KRAI News for Friday, June 26, 2020

Moffat County has a new confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus today. It’s a woman in her 60s. She is being issued isolation orders, as are her close contacts. Moffat County has had a total of nine cases now. The last one was June 2.

There wasn’t an update Thursday of new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Routt County. That’s because that’s the day that the Routt County Public Health Director works with Moffat County. Any new cases of the virus in the Routt County community, from Thursday or Friday are released today.

Routt County Commissioners are discussing sending a 60-day termination notice to the Moffat County Commissioners early next week, to end their agreement with their combined Board of Health agencies. Kari Ladrow is the director of both. Routt County Commissioners discussed the heavy burden to Ladrow right now, because of the COVID-19 virus. They’ve decided that Routt County needs a full-time Director of Public Health, instead of sharing duties with neighboring Moffat County. The issue will be discussed and the 60-day termination notice of shared services is expected to be sent next Tuesday.

Moffat County Fair

The Moffat County Fair is moving along, as scheduled. The 4-H kids will be able to show their horses, and the small and large animal livestock, along with the exhibit classes. The auction and sale will also continue as planned. Here’s Moffat County Fair Board President Kyler Scott.

The fair is the first full week in August, with the auction scheduled for Saturday night, August 8.

The Moffat County Fair is scheduled, but the rodeo and evening entertainment at the fair is still pending. Moffat County Commissioners talked about it at their meeting Thursday. They decided to hold off on a request to the state for a variance to allow more people at the fairgrounds for the entertainment events like the rodeo. The want to wait to see what the governor says on large gatherings this Tuesday. Commissioner Don Broom says it’s important for the rodeo at the fair, but also 4th of July festivities in Craig.

The governor is expected to allow counties to apply for the “Protect Our Neighbors” phase. Each county is different depending on the disease prevalence. Moffat County has had a total of nine cases of the COVID-19 virus. The governor’s ruling is expected to allow gatherings of up to 500 people, or 75 percent of the capacity of the venue, and that information will be released on Tuesday.

The 4th of July Parade in Craig will be happening this year. It starts at the VFW Hall and City Park, and heads to Ledford Street. Chris Suits is with the VFW who is organizing the parade.

You don’t have to register to be in the parade; just show up. You can start lining up at 10 a.m. and then the parade starts at 11 a.m. Social distancing has to be maintained by those in the parade, and those who are watching.

The VFW will not be able to host a 4th of July BBQ this year. There will be fireworks, though. They’ll start around dusk on the 4th, and be shot off from a field next to Moffat County High School.

An adult and three missing children were found just west of Steamboat Springs Thursday afternoon. Colorado State Patrol troopers stopped the bus which looks like a transit bus, for impeding traffic along Highway 40 and not having registration on the vehicle. When contacted, it was discovered that the 33-year-old female driver, and three children, ages six, four, and one, had been reported missing and were endangered out of Florida. More investigating resulted in discovering that the driver was in a mental health crisis. She was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Routt County Department of Human Services was called in to help with the children, and they were taken into protective custody by court order.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect as of today in Garfield County. That means seven fire districts and all of unincorporated Garfield County. This means no fireworks, burn permits are postponed, no campfires unless in a designated fire grate, and no smoking unless in an enclosed vehicle or building.

In Dinosaur, the visitor center and Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall at Dinosaur National Monument is re-opening this Tuesday. Hours are about 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. each day. Social distancing will be required, and face coverings, if necessary.

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