KRAI News for Friday, July 17, 2020

Moffat County Public Health is reporting a new case of the COVID-19 virus. A woman in her 20s, who lives in Moffat County has tested positive. Isolation orders are pending. This is the 17th positive case of COVID-19 in Moffat County.

Wear your mask if you’re out in public or in a business. It’s now a statewide rule for all indoor and public spaces throughout Colorado. The mandatory statewide mask order has been issued by Governor Jared Polis. It is in effect for 30 days, possibly longer. There are a few exceptions from the Governor’s office. Kids under 10 don’t have to wear a mask. Same with those who can’t medically tolerate a face covering. A few other exemptions would be those who are hearing impaired and need to see someone’s mouth to communicate. You don’t have to wear a mask when seated at a restaurant. You don’t have to wear a mask if you’re receiving a service where the temporary removal of the mask is necessary to perform that service. Those actively engaged in public safety don’t have to wear a mask. That would be law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel. You don’t have to wear a mask if officiating at a religious service, or giving a speech for broadcast or for an audience. The list has been posted on the KRAI Facebook page.

In Sweetwater County, Wyoming, a second person has died from COVID-19. A woman in her 90s from Green River died in the hospital Wednesday, eight days after testing positive. Sweetwater County has five new cases in the past 24 hours for 41 active cases, and 104 recoveries since the pandemic began.


K9 Deputy Deena and her partner Deputy Mammano

Also in Sweetwater County, the body armor vest for Deena, the K9 in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, has arrived. Deena is a drug detection and patrol dog that now has a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a non-profit called Vested Interest in K9s.






Stage One Fire Restrictions are in effect in Routt County now. It was a unanimous vote by the Routt County Board of County Commissioners, because of the high fire danger in Routt County right now. Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties are also in Stage One Fire Restrictions. Commissioners made the decision based on the current conditions, long-term weather forecasts, and the dry fuel that could result in an uncontrollable fire. This is for all private and state-owned lands outside municipal boundaries. No burning of trash or irrigation ditches. Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds. No smoking unless you’re in a car or building. Don’t’ operate a chainsaw unless there is a working spark arresting device on it. No welding in an area where something could catch fire.

Three fires are burning in Rio Blanco County, west of Meeker. An air tanker is helping fire crews on the ground with the Wolf Fire. The biggest one is the Fawn Fire which has burned over 3,130 acres and is only at five percent containment. Aircraft is also dropping water on that one. Fire crews are hoping for more thunderstorms with rain, and without lightning.


The City of Rifle is building a new mountain biking trail system, with help from the Rifle Area Mountain Bike Organization. It’s an 18-mile project that will cost just over $90,000 thousand dollars. Work is set to start in early September.

Ride the Divide Tractor Ride



Ride the Divide Tractor ride is tomorrow. Meet at the Little Snake River Museum in Savery, Wyoming by 10 a.m. The tractors will be on display and then head up Battle Pass before taking a lunch break on top of the Continental Divide.



The Yampa Valley Community Foundation has awarded 183 scholarships to local students this year. Most are graduating seniors. Scholarships were given to students at Yampa Valley High School, Steamboat Springs High School, Moffat County High School, Soroco High School in Oak Creek, Hayden High School, Meeker High School, and Colorado Mountain College. Those scholarships totaled more than $211,000 thousand dollars.

In fishing news, the first of two free fly-fishing clinics is tonight. It starts at 6 p.m. at Yampa River State Park just west of Hayden

Elkhead Reservoir State Park near Craig has the second class near the main boat ramp at the same time, but it’s next Friday.

Wyman Museum

The Family ‘Cast, Blast ‘n Twang is tomorrow at the Wyman Living History Museum in Craig. It’s free, and it starts at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide all of the gear, but fishing and archery gear is OK to bring if you have it.


Don’t ever drink and drive. Colorado State Patrol plans to remind people of that, especially for the next ten days. It’s the Summer Strikeout heightened DUI enforcement period. Last year during the same time, 490 motorists were arrested for DUI in Colorado. As CDOT says, “The heat is on.”

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

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