KRAI News for Friday, June 7, 2019

Some businesses in downtown Craig are getting the front of their businesses fixed up. It’s part of a new matching grant program. The city’s economic development committee awarded nearly $50,000 to five local businesses. The Craig Press reports that each grant must be matched by the business to be used for the façade or capital improvements.

Oil rigs in Jackson County. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

The Bureau of Land Management is looking to lease 80 parcels of land for oil and gas. These parcels are in Moffat and Routt Counties, Garfield and Rio Blanco Counties. But most are in Jackson County, with 33 parcels. Some wildlife advocates are concerned about the conflicts with big game and the greater sage grouse habitat, and there are archeological sites on some of these parcels. Diane Miller of North Routt County is one of those advocates.

The BLM is collecting comments, for and against, the possibility of oil leases on these 80 parcels of land. The deadline is June 12, which is next Wednesday. The link to comment is KRAI.com and on the KRAI Facebook page.

Steamboat Springs is hosting the second annual Substance Use Prevention and Recovery seminar. It starts today and runs through Sunday at the CMC campus. The link to register online: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventId=2560991

A movie producer and former Meeker resident is back in the Meeker area, making a movie. Calvin Shepherd is filming a full-length motion picture called, “Country Mustard.” He wrote the movie that he describes as a “thriller western.”

Ballots are in the mail for the proposed West Steamboat Neighborhoods annexation. Ballots can be dropped off at the Routt County Courthouse or they can be mailed to the City Clerk’s office (at P.O. Box 775088, Steamboat Springs, CO  80477).

A man died near Eagle-Vail in a rafting accident. A raft with five men flipped in the Eagle River. Four made it to shore but one man didn’t. His name hasn’t been released.

Rockmageddon continues in Parachute today and tomorrow, at Cottonwood Park. The Mud Drag is tonight. Saturday is the OHV Barrel Racing, and then ATV Whack-a-mole Barrel Racing followed by an outdoor concert with the Dead Cowboyz and The Williams Brothers Band. https://www.rockmageddon.com/event

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

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