KRAI News for Friday, March 20, 2020

Craig City Council has passed an emergency resolution in an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. City Hall will be locked. Instructions on how to access different services will be on the west entrance of the building, and also on the KRAI Facebook page and website. City Council meetings will be conducted via broadcast. Utility billing can be paid online or placed in the drop boxes at City Hall or inside City Market by the service counter.

Moffat County Commissioners are battling the COVID-19 and Coronavirus. In a letter the community, they’ve listed the following:

  • Moffat County Public Health is working with local and statewide groups, as well as the CDC with current updates.
  • Sheriff KC Hume is also meeting with law enforcement groups regularly to plan preparedness and response efforts.
  • Moffat County is working with Memorial Regional Health, who is preparing for more patients, if necessary. Hours have been reduced.
  • The health department is working with Sandrock Ridge nursing facility, as well as the Senior Center and Housing Authority.
  • An Emergency Management Coordinator has been hired by Moffat County.
  • Testing locations will be posted by Moffat County Health for residents.

Moffat County School District has set up a contingency plan, since students are required to stay home through April 17. It’s been ordered for students at all Colorado schools by Gov. Jared Polis. Superintendent Dave Ulrich says Moffat County students are in Phase 1, where parents use recommended activities they will be receiving today. On Monday, April 6, they’ll transition to an e-learning district curriculum, which will include engagement from their teachers. The district is working out those details now. Grab and go lunches will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center, Ridgeview, and Sandrock, starting on Monday. Principals will be in their buildings from 7-9 a.m. Monday to distribute iPads to those who might not have been able to get their on the last day of school, which was Friday, March 13. Ulrich adds, “Thanks again for your work to ensure we are focused on doing what is best for our students.  There has never been a greater challenge to live our mission to educate and inspire students to thrive in an environment of change.”

The 14th Judicial District is reporting that there aren’t any cases of the Coronavirus in any of the jails in Routt, Moffat and Grand Counties. But they are trying to reduce the number of people in these facilities due to the heightened risk of the virus. Here’s Court Executive Peggy Gentles with a statement from Judge Michael O’Hara.

That’s the update for those inmates in jails in the three counties in the 14th Judicial District.

Moffat County agencies are providing food and supplies, and they need items in return. They are the Inter-Faith Food Bank, St. Michael’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen, Love Inc. of the Yampa Valley, and the Community Budget Center. The full list is on the KRAI Facebook page and on our website.

Inter-Faith Food Bank at 517 Breeze St, Craig, CO 81625; (970) 824-7898.

  • Available: Monday, Wednesday, Friday   10:30 a.m. to Noon.
  • Immediate Needs:  Pancake Mix, Syrup, Dry Cereal, Canned prepared foods (Spaghettios, Ravioli, Chili, Canned Meats, Canned beans), Canned Spaghetti Sauce, Dry Spaghetti, Boxed Mac and Cheese, Dry goods like Potatoes, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Peanut Butter, Butter or Margarine, Tuna, Raman Noodles.  Frozen hamburger, frozen chicken.

St Michael’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen at 678 School St., Craig, CO 81625; (970) 824-5330.

  • Pick Up only at the Church, no inside dining during this time, will be delivering food on already approved routes.
  • Hours: Every Tuesday Afternoon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Every Thursday Evening from 4-6 p.m. Special dates:  Saturday March 21st, March 28th and April 4th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Immediate Needs: Canned Fruits and Vegetables, Dry Spaghetti, Spaghetti Sauce, Paper Towels, Toilet Paper.

 Love Inc. of the Yampa Valley at 656 School St, Craig, CO 81625; (970) 826-4400.

  • Hours are Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday and Thursday 2-5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m.

Community Budget Center at 555 Yampa Ave, Craig, CO 81625; (970) 824-7898.

  • Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Immediate Needs:  Paper products, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Baby Wipes, Personal Hygiene Items, Sanitizers.

City Market has now also set aside hours for at-risk shoppers and the elderly. They can come into the store from 7-8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Regular hours for City Market will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment website:

The four rental cabins in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests are being closed indefinitely. The Forest Service says it is for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Three are in Wyoming and one is the Seedhouse Guard Station in the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District in Routt County.

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

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