KRAI News for Friday, March 29, 2019

Production is down at Twentymile Coal Company’s Foidel Creek Mine. It dropped by 20 percent last year, producing 3 million tons of coal, as opposed to 3.8 in 2017. The number of employees working at the mine has also dropped, according to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety. In December of 2012, the mine employed 451 people. Last December, that number had dropped to 266. Peabody Energy owns Twentymile.

Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger has changed his political affiliation. The lifelong Democrat has switched to Independent. He announced his decision in a letter to the editor in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Monger registered as a Democrat when he was 17. He says he has been frustrated with the direction of the party at the state and national levels.

Registration for kindergarteners in Moffat County School District starts this Monday. Your child must be 5 years old by August 31. You can register online at  The website also has some dates of Kindergarten Information Nights coming up in May at the local elementary schools.

Kindergarten registration for the fall is open now for kids in the Steamboat Springs School District. This is for kids who will be 5 years old by October 1st, or new first graders. Register online at

Yampa Valley Electric has launched Luminate Broadband. It’s a stand-alone subsidiary  of Yampa Valley Electric, working to build a fiber-optic broadband network. The Craig Press reports the high-speed fiber broadband internet service will have data speeds of up to one gigabite per second.

High School band members from Moffat County and Steamboat Springs high schools combined efforts in a concert for Strings School Days in Steamboat Wednesday. It’s a music education program built by Strings Music Festival to bring Yampa Valley students and professional musicians together. It’s the 13th year for the program. The two bands played with a professional jazz quartet for the concert.

The Fundraiser for Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding of NW Colorado is tomorrow at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in the Pavilion. Everyone is invited. Tickets are available at the door or at Craig Chamber.

Former Moffat County Golf Coach, Ann Marie Hamilton, has been inducted into the Doane University Hall of Fame. Hamilton graduated from Moffat County High School in 1988, before attending Doane, which is in Crete, Nebraska. Hamilton helped start the golf team there.

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