KRAI News for Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $6 million dollars to Yampa Valley Electric Association to expand broadband service in Northwest Colorado. 200 miles of middle-mile fiber will connect those who live in rural homes, farms, and ranches in Routt, Moffat and Eagle counties.

Moffat County Commissioners have approved a contract to purchase the Kmart Building for $2.25 million dollars. If all goes well, the closing date will be Dec. 29. The building would be used to consolidate Moffat County facilities, including the courthouse.

Moffat County kids can trick-or-treat door-to-door this Halloween, instead of going downtown this year. On Saturday, KS Kreations in downtown Craig has cookies at the store all day. The Jungle Pet Shop is passing out free goldfish from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, for kids in costume. No candy, just goldfish while supplies last. Then the West Twin Cinema is showing Rocky Horror Picture Show at 10 p.m. Halloween night. It’s $6 at the door and there are prizes for the best costume. Here’s a Halloween video from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uBjISRATHtl79Z4wkktxjeCn6fUUvAKX/view

Ballots are being dropped off daily at the Moffat County Courthouse. As of Thursday, 4,322 have been returned. You can drop off your ballot in the dropbox outside, or bring it in to the elections office, where it will be received and your signature verified. Debbie Belleville heads up Elections for Moffat County. She said they have had 28 ballots that have been rejected because the ballot wasn’t signed or a signature doesn’t match. Six of those have been cured.

Election Day is Tuesday. Take your ballot to the Moffat County Courthouse, either inside, or in the dropbox outside.The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, too. Moffat County has 8,436 active registered voters.

One NW Colorado Girl Scout is doing what she can to educate girls and their parents about the importance of voting. Gracelyn Roberts is 13 and is in a Steamboat troop, but she lives in North Jackson County. The importance of voting has earned her the Silver Award which is the highest honor for a girl in middle school.

Gracelyn also started a website called The History of Women’s Suffrage. Link: https://thehistoryofwomenssuffrage.com/

Three people have been appointed to the Moffat County Fair Board, from the county commissioners. The three filling the empty spots on the 11-person board are Kyler Scott, Tammy Villard, and Taylor Peck.

 

The district attorney’s office will be filing formal arson charges against 68-year-old Christopher Linsmayer of Silverthorne after he allegedly set fire to 12 slash piles on his property in Kremmling, and then left the fires unattended. The Sheriff’s Office and Kremmling Fire had to go to Linsmayer’s property twice this week to put the fires out. Sky Hi News reports that Linsmayer has had repeated violations of illegally burning slash piles on his property over the years. Both Grand and Routt Counties are still under Stage II Fire Restrictions.

Harvest Homecoming is happening in Moffat County on Friday. It celebrates fall, football, and the Moffat County community. The Homecoming Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. The Homecoming football game is Friday night at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will play Woodland Park. Hayden is on the road against Rangely.

From Routt County Public Health… Numbers of COVID cases are still up. Be careful and stay 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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