KRAI News for Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Paul James and John Ponikvar have handed in their petitions to run for City Council in Craig, in the upcoming municipal election. Two other council seats are still open. The deadline to file for City Council is before the end of business this Monday. If no one files, those elected will have 60 days to appoint two Craig residents to the open seats.

The initiative to bring recreational marijuana to Craig has failed again. A group called Committee to Grow Craig turned in 850 signatures but only 585 could be verified. And 739 were needed to put the measure on the ballot, which would have allowed three retail marijuana dispensaries in Craig.

Marijuana sales in Steamboat Springs and across the state are slowing. But it’s still a billion-dollar industry for Colorado. Sales of marijuana from January to November of last year totaled 1.4 billion dollars. Sales in Steamboat accounted for about $11.9 million of that statewide total in 2018, from the three stores that are in Steamboat Springs. That’s $475,912 in 2018, not including December since those numbers aren’t in yet.

Roads have been slippery and icy the past few days. Three cars were involved in a crash on Highway 40 west of Milner Thursday morning. Colorado State Patrol says to please slow down during winter driving conditions.

Snow plows clear the snow on Highway 40 in downtown Steamboat Springs. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

The snow has been falling hard, with a foot of snow registered on the slopes of Steamboat ski area for the past couple of days and possibly another foot by this evening. But it could also be windy with wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

 

 

Avalanche danger is very high right now, because of the recent snow. Colorado Avalanche Information Center rates it as high with very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in the backcountry in or below avalanche terrain is not recommended. Large and dangerous avalanches will be easy to trigger. This is for the Steamboat, Grand Mesa, Aspen, and Gunnison areas. https://avalanche.state.co.us/

The government shutdown continues. It’s been almost a month. Alpine Bank is offering interest-free loans to furloughed federal workers. In Routt County, some are working without pay. Others just aren’t working right now. That includes U.S. Forest Service and other U.S. Department of Agriculture employees, Bureau of Land Management and TSA agents. There are about 20 TSA employees at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden. They’re all working without getting paid. Airport Director Kevin Booth says they’re all coming into work and doing their job. In Craig, at a meat processing facility, the USDA inspector is still inspecting, but not getting paid.

Another business affected by the shutdown is the Yampa Valley Brewing Company. They’re trying to open the Barrel Cathedral in downtown Craig this spring. But the Craig Press reports that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau hasn’t been able to review or approve any labeling changes, new formula, or permits for brewers and distillers across the country.

A man who did an illegal u-turn on Highway 9, south of Kremmling in August of 2017, has been sentenced. Brandon Wilson pleaded guilty to Reckless Vehicular Homicide because a passenger in his car was killed by a truck pulling a horse trailer, that was traveling in the other direction. Wilson also pleaded guilty to DUI. He was sentenced to five years in jail.

The Craig Association of Realtors is inviting everyone to the Moffat County High School basketball games this evening. They’ll pay the bill to get in. Here’s Mike LeWarne.

The JV games start at 3 p.m. Then the Varsity girls play at 6 p.m. while the boys Varsity team takes to the court at 7:30. All of those games today are free, thanks to the Craig Association of Realtors.

Steamboat also has home basketball games this evening, against Battle Mountain. The Sailors play Glenwood at home on Saturday.

Moffat County wrestlers are headed to Rifle today and tomorrow to compete. The girls swim team is in Glenwood Springs Saturday.

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

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