KRAI News for Friday, Aug. 30, 2019

The sales and excise tax that could be levied on recreational marijuana in Craig has been lowered. Craig City Council voted that the city’s ensuing marijuana ordinance would cap any additional sales tax at 4 percent, and eliminate any additional excise taxes all together. The Craig Press reports that there is a council workshop on marijuana at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at Craig City Hall, before their regular council meeting. The public is invited.

The Middle Mamm Creek Fire continues to burn near Rifle. It’s about ten miles south of Rifle, burning large amounts of dead and downed timber, much of it from beetle kill. A lightning strike started the fire in late July. It’s burned 209 acres as of Tuesday evening.

September is Harry Potter month at the Moffat County Library. There’s the:

  • I-Spy Harry Potter challenge for children
  • Harry Potter Reading Challenge for teens and adults
  • Wizarding Family Fun Game night is from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Play Harry Potter games and enjoy snacks. Wear a Harry Potter costume if you’d like.

Find out more on the Moffat County Libraries Facebook page.

The Craig Community Blood Drive is next week. It’s from 12:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Make an appointment by calling the Vitalant Appointment Center at 303-363-2300, or sign up online.

The Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, and Inactive Mine Reclamation Program will receive national recognition next month, at the annual conference of the National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs in Pittsburgh. It’s honoring the efforts in Moffat County for reclamation work at the Wise Hill Underground Fire Mitigation project.



The Rocky Mountain Bull Bash is Sunday at Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs. KC Mortenson is organizing the event.

The Bull Bash starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, with the BBQ and the bar opening at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 but kids five and under are free. Get your tickets at the Steamboat Chamber or FM Light and Sons, or at the door.

The weather will be warm for this holiday weekend with no precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. That means wildfires are a possibility. Routt County has not announced any fire restrictions right now. But officials are aware. Be especially careful of campfires if you’re camping. Keep dead grass away from the campfire and make sure to put out the fire if you leave. Be careful parking vehicles on tall dry grass as a hot tailpipe can cause a fire. Fireworks aren’t allowed on federal lands.

Expect heavy traffic if you’re traveling for the Labor Day Weekend. Colorado Department of Transportation is suspending all construction projects statewide at noon today to reduce potential traffic delays. The only exception is if it’s an emergency. The heaviest traffic is expected to be on I-25 along the Front Range, and then I-70 west of Denver.

The Steamboat Springs varsity volleyball team swept Moffat County Thursday in three straight sets. The Sailor football team has their first game of the season tonight. Steamboat hosts Manual at 7 p.m. That game is at Gardner Field. Moffat County’s first game of the season is a week from today, against Summit County and that game is in Frisco.

For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.

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