KRAI News for Friday, June 21, 2019






The new combined law enforcement facility for Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs officially opens this Monday. It’s a $19.3 million dollar collaboration between the two groups. Sheriff Garrett Wiggins says it’s been a long-time coming.

Here’s Steamboat Springs Police Chief Cory Christensen.

About 80 people will work in the building, including Animal Control and Community Service officers. Local subcontractors were used as much as possible. The Routt County Communications Center will make the move sometime after the 4th of July.

More on the facility:

County is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the John Wesley Powell expedition, on the rivers of Northwest Colorado. When he and his group of explorers floated through the canyons in Dinosaur National Monument, he bounced his voice off the canyon walls, hence the name Echo Park. A group gathered there this week to remember that trip from back in 1869. The great-great-grandson of one of the boatmen, Jack Sumner, was there to talk about it.

Steamboat isn’t getting any more marijuana shops. City Council has indefinitely postponed the marijuana license ordinance that would have added three more within city limits. The general opinion of council members was that their constituents were against adding more dispensaries in Steamboat.

Keep the coats out. The Yampa Valley could get some snow this weekend, at over 10,000 feet in elevation. There will definitely be rain, but the cold weather could turn those raindrops to snowflakes.

About $10,000 was raised during last weekend’s Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show in Craig. The money goes towards the local youth group. The best of Show Car was Tom Shockley’s 1930 Marquette Model 37. He’s from Utah. Rick Mosher of Craig won the Owner’s Choice and Commissioners Choice for his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport.

The Steamboat Pro Rodeo series kicks off the summer season tonight.

That is John Shipley, the long-time announcer for the rodeo. The first chute opens at 7:30 tonight at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

The 115th Annual Pioneer Picnic is Sunday, in Hayden. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. It’s from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Sunday at the Hayden Heritage Center Museum.

The Taste of South Routt is Saturday in Oak Creek. There are food vendors, a beer garden, live music, games and a silent auction. Proceeds provide scholarships for graduating seniors from Soroco High School. The Taste of South Routt is from noon to 6 p.m. at Decker Park in Oak Creek.

Meekerpalooza and the Meeker Farmer’s Market is also Saturday, on Main Street in front of the Courthouse in Meeker.

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

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