The reintroduction of wolves to Colorado was discussed at a virtual workshop Wednesday. Matt Barnes is a rancher from Dolores. He told the commission that the reintroduction needs to not involve lethal tools, and the focus needs to be on the manageable part which is livestock, as opposed to the unmanageable animals, which are the wolves.
Moffat County Public Health has asked the state for approval to move to the Green Level on the COVID-19 dial. That’s the Protect Our Neighbors stage. Commissioners gave approval to Public Health to make the request at a meeting Wednesday. Then Commissioner Don Broom asked Public Health Director Kari Ladrow a question.
The letter being sent to Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will be accompanied by letters of support from Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume, Public Health Director Kari Ladrow, Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Allan Reishus, Craig City Council Mayor Jarrod Ogden, and Memorial Regional Health CEO Andy Daniels.
The Kiwanis Club Play is canceled for this year, postponed until March in 2022.
That’s Kevin Peck, president of the Kiwanis of Craig.
It would have been the 75th year for the Kiwanis Club Play, which raises money for local scholarships. The club will still give scholarships this year, using reserve funds and donations from members of Kiwanis and the community.
Wild horses will be gathered in the Piceance-East Douglas Herd Management Area in Northwest Colorado. It’s an area southwest of Meeker in Rio Blanco County. The White River Field Office with the Bureau of Land Management says excess wild horses will be removed over the next ten years to keep healthy horses on healthy rangelands. Here’s Maribeth Pecotte with the BLM.
Right now, the herd population is 838 wild horses. The BLM says the appropriate management level is between 135 and 235 horses. A bait trap is set up right now on some private land, at the request of the landowner. Fertility treatments will be used to curb the annual herd population growth. Appeals to the decision can be made in writing and will be accepted for the next 30 days. They need to be sent to the Field Manager at the BLM White River Field Office in Meeker. That address, and more information is on our website and Facebook page.
Appeals need to be sent to: Field Manager, BLM White River Field Office, 220 East Market St., Meeker, CO 81641.
Trees in downtown Craig are going to start being taken down tomorrow. The roots are causing damage to the new sidewalks. Here’s Tammie Johannes with Road and Bridge.
Crews will be working early in the mornings this week, from 4-8 a.m. They’ll also be working on two Sundays in March to get down the larger trees. The City of Craig will replace the trees on Yampa Avenue this summer with a type of tree that causes less root damage to the new sidewalks downtown.
Woodbury Park is getting a new playground. Craig City Council approved the $336,000 to build the playground which will be certified as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here’s Craig Parks & Rec Director Ryan Dennison
The city is applying for a grant to help pay for the playground project. It is expected to be approved by council at their meeting Tuesday, to cover at least half of the cost. Final designs are being done now. When the weather gets better, the current structure will be removed and the new one should be in by May or June at the latest.
Michael Cochran will be the interim Police Chief for the Craig Police Department. Cochran worked with Craig Police before he became Emergency Management Coordinator for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office. Cochran takes over for former Police Chief Jerry DeLong who has resigned, effective March 1.
The vaccine count in Moffat County is up to 1,636 residents who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s close to 12.5% of Moffat County’s population, which is 13,127. Of those who are over 70 years old, just over 65 percent have been vaccinated. Those vaccinating in Craig are Moffat County Public Health, Memorial Regional Health, and Northwest Colorado Health.
Photo courtesy Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
New snow that has fallen onto old snow has created concern in the backcountry for avalanches. The heavy snowfall is resting on weaker layers from earlier this winter. Those in the backcountry can trigger an avalanche, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. An avalanche was triggered on Buffalo Pass in Routt County over the weekend by a snowcat. Eight men have died from avalanches in the Colorado backcountry so far this season.
It has been very cold in Northwest Colorado, with temperatures below zero over the weekend. More snow is on the way, too. The National Weather Service says snow is in the forecast for Craig today, with at least a 60 percent chance of snow tonight through Tuesday.
Craig Police Chief Jerry DeLong has submitted his letter of resignation. It’s effective as of March 1, according to Craig City Manager Peter Brixius, who could not comment any further. DeLong has been police chief since February of 2018, and was with Craig Police for 35 years.
Residents at Sunset Meadows Senior Living Center in Craig have now received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. It happened on Tuesday. Nurses from Moffat County Public Health administered the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to 33 residents. Public Health Nurse Olivia Scheele says they were just as happy when they got that second dose as when they got the first one.
Memorial Regional Health is waiting for more vaccines to administer first doses. As soon as they come in, they will be scheduling new vaccination clinic dates, and we will let you know.