KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

Trick-or-Treat Street in downtown Craig has been canceled for this coming Halloween. It’s because of the recent uptick of cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. Kandee Dilldine organizes the event for the Downtown Business Association.

Moffat County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow says it was a difficult decision and they tried locally to work with the Downtown Business Association to come up with different solutions, but in the end, under the advisement of the state and in an effort to safeguard Moffat County’s Protect Our Neighbors status, the downtown Halloween event had to be canceled.

Trunk or treat at Victory Motors is also canceled.

Cases of COVID-19 are up in both Routt and Moffat Counties, with 31 cases reported in Routt County in two weeks, and 11 cases in Moffat County since Friday. More than half of the cases are in people over 50 years old. Dr. Brian Harrington is the Chief Medical Officer for Routt County. He says that it’s important that those people who may be at low risk, continue to be vigilant to avoid getting the virus.

Harrington adds that residents need to avoid large social gatherings, and that includes Halloween parties.

 Flames can be seen in Moffat County from the East Troublesome Fire in Grand County. At one point, it was burning 6,000 acres an hour overnight. Craig Fire Chief KC Hume says he has a call into the Grand County Sheriff to see how the fire department can help.

 

In Routt County, the Oak Creek, West Routt, North Routt, and Steamboat stations have sent six engines, about 15 firefighters, and two dispatchers to help with both the East Troublesome and Cameron Peak Fires. Here’s West Routt Fire Chief Trevor Guire in Hayden.

The East Troublesome Fire has burned over 125,000 acres since it started last Wednesday and it is only 5% contained.

Chevron is donating more than $100,000 to four emergency management agencies. They are De Beque Fire Protection, Garfield County, Mesa County, and the Town of Rangely. The Rio Blanco Herald Times reports the money donated will help fund a replacement of Rangely’s dispatch system.

Ballot Count, Moffat County residents have now returned 1,470 ballots as of Thursday. That’s according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

 

In high school football, the Moffat County Bulldogs head to Elizabeth Saturday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

The Meeker Cowboys travel to Hotchkiss, also for a Saturday game. That starts at 2 p.m. It’s Homecoming in Oak Creek. The Soroco Rams host Gilpin County tonight at 7 p.m. The Hayden Tigers are also at home tonight with a game against Vail Christian at 7 p.m.

From Routt County Public Health… Numbers are at their highest since the start of the pandemic. Continue to be careful and keep everyone safe. Help make COVID stop with you.

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

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