KRAI News for Friday, Feb. 8, 2019

Yampa Ave. in downtown Craig. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Sales tax numbers are in for the City of Craig. As of December, the city collected a little more than $5.1 million dollars in sales tax last year, which was up by about 43 percent from 2016. The Craig Press reports the city also received about $1.6 million dollars from its share of the countywide sales tax in 2018. That number was also up by about 23 percent from two years before.




Elk herds in Routt and Moffat County will be studied. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is doing a pair of studies on the Bears Ears Elk herd which is in both Moffat and Routt Counties. GPS collars will be put on some of the elk to help wildlife biologists understand how elk move across the landscape. Plus they’ll use trail cameras. They also want to understand the human impact on elk, and that includes all types of outdoor recreation. A second study will understand how elk calves survive their first year of life.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce is looking to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals in the Moffat County community. These are local businesses who have made an impression on you through their customer service, business practices, or community support. Nominations from Chamber members for the Business, or Businessperson of the Year can be emailed to or dropped off at the Chamber office at 360 E. Victory Way.

A group in Craig is working hard to try to build a new rec center for the Moffat County community. The Northwest Colorado Recreation Foundation needs to raise $24,000 to help pay attorneys to help with getting the issue on the ballot. Their plan is to purchase the old empty Kmart building, which is 98,000 square feet. It could include an indoor track, gym, and fields, a competition-size swimming pool with play area, senior center, child care center, and teen space in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club. The group is trying to establish nonprofit status which would help raise money.

Medical marijuana may soon be able to be used to treat autism spectrum disorders. Colorado’s House of Representatives have unanimously passed a bill allowing it, and it is expected to pass in the Senate. Colorado Governor Jared Polis says he’ll sign it.

State Senator Bob Rankin and Representative Dylan Roberts are hosting a Town Hall Meeting this Sunday afternoon. Roberts says it’s non-partisan and open to everyone in Routt and Moffat Counties who are interested in what they’re doing at the state capitol.

The town hall for the two state legislators is at 3:30 this Sunday, at Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat.

Scholarship applications are being released, for those headed to college or trade school. Moffat County High School has a full list of who is offering what, and when, and there’s also a listing in the Craig Press.

In sports today, the Moffat County High School swim team is at the state championships in Fort Collins through the weekend. The wrestling team hosts Palisade. The basketball teams are in Granby, playing Middle Park. Tomorrow, the Lady Bulldogs have a game at home at 2 o’clock, while the boys play at 3:30. Moffat County is hosting Roaring Fork.

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

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