KRAI News for Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Tri-State Generation is closing all three of its coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030. The Craig Station Unit 2 and 3 power plant, and the Colowyo Mine in Northwest Colorado will close in ten years. The Escalante Power Plant in New Mexico will close by the end of this year. The power provider serves nearly 20 rural electric cooperatives. The Craig Press reports that Tri-State is working with state and local leaders to support affected employees and communities. The closures will impact about 472 employees in Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties.

A state investigation by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment last year found some problems at the old Memorial Regional Health clinic. The Craig Press reports outdated supplies were being used and some weren’t stored properly. Also patient records were out in the open and accessible to the public. MRH CEO Andy Daniels brought in their own group to do an inspection, which found any deficiencies had been corrected.

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat is preparing to deliver more babies this year. That’s because of a recent announcement by Memorial Regional Health that the Craig facility is suspending Obstetric Services as of this Saturday. In Steamboat, the local hospital is guessing on 100 more babies born at the hospital each year as a result of the closure. The UCHealth Women’s Care Clinic already has an office in Craig and the four OB/GYN doctors employed by the hospital travel to Craig several times a week to see patients. The Steamboat hospital also is planning to add a midwifery program.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners are moving forward with a request for $20,000 from the Department of Local Affairs, which will be matched by the county, for a Facility Programming Study of the 103-year-old Moffat County Courthouse. A study of a new courthouse is expected to take six months, according to county officials.

Yampa Valley Brewing Company has purchased property on Walnut Street in Hayden, next to the Hayden Granary. The owners plan to build a tap house and new production facility. There is already a tap house in Hayden, and the Barrel Cathedral tap house in Craig.

Lauren Boebert will be in Craig this afternoon for a meet and greet. She’s running for Congress against Republican Scott Tipton for the state’s 3rd Congressional District. The event starts at 5:30 at Fiesta Jalisco in Craig.

Saturday is the Abominable Snowman Hunt, hosted by The Network in Craig. You can snowshoe, ski, walk or run for the hunt, which is in Loudy-Simpson Park. Tickets can be purchased at The Find in downtown Craig. Questions, call 629-5915.

Also on Saturday, the CNCC men’s and women’s basketball teams have some home games in Rangely, against College of Southern Idaho. The Spartan women play at 3 p.m. and the men take the court at 5 p.m.

The Moffat County Wrestling team competes in the Tournament of Champions in Vernal tomorrow while the swim team heads to Montrose for a meet. The Moffat County Lady Bulldogs basketball team hosts Grand Junction Central Saturday. That game is at 12:30 p.m.

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

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