KRAI News for Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

Colorado State Patrol will be out in force over the Labor Day weekend. Captain Doug Conrad is with the local Colorado State Patrol. He says they’ll especially be looking for drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Captain Conrad is with Troop 4B of the State Patrol, which includes Moffat, Rio Blanco, Grand, Jackson, and Routt Counties. He said last year, they investigated seven fatal crashes and 34 other crashes related to impaired driving over the Labor Day holiday. He also wants to remind drivers to wear a seatbelt.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions within Dinosaur National Monument are over as of today. The National Park Service says it’s because of cooler temperatures and the recent rain. Stage 1 fire restrictions are also being lifted in the city of Grand Junction today, and on public lands in Mesa and Garfield counties.

Craig and Moffat County will be growing. The Yampa Basin Roundtable recently made a presentation to Craig City Council. In 2008, the population of Craig was about 10,000. The group thinks that Craig will have 17,000 residents by the year 2035, with 25,000 people by the year 2050. This will also mean increased water usage. The growth in Moffat County is expected to be similar.

Council also received a report from the Moffat County Library. More than 83,000 people visited the library’s three branches in Craig, Maybell and Dinosaur. The Museum of Northwest Colorado has an average of 12,000 visitors each year, with more than half of them coming from outside Moffat County. Both groups are preparing to campaign for a dedicated mill levy to support the museum and library. It is expected to be on the November General Election ballot.

Craig City Council also approved a quote from a Michigan-based company to upgrade and update the City of Craig’s website for just under $12,000 ($11,800). And the discussion to rename Alice Pleasant Park was tabled.

From the Craig Police on Wednesday, a caller called Craig Police and asked if there was a warrant on him. Officers told him “yes,” and the caller said he would turn himself in when he returns from vacation.

The GOAL Academy High School has moved to downtown Craig. It’s a Colorado public high school that offers students a flexible learning environment through a mix of online courses, and face-to-face interaction at learning sites. They’re the Gladiators. The GOAL Academy High School is now on the top floor of the historic First National Bank/Allen Building at Yampa Avenue and West Victory Way. The school has served Craig and Moffat County for seven years, and used to be in the Centennial Mall.

The Yampa Valley Crane Festival continues through the weekend. Most events are free. A few require registration, like the guided crane viewings. Information is at

The Rocky Mountain Bull Bash is this weekend at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in Steamboat Springs. Judd Mortenson runs the event. He says top bulls and bull riders will be in Steamboat to compete for over $15,000 in prize money.

The show is at 7 on Saturday, at 5 on Sunday. Tickets are at the door, or at FM Light and Sons in downtown Steamboat.

The Moffat County High School golf team placed fifth out of 15 on Monday at a golf tournament in Grand Junction, and then finished seventh overall at a tournament in Rifle on Tuesday. The golf team competes at home next Wednesday at the Yampa Valley Golf Course and then heads to Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat.

The Moffat County High School football team has a home game tonight, against Summit. Listen to that game on KRAI.

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

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