KRAI News for Friday, Jan. 25, 2019

The unemployment rate in Moffat County went up in December, to 4.8 percent. That was the highest rate for the county in 2018. That’s also higher than the state average, which was 3.5 percent. As of this week, there were 127 jobs advertised online in Moffat County.

Memorial Regional Health is opening another Rapid Care Clinic. This one will be on the west end of Steamboat, in Curve Plaza near Steamboat Ace Hardware. It’s to help provide health services for Moffat County commuters who work in Routt County, and people on the west side of Steamboat Springs. A community open house is in the afternoon on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The clinic officially opens the next morning, at 7:30. The other Rapid Care Clinic is near the Walmart in Craig.

An accident on I-70 shut down the highway near the main Rifle exit Thursday morning. A vehicle rolled and caught on fire. No reports of injuries. The two eastbound lanes, and one westbound lane were closed for about an hour and a half.

The Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership is ending, after two decades of work. The Craig Press reports that board members have decided to dissolve their organization when their insurance policy runs out Feb. 20. The board agreed to fund up to $2,500 for legal counsel to make sure assets and paperwork are wrapped up, as required by Colorado law and the group’s by-laws. The group also voted to unanimously dissolve the Marianna Raftopoulos Business Success Center, which provided free business development services.

Committee members have been named to help explore funding options for fire and emergency services and a new fire station in the City of Steamboat Springs. They’ll also try to determine what facilities are needed in the long term for Steamboat.

Elks Lodge #1577 in Craig has made some donations in the community. They donated $1,500 to the Interfaith Food Bank and Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Church. $1,000 was given to Veterans Affairs Officer Ed Wilkinson to help local veterans. And lodge members gave a new flag to the Bank of the San Juans.

The big Community Snow Drawing is Sunday morning at the Carpenter Ranch in Hayden. This is where the Yampa Valley community creates a large snow drawing in a snowy hay meadow, by walking in different patterns with snowshoes. Volunteers are still needed to help out with this big community adventure. Meet at the main ranch house at Carpenter Ranch at 10 o’clock Sunday morning. The event is organized by the Nature Conservancy and Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County High School wrestlers have a new mat at the school’s third-floor wrestling room. It has the Bulldog logo in the middle. The team raised about $19,000 to get the new wrestling mat, which could last for 20 to 30 years.

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

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