KRAI News for Friday, May 31, 2019

Craig City Council members are working on getting a law written that would allow for a vote that would allow retail marijuana businesses in the city of Craig. It was discussed at the City Council meeting this week. There have to be at least two public readings of any ordinance before it can be placed on the ballot. That means council would have to quickly work out the details by August if it is to be on the November ballot, which would let the voters decide.

The City of Craig and Moffat County are discussing how to jointly fund the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig, and the Moffat County Libraries. The groups met this week to explore how a city-county partnership would work. The county cut funding last year. A ballot initiative that would have funded the libraries and the museum didn’t pass in November. The Craig Press reports that the joint services group decided to bring their funding requests before their own budget workshops. That’s in June for the county and September for the city.

Wildfire photo by Shannon Lukens.

Parts of Moffat County are at a high risk of wildfire. In Routt County, 99 percent of residents there live in an area at risk of wildfire. That’s according to the Colorado State Forest Service. Officials spoke about the risk at a recent Fire Mitigation Conference in Steamboat Springs. A flammable area is one where vegetation like brush or forests can be prone to wildfires and pose a risk to the people living there. Across the state, the Forest Service found that 2.9 million Colorado residents live in an area prone to wildfires. The Routt County Office of Emergency Management has tips of how to stay safe, such as keeping your grass closely mowed, keep your house number clearly visible, make sure your road and driveway is passable for large vehicles in all types of weather, and avoid using equipment that can spark, especially near hay or dry grass.

 Tips to protect your home from wildfire

  • Create a defensible space of at least 30 feet around your house and outbuildings.
  • Keep grass, both green and dormant, closely mowed. Space trees wide apart and prune lower tree branches well up from the ground. Keep tall grass, brush and trees out from under utility lines to protect essential services.
  • Make sure roads and driveways are passable by wide vehicles in all types of weather and that bridges are strong enough to support heavy, water-laden fire trucks.
  • Make your home address easily visible and include both your house number and street name in your address.
  • Establish fuel breaks along roadways and between buildings and fields or woodlands.
  • Keep mufflers and spark arrestors on agricultural equipment in proper working order, and watch out for rocks and metal when bush hogging or mowing.
  • Monitor hay baling operations closely. Check for hot bearings or hay caught in rollers. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Watch out for sparks when using welding equipment to build fences or repair equipment.
  • Avoid driving or parking vehicles in grassy areas where tall, dry grass can come into contact with hot pollution control equipment under your vehicle.
  • Postpone outdoor burning until your area greens up. Check with your local fire department to determine if all restrictions on outdoor burning have been lifted.

From the Routt County Office of Emergency Management

Fancy fishing trucks are cruising around the state now. They’re the fleet from the hatcheries of Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The trucks are delivering fish from their 19 hatcheries to 2,000 natural lakes in Colorado, along with 800 reservoirs, and 9,500 miles of trout stream. The new message on the trucks say, “Your fishin’ is our mission.”

Four pigs who got out Wednesday night had a fun night, but they are back at home. They somehow got out near the rest stop west of Hayden. But they were found Thursday morning at 8:30. Thank you to all who were on pig patrol, who helped bring them home.

The Northwest Storage Annual Flea Market is this Saturday. Storage tenants are selling out of units. And there will be vendors, food, and entertainment. The Flea Market is from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Northwest Storage, 4295 W. Highway 40.

The snow is finally cleared on Independence Pass, between Leadville and Aspen. Many avalanche slide paths had to be cleared this year. Independence Pass is scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. tonight. But check on that section of Hwy 82 first, with if you are headed that way.

In sports, coming up next week, there is a Lady Bulldog Middle School basketball Camp. It’s at Moffat County High School starting at 10 a.m.

And congratulations to the Steamboat Springs High School Class of 2019. 181 seniors will walk the stage at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gardner Field.

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

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