaign, which could include checkpoints, saturation patrols or an increased number of patrols. During the long 2016 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, there were six fatalities on Colorado roads, one of which involved an impaired driver.

Forest Service Hiring 900 Seasonal Workers

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The United States Forest Services is hiring more than 900 temporary workers in the Rocky Mountain Region, which includes Colorado as well as Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

The seasonal jobs involve work in national forests as well as national grasslands in areas such as fire management, trails, forestry, engineering, wildlife, recreation, fisheries, archaeology and administrative support.

Mild and Warm Start to the Week

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Western Colorado will see slightly warmer temperatures than the eastern plains Sunday as a generally calm week kicks off across the state.

Eastern Plains

Parts of the far eastern plains will see areas of fog early in the day Sunday under a mass of cooler air that will keep highs in the 50s, about five degrees below seasonal norms. Mostly sunny skies will prevail across the region later in the day.

Snowmobile Season is Here – Have you Registered Your Machine?

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As the snow starts to accumulate in the mountains, snowmobilers are reminded to prepare their machines and safety equipment for winter, and to get their annual registration.

"Snowmobiling is great fun, but breaking down far from the parking lot can be dangerous," said Josh Stoudt, trails coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango.

USDA Update

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

CRP Contract Management - Contact FSA or NRCS with questions.  Producers have been notified of required completion dates.

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October 1st - November 30th - Fiscal Year 2018 First CRP grazing period - Contract Management.  FSA and NRCS approval required

November 12th -  Last date to remove hay bales from CRP (FSA prior approval required)