KRAI News for Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

The City of Craig is getting four new police cruisers for the Craig Police Department. It was approved by Craig City Council Tuesday night. The Craig Press reports that the Road & Bridge department is also getting a new three-wheel street sweeper. The city also approved a bid of $26,250 for a half-ton pickup truck from Victory Motors to be used by the city and the county in a joint purchase.

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There are definitely wolves in northwest Colorado. It’s been confirmed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife. But now, they’ve confirmed it again through DNA testing and a genetics lab. They tested four samples of scat near an elk carcass near Irish canyon in Moffat County. It is definitely from wolves: three are female and one is male. They’re all related, probably siblings. According to the agency, this is the first official documentation of a pack of wolves in the state of Colorado since the 1940s. If you see or hear wolves, or find evidence of any wolf activity fill out The Wolf Sighting Form on the CPW website.

Wolf Sighting Form: https://cpw.state.co.us/learn/Pages/Wolf-Sighting-Form.aspx

The endowment fund to protect the Yampa River has opened applications for its first grant cycle. The Yampa River Fund plans to award as much as $200,000 in grants during this cycle. Applications will be accepted through March 24. Projects that would receive a grant include those that would sustain healthy flows, restore riparian habitats and improve infrastructure along the river, such as diversion structure and irrigation systems. Grant applications are available at yampariverfund.org/grants. Donations to the fund are also still being accepted at yampariverfund.org.

The West Grand School District is getting an electric school bus, one of the first in the state. And it’s free, obtained through a grant from Colorado’s Regional Air Quality Counsel. Sky Hi News reports the bus will be used in Kremmling to see how it holds up in a mountain town with our extreme winter weather. It arrives in August.

Xtreme Mountain Racing is hosting snowmobile races at Hayden Speedway this weekend. The Hayden Vintage & Classic Snowmobile Races start today and run through Sunday, with 24 race classes. Schedule: https://www.xmr-racing.com/

In sports, the Moffat County High School girls swim team is at the 3A CHSAA State Championships in Thornton today and tomorrow. They had a big sendoff at the high school.

Regionals for wrestling are this weekend in Montrose. Vladan Chase reports.

The Moffat County Bulldogs hockey team is at the Mile High Meltdown in Denver through the weekend.

In basketball tomorrow, the Moffat County High School teams are at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale.

The Craig Middle School girls basketball team has wrapped up their season. The Bulldog 8th-grade A-Team won the district tournament in Rangely..

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

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