KRAI News for Friday, March 13, 2020

All high school spring sports and activities are being suspended at Moffat County High School and at 359 high schools in Colorado, through April 6. It’s to address the concerns and ongoing decisions with the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes the spring sports season, with all competitions and practices, speech tournaments, music festivals, and everything else. This comes down from the Commissioner of CHSAA, which is the Colorado High School Activities Association.

The middle school wrestling tournament in Hayden scheduled for this weekend has also been suspended until further notice.

CNCC in Craig. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

Spring Break starts Monday at CNCC in both Rangely and Craig. That break has been extended to March 30 for the students. Staff and faculty will return on March 23 to work on a transition to remote instruction and exams, if that is necessary. There will be no large group gatherings on campus. Travel policies are restricted for students and CNCC employees. Any travel outside the state has to be approved.

The spring play “Clue On Stage” will not happen this week as planned. It has been postponed to later in the spring sometime.

In Rifle, all events at the Ute Theater are canceled through the weekend because of Coronavirus concerns. That includes the comedy event scheduled for Saturday.

Fifteen new presumptive positive cases of the Coronavirus were confirmed Thursday bringing the state total to 49 as of last night, none of which are in Moffat County or Routt County. There are 11 cases in Eagle County, and 13 cases in Pitkin County. Ten are confirmed in Aspen. Three people are in quarantine but won’t get tested.

Ray Mortensen mug shot

A Rifle man is in the Garfield County Jail today on multiple charges. 37-year-old Ray Mortensen was stopped just outside of Silt Wednesday. He was arrested for outstanding warrants, driving on a suspended license, and drug and weapon charges.

The City of Craig is looking for a new City Attorney. The current city attorney, Sherman Romney, has had his license suspended for three years. He has submitted his resignation to the city effective April 14. The Craig Press reports the suspension of his license has to do with some money transferring in his private practice. Romney has served as Craig’s City Attorney on and off for 18 years.

The Kum & Go at 1302 W. Victory Way in Craig has been temporarily shut down. The gas pumps are wrapped up in plastic with signs apologizing for any inconvenience. I called the store last night to find out how long it would be closed. No answer.

There is an online fundraiser going on right now for Ann Kidder. She is frequently Mrs. Claus in Moffat County, during the Christmas season. Ann has breast cancer and her medication is expensive. The family has a donation page on Facebook titled, “Mrs. Claus Cancer Fight.” They’re hoping to raise $45,000 for the family. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/donate/205473630548007/  or call Rhonda Martinez at 970-756-1253.

A bear tries to get in a trash can in a Steamboat carport. Photo courtesy Shannon Lukens.

The bears are waking up and you bet they’ll be hungry. The Steamboat office of Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports there was a bear out and about in the Brooklyn neighborhood Wednesday night. Other neighborhoods need to beware and be ready. Bring in your bird feeders and your trash, and lock your car doors.

Be careful on the roads… always. Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement is starting their St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement today. 336 impaired drivers were arrested in the state last year.

This Sunday is the last Super Ski Free Sunday at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, and the closing day celebration. As of now, it is still happening, but the city is discussion options. The Morningside String Band will be playing. There will also be food, drink and prizes throughout the day. Make sure to stop in the base lodge to pick up your free lift ticket on Sunday. This is the 104th winter season for North America’s oldest operating ski area.

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

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