KRAI News for Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

Travel is not advised right now. Colorado Department of Transportation says drivers should be ready for heavy snow through tomorrow and widespread closures today. A lot of it is for avalanche control. Elise Thatcher is with Region 3 of CDOT.

Thatcher says there isn’t any avalanche control planned for Rabbit Ears Pass today, though. There will definitely be closures on I-70. Commercial vehicles will have to have chains. Updated conditions will be at www.COTrip.org

The heavy snow closed the CNCC campus in Craig early on Thursday. The campus in Rangely stayed open. But the Craig campus closed at 2 p.m. in the afternoon because of the bad weather.

The avalanche danger is high in the Steamboat/Flat Tops area today, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The Avalanche Warning through 8 a.m. Saturday morning is throughout most of the state because of the heavy snowfall and strong winds. There are very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel into avalanche terrain is not recommended.

Melody Villard is running for a seat on the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners. The Craig Press reports that Villard will run for the District 2 seat, according to a Facebook post she made in late January. Villard is running against former county commissioner Chuck Grobe in District 2. Ray Beck currently holds the position but has announced he will not run for re-election.

Colorado Northwestern Community College is looking for some talented artists and writers for a magazine called “Waving Hands Review.” The Craig Press reports it’s a literature and arts magazine of Northwest Colorado. Submissions must be original work. The deadline to submit is Saturday, Feb. 15. A link for the guidelines is on the KRAI website. Link: https://cncc.edu/waving-hands-review

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have some public meetings in Western Slope communities to talk about the proposed management plan for mountain lions in Northwest Colorado. The plan is about maintaining a stable mountain lion population across the Western Slope. Those who might want to attend the meetings would be hunters, outfitters, farmers, ranchers and landowners. Meetings start this Monday in Steamboat Springs. There will also be meetings in Kremmling, Glenwood, Gypsum, Meeker, Grand Junction and Rifle. Here’s the meeting schedule:

  • Steamboat Springs: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Steamboat Springs CPW office, 925 Weiss Drive.
  • Kremmling: 6 p.m. Feb. 11, CSU Extension Hall, 210 11th St.
  • Glenwood Springs: 6 p.m. Feb. 12, Glenwood Recreation Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road
  • Gypsum: 6 p.m. Feb. 18, Community Center, 52 Lundgren Blvd.
  • Meeker: 6 p.m. Feb. 19, at Mountain Valley Bank, 400 Main St.
  • Grand Junction: 6 p.m. Feb. 19, Mesa County Central Services, 200 Spruce St.
  • Rifle: 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Colorado Mountain College, 3695 Airport Road

The 25th annual Art Walk and 14th annual Taste of Chocolate is tomorrow evening in downtown Craig. It’s from 5-8 p.m.

In sports, the Moffat County High School girls swim team is competing at the Southwest Conference Championships in Grand Junction. The Bulldog basketball teams are at Delta tonight and then home against Aspen tomorrow. The high school wrestling team is at the Rumble in Rawlins tomorrow, in Rawlins, Wyoming.

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

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