KRAI News for Friday, May 22, 2020

Moffat County High School is honoring the 2020 Graduates with a Graduation Parade on Saturday. High School Principal Sarah Hepworth says, because of the pandemic, the Class of 2020 has learned to work with adversity.

Each of the nearly 100 seniors will be in their own vehicle in the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Principal Hepworth says everyone is invited.

The parade downtown then moves up to the high school parking lot for a private drive-by ceremony for the seniors.

But stick around downtown as the graduation parade then immediately turns into the Memorial Day Parade for the Moffat County community. You can still get an entry form at KS Kreations and the Downtown Business Center. It’s free to be in the parade on Saturday.

Full Interview with MCHS Principal Sarah Hepworth:

More details from Craig Police: At 9 a.m. on May 23, 2020, the Seniors will be staging in the north parking lot of the middle school. Starting at 10 a.m. the Seniors will leave the parking lot and the route will be south on Yampa to Victory Way. The parade will turn right (west) on Victory traveling to Finley Lane. The parade will turn right (north) on to Finley Lane. The parade will continue north to the north parking lot of the Moffat County High School. While the parade is traveling on Finley Lane the following streets will be closed to traffic: 6th Street, 9th Street and Alta Vista Drive. These streets will be opened up once the parade passes each street.

Memorial Day is Monday. American Legion Post 62 will have an in-person Memorial Day Ceremony in Craig at the cemetery, to honor fallen soldiers. While an honor guard will be there for the ceremony, it will be closed to the public.

That’s Michael Lausin who is the Sons of the American Legion Commander for Squadron 62. He says the gates will be closed at the Craig Cemetery on Monday, but you can watch the ceremony on their Youtube page. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. Monday morning. Private ceremonies are also being held in Hayden and Steamboat Springs on Monday. For the safety of everyone, the ceremony will be streamed on the American Legion Post62 YouTube channel at

It is the Memorial Day weekend. Campers are headed to Northwest Colorado. All Routt County state campgrounds are fully booked for the holiday weekend. That includes  Steamboat Lake, Pearl Lake, Stagecoach, and Yampa River State Park. Only Steamboat Lake and Stagecoach are open for boating. However, the swim and beach areas are still closed.  Dispersed camping is also allowed. Campers are being asked to arrive with their own supplies and try not to do their shopping locally.

The other concern right now is fires. There aren’t any fire restrictions, and the risk of wildfires is low but local fire departments are ready if a wildfire was to start. The hard part would be for firefighters to practice health guidelines if there is a fire.

Preventing Wildfires (from Routt County Government)

  • Build and monitor responsible fires
  • Never burn in windy conditions
  • Report anything suspicious to the authorities
  • Make sure flammable chemicals are in proper containers and stored safely
  • Dispose of flammable/hazardous waste responsibly
  • Extinguish fire pits and campfires when done
  • Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car
  • Use caution when using flammable liquids
  • Pay attention to local ordinances for trash burning
  • Pay attention to the risk of forest fires in your area

It is the Memorial Day weekend. In Steamboat, that means sidewalk sales downtown. Lisa Popovich is with Main Street Steamboat Springs.

Routt County Commissioners and the Board of Health are meeting today to discuss the mask requirements and the next steps to re-opening the community. Right now, masks are required in public, which means all stores and businesses, for all locals and visitors.

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, traffic is expected to be lower than normal, according to Colorado Department of Transportation. That’s because of the Safer at Home orders from the state. Trail Ridge Road between Estes Park and Grand Lake hasn’t opened yet, and there is no date on when that will happen. Independence Pass between Twin Lakes and Aspen is expected to open June 1.

And when you are out this weekend, don’t drink and drive. CDOT and Colorado State Patrol have their “Heat is On” campaign running through next Tuesday.

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

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