KRAI News for Friday, June 28, 2019

The Yampa River has probably peaked, but water officials are still debating it. Some think it peaked last Sunday. It hasn’t gone below 2,300 cubic feet per second since June 5. Last weekend’s rain and snow filled the river to 4,190 cfs. As for tubing, commercial outfitters typically rent tubes when the river falls below 700 cfs. Right now, it’s over four times that rate.

The standing water has caused mosquito issues in Moffat County. At least one mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus near the South Beach boat ramp in Craig. Spraying for mosquitos will be next Tuesday and Wednesday in Craig.

Colorado Northwestern Community College’s John Anderson and James Caldwell pose with “Blue,” a Whittle the Wood carving recently placed at the college’s Craig campus.
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“Blue,” the broken dinosaur from Whittle the Wood, is all better and repaired after getting broken. Blue was created by Ken Braun from Montrose, and he won the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous. Blue’s new home is at Colorado Northwestern Community College, on the campus in Craig, conveniently in Dinosaur Hall. CNCC is hosting a free event this Saturday afternoon, so people can learn more about the paleontology program there. Other Whittle the Wood creations are being placed around Craig. The hummingbirds that Bongo Love made are at the Craig Chamber, “Horse of Course” from Robert Lyon is at the Moffat County Fairgrounds. Several others will be at Breeze Park.

After serving 18 years as an elected director, outgoing Yampa Valley Electric Association Director Pat McClelland, right, got a standing ovation during the co-op’s annual meeting in recognition of his retirement from the board. His grandfather was the 151st customer of the electricity co-op, and his father worked as a lineman from 1946 until his retirement.
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Yampa Valley Electric Association has some new board members. In District 3, Steamboat Springs City Council member Sonja Macys defeated Jeremy Behling. She will replace Pat McClelland who is retiring after 18 years on the board. Hayden businessman Patrick Delaney beat incumbent Frank Roitsch in District 5. In District 4, incumbent Dean Brosious was re-elected over his challenger, Chuck Grobe.







Craig and Steamboat Springs now have new electric vehicle charging stations. Both are at the offices of Yampa Valley Electric Association. It’s the first place to charge an electric vehicle in Moffat County. It’s at 3715 East U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. Here’s Tammi Strickland with YVEA.

The local electric company received a grant for $18,000 to building the two charging stations. The grant was a Charge Ahead Colorado grant awarded from the Colorado Energy Office. The new electric vehicle charging station that was built in Craig, is the first publicly accessible charging station in Moffat County.

The town of Hayden is finalizing an ordinance for Hayden’s first retail marijuana dispensary. It would be near Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Rodney McGowen is the one who is looking for approval. He says the airport location is good for tourists flying into town, and it is on the periphery for most Hayden residents. Mayor Tim Redmond agreed at the last meeting, adding that a dispensary is a legal business, and he hopes it brings in substantial tax revenue. The first reading of the official ordinance is July 11, and the public can comment.

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