KRAI News for Friday, Nov. 23, 2018

The Community Impact Program has graduated nine more people. They were in a program called Getting Ahead in a Just Getting’ By World. People with incomes of 200 percent or below the federal poverty guideline are eligible. They learn to be more self-sufficient in the 18-session program. It’s held twice a year. Graduates also get support from Moffat County United Way and the Community Impact Coordinator, Kristin Vigil. So far, the Community Impact Program has graduated 130 people overall. The next one starts in January. If you’re interested, call 970-326-6222, or email Kristen@UnitedWayMoffat.org.

Craig residents are being asked for their opinion on recreation in and near the city of Craig. It’s part of the new Craig Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan. The estimated cost of all projects and new facilities have been identified and prioritized in the plan. The total cost would be about $16.6 million dollars. You can see the plan through the city’s website.  City staff has asked for any comments on the projects to be submitted by Nov. 30. Drop those comments off at City Hall or email Alicia Baker or Dave Pike with the City of Craig. Staff is also asking for feedback from the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners.

Football officials from Routt and Moffat Counties have been chosen to officiate the state championship football games. Rusty McRight of Steamboat will officiate the 2A state championship game. The 8-man football state championships will be officiated by Elvis Iacovetto from Phippsburg and John Hadden from Craig. The games are Nov. 24. They were chosen out of 565 active Colorado Football Official Association members. Another official from Northwest Colorado is Cindy Meade from South Routt. Meade is one of the state’s few female football officials. Meade is from Oak Creek and she now lives in Phippsburg.

Many are hanging up holiday decorations and lights this weekend. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to remind everyone to keep wildlife in mind when hanging outdoor decorations. Animals with antlers can easily get tangled. Lights should be at least six feet off the ground, and secured tightly. Also, put away anything else that could tangle up a buck, like volleyball nets, hammocks, and swings.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has a new alert, and this time it is about birds. If you have a bird feeder or a bird bath, make sure to keep it clean. Birds can pass around diseases, especially house-finch eye disease. It is starting to spread across the United States and Canada. The bird feeders can carry bacteria, viruses and parasites, and should be cleaned at least once a month, and bird baths at least once a week.

An endangered Mexican wolf has escaped from a Colorado wildlife center. It happened in the town of Divide which is 55 miles south of Denver. Trappers are trying to recapture the animal.

Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs opens for the season Saturday morning, two weeks earlier than scheduled. The Schnackenberg Poma will start rolling at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning and will operate Tuesdays through Sundays during normal operating hours. Sundays are free at Howelsen Hill starting Dec. 2, through March 10. You’ll still need to stop into the lodge at the base area to get a free ticket, whether you’re skiing or snowboarding, cross-country, snowshoeing, or riding your fat bike on the trails.

The Parade of Lights is tomorrow in Craig. It’s an annual event that kicks off the holiday season, organized by the Craig Lions Club and the Downtown business Association. It starts at 6 p.m. Saturday evening.

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

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