KRAI News for Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has announced it will contract for a new solar power project in Moffat County. Word comes after Tri-State announced it will close its remaining coal-fired power plants in Colorado and New Mexico by 2030. The power provider serves nearly 20 rural electric cooperatives. The new Axial Basin Solar 145-megawatt project that Tri-State is building will go on land near the Colowyo Mine, between Meeker and Craig. The project will require at least 400 temporary jobs for six months, and an average of 150 jobs over a 14-month period during construction. It’s scheduled to go online in 2023 and will generate enough power to meet the needs of about 40,000 homes.

Kalman Szucs is the project manager for facilities.

Phase One begins Monday on the Emergency Department at UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. It is going through a renovation. Patient privacy will be the priority which means no more curtains in the ER. The changes will bring the Level III Trauma Center up to current codes and standards. There will be 14 treatment spaces instead of 12 with two trauma bays. Dr. Dave Wilkinson is a long-time ER doctor at the hospital.

Phase One on Monday is getting the project ready, and then the major construction will start at the end of April. The renovation at the hospital is expected to last between 12 and 16 months.

Are you a cute couple? The Craig Press is doing their annual Valentine’s Day Cutest Couple Contest. If you think you are the epitome of cute, you could win a gift certificate from Kester Jewelry and two tickets to the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for Yampa Valley Golf Course. Make your submission before Feb. 12 for a chance to win. The link is through the Craig Press website. Link:

A woman from Oak Creek has received a Life Saver award for rescuing a man earlier this month. Cheryl Carl performed the Heimlich maneuver on a man who was choking on some food at a luncheon for the Routt County Council on Aging. Public safety officials with the Oak Creek Fire Protection District gave Carl the award, and encouraged everyone to be trained in CPR and basic first aid. Also attending, members of the Oak Creek Police Department and Colorado State Patrol.

In sports, it’s a busy Saturday for Moffat County High School teams. The girls swim team is competing at Fruita Monument. The basketball teams are on the road in Basalt. JV girls start at 3 p.m. with Varsity at 6 p.m. JV boys basketball starts at 4:30 followed by a 7:30 p.m. tipoff for Varsity. The Craig Middle School girls basketball team is playing at Summit Saturday morning.

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

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