KRAI News for Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

The government shutdown may stop construction on the $29 million dollar medical office building in Craig, next to Memorial Regional Health. The shutdown has stopped the flow of construction dollars from a major United States Department of Agriculture loan being used to build the new medical office. The project and cash flow for the project are in jeopardy, plus Memorial Regional Health’s credit could be negatively impacted. That’s according to the hospital’s CEO, Andy Daniels, who says they can probably cover costs for January and February, but not in March.

The investigation is almost over, into that house fire on Christmas Eve in Craig, that claimed the life of 3-year-old Lane Ernest Cullen. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation should be releasing their findings next week. Craig Police Department Captain Bill Leonard says the fire is believed to have started in the boy’s bedroom.

Municipal elections are April 2. The deadline to file to run is Jan. 21. Any city resident looking to run for a seat can pick up a nominating petition in the City Clerk’s Office. Or call 970-826-2008.

A telephone scam has been picking up in Northwest Colorado, especially in Steamboat Springs. The local police say don’t fall for it. The call looks like it is coming from the Steamboat police department. The caller says you have an unpaid fine and if you don’t pay it, a warrant will be issued for your arrest. It isn’t true. If you do get such a call, report the incident to 970-879-4344.

Two snowmobilers had to be rescued on the north fork of the Fish Creek drainage in Steamboat Wednesday night. The men were from out of state, and they got stuck in an area with a serious avalanche risk. Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers used snowmobiles as far as they could, and then skied the rest of the way to get to the men, and then lead them out.

The Routt County Humane Society has too many cats. They’re all barn cats, rescued from a property in McCoy Flats in Utah. It means the animal shelter is at max capacity. Adoption fees are being waived, if you can take one. All of the cats will be spayed or neutered with up-to-date vaccinations. Call the Routt County Humane Society at 970-879-7247.

Kato the K9 has passed away after a short illness. Kato was one of the K9 dogs who worked with the Wyoming Highway Patrol, specializing in narcotics detection. Kato was deployed 321 times during his eight-year career, resulting in the seizure of 277 pounds of marijuana and other drugs money, and firearms.

Twenty people from 12 countries will be sworn in as new U.S. citizens this Tuesday, at a ceremony in Grand Junction. Those being given the Oath of Allegiance live in cities throughout Colorado’s Western Slope.

The 48th Annual Tournament of Champions is today and tomorrow. It’s a wrestling tournament in Vernal Utah. Nearly three dozen teams are there from Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. Local teams include Moffat County, Hayden, Steamboat Springs Soroco, Meeker, and Rifle.

The Bulldog basketball teams are in Gunnison for games tonight, and then in Olathe Saturday.





The Steamboat Wranglers Hockey team starts a three-game series tonight at 8 against the Dallas Snipers. Here’s Wrangler Dalton Eagle Bear.

His cousin, McCarthy Manyfingers, also plays for the Wranglers, from First Nation and the Blood Tribe in Canada.

The puck drops at 8 tonight, and then again tomorrow night at Howelsen Ice Arena. Saturday night’s game is First Responder night with all firefighters, ski patrol, police and sheriff’s officers invited. Then there’s a third game against Dallas Sunday at noon.

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

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