Watch for wildlife along Colorado roadways this winter, especially wild horses along Colorado Highway 318. The Moffat County Sheriff’s Officers have found a dead mare, while on patrol in mid-February. It was in the Sand Wash Wild Horse Management area, about 45 miles northwest of Craig. The body of the horse, which was named Kitty Norville, and also Nakoma, was moved off of the roadway. They don’t think the horse was shot, and no one reported an accident with a horse on the road, so they aren’t sure how the horse died. The Craig Press reports that CDOT and the Bureau of Land Management are working on a way to keep the area safer, since horses can be on the highway there.
Colorado Lawmakers are considering a new bill where guns could be taken away from someone who poses a risk to themselves or others. Family members or law enforcement could get courts to take someone’s guns for 14 days. It’s being called the “Red Flag” bill. Moffat County Sheriff K.C. Hume tells the Craig Press that he wants to address mental health concerns in Moffat County but not at the expense of Second Amendment rights. Hume says the legislation is “wrong in so many ways.”
Routt County and Pueblo County have been participating in a two-year pilot addiction treatment program. It’s been successful. Colorado lawmakers want to expand the program to other counties. What it does is provide funding for medication-assisted treatment for drug addicts. It helps them cope with cravings and withdrawals. Road to Recovery in Steamboat was the first treatment center in Routt County to receive a grant from the program. If the bill is approved, the program’s budget would go from $500,000 dollars a year to $5 million dollars annually with money from the marijuana tax cash fund.
Drummers in the Moffat County High School Band are soon getting new drums. It’s actually the Skyline Drumline which are the instruments used at the Denver Nuggets basketball games. The school district gets to purchase the high-end percussion set with help from a $3500 donation from the Northwest Colorado Chapter of the Parrotheads.
The Moffat County School District also awarded a $100,000 school safety grant. It’s for new locks at Sandrock Elementary School and the high school. And the bus drivers and maintenance teams will get new digital radios.
The full board was in attendance at the Moffat County School District Board of Education meeting in February. That included new members JnL Linsacum, and Cindy Looper.
The Three Wire Winter digital library in Routt County is now part of a national database. It was a magazine that documented voices, and pictures of hundreds of Routt County men and women, from 1976 to 1988. The link is www.ThreeWireWinter.org
There are two more Ski Free Sundays at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. This Sunday, different businesses will be there, along with Mountain Tap Brewery, and demo skis will be available from Harvest Skis. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be on the grill, and the Morning Side String Band performs Sunday afternoon. Skiing is free, but get your lift tickets in the base lodge before heading up the poma.
The spring meeting for parents of all athletes participating in spring sports at Moffat County High School is this Tuesday. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the library at Moffat County High School. Those spring sports are girls soccer, boys swimming, girls golf, baseball, and track and field.
In sports this weekend, the Moffat County girls varsity basketball team is competing in the 3A CHSAA Round of 32 in Eaton. The Craig Youth Hockey Association 18U Hockey team is in the playoffs in Denver. The Craig Middle School wrestling team is at a tournament in Montrose.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.