A building located just behind Go-Fer Foods on the east side of Craig collapsed without warning Sunday morning.  The building was not occupied at the time.  According to Craig Fire Chief Bill Johnston, the cause for the collapse is not known at this time.  The building, which is owned by Marathon Oil, is located just feet from the back of Go-Fer Foods.  When the collapse occurred a Gopher employee thought there had been an earthquake.  When Craig Firefighters arrived on scene, there was no fire, but they were concerned about the danger of a natural gas explosion.  2 to 3 homes in the area and Gopher Foods were evacuated as a precaution, while the gas company Atmos Energy, the City of Craig and Firefighters combined efforts to locate and dig up the gas line leading to the collapsed building then closed the gas line with a squeeze tool from Atmos Energy.   Once the gas was shut off, some sections of the buildings walls, were still standing and in danger of falling into Go-Fer Food.  Contractors were brought in to devise a method to collapse the walls without impacting Go-Fer Foods which will remained closed for today.

No School Monday At Hayden Valley Elementary Due To Flooding

A water leak over the weekend at Hayden Valley Elementary flooded a number of rooms at the school.  Due to the water damage, there will be no classes tomorrow.  Classes at all other schools in the district will not be effected. According to Hayden Superintendent of School, Mike Luppes, when the leak was discovered Saturday morning, the water was ankle deep in the gymnasium and there was standing water in the cafeteria and one class room.  Water also seeped into three additional classrooms and the school kitchen.  Luppes stated he hopes that the damage to the gym floor wood is minimal and will only require the floor to be sanded and refinished and not totally replaced.  It is anticipated that clean up efforts will be completed tomorrow and that Hayden Valley Elementary School will hold classes beginning Tuesday.  The flood, which was caused when a filter housing failed, was discovered by a faculty member who stopped by the school.

Mostly sunny days and mild temperatures expected this week

An end to winter’s bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania’s famous groundhog.  Following a recent stretch of weather that included temperatures well below freezing, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday but didn’t see his shadow.  Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow, winter will last six more weeks. But if he doesn’t see his shadow, spring will come early.  Locally, it appears that for the immediate future Phil was correct as mostly sunny days and mild temperatures are expected for Northwest Colorado and South Central Wyoming with daytime highs in the 30’s and lows in the single digits and teens.


Improve Your Businesses Marketing Results

93.7 102.3 KRAI and 55 Country will be hosting 40 minutes presentations this week on how businesses can increase the value of their local marketing efforts through the use of the internet, social media and other so called new medias.  The same presentation will be give a dozen times over three days in Craig and Steamboat so business owners and managers may attend at a time convenient to their schedule.  Although the presentations are free, managers must make reservations in order to attend.  For additional information call 824-6574.


Burn Wood Safely to Minimize Impact on Health, Air Quality

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released tips for seasonal burning in fireplaces and wood stoves.  Local weather and topography contribute to temperature inversions that can trap pollutants close to the ground, particularly in valleys. Wood burning can make the problem worse, particularly if burning devices are poorly operated, not maintained or burning unseasoned firewood.

The department recommends following these tips to minimize the impact on health and air quality:

  • Burn well-seasoned wood that has been stored properly and allowed to dry for several months. It will burn efficiently and produce little smoke.
  • Never burn garbage, colored paper or chemically-treated wood.
  • Burn small, hot fires, adding small amounts of wood as needed to keep the fire burning vigorously to reduce visible smoke and use fuel more efficiently.
  • Clean and inspect stoves and fireplaces annually to prevent the buildup of creosote, a highly flammable and toxic substance responsible for most chimney fires.
  • You should never smell smoke in your home, which indicates your device is not operating safely or efficiently. Smoke contains many of the same pollutants as cigarettes and produces harmful carbon monoxide. Breathing wood smoke has been shown to increase cardiovascular problems, irritate lungs and eyes, and trigger headaches.

For further information, contact the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division at 303-692-3281.

In high school sports over the weekend:
Moffat County’s boys and girls beat Olathe.  (boys=36-35; girls=38-35).
The Steamboat boys and girls topped Summit.  (boys=39-35; girls=63-23).
Soroco’s boys and girls fell to Meeker.  (boys=64-43; girls=54-37).
The Hayden boys defeated Rangely (49-42) while the girls lost (49-35).
Little Snake River Valley’s boys and girls beat Encampment (boys=38-36; girls=46-29)
Steamboat’s boys and girls lost to Rifle (boys=39-29; girls=44-35)
The Soroco boys and girls lost to Rangely  (boys=53-27: girls=36-29)
The Hayden boys edged Meeker 62-58; the Hayden girls lost to Meeker 82-19
The Little Snake River Valley boys and girls beat Manilla, Utah (boys=63-53; girls=50-42)
The Moffat County boys and girls defeated Gunnison (boys=55-46; girls=45-27)

In wrestling:
Moffat County fell to Meeker 43-24

In hockey:
Steamboat fell to Regis Jesuit 7-0
Steamboat tied Dakota Ridge 4-4


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