KRAI News for Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

Moffat County has a new Medical Officer for Public Health. Moffat County Commissioners asked Dr. Allan Reishus to come out of retirement and help out with the job.

Dr. Reishus has maintained his medical license and still lives in Craig since retirement. The job as Moffat County’s Medical Officer for Public Health is a part-time, volunteer job. He’ll be an advisor and consultant to the Public Health Department.

From Moffat County Public Health, there is a correction on the dashboard for the county. There have been 35 positive cases of COVID-19 in Moffat County. It was last updated on Sept. 2 and there have been no new cases since then. Moffat County Public Health Director Kari Ladrow says Moffat County has a low disease transmission. Ladrow hopes to hear by the end of next week whether Moffat County is allowed to move into the Protect Our Neighbors phase with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Yampa Valley Electric says there were eight power outages throughout Northwest Colorado during Tuesday’s storm. 30-40 trees came down on power lines and eight broken power poles had to be replaced. Their crews worked through the night and sometimes in winds of 50 to 100 miles per hour.

The West Routt Fire Protection District is reporting the death of one of their firefighter EMTs. 31-year-old Kyle Ray McCoy died Sept. 3. A funeral procession through Hayden is at 10:30 Saturday, followed by a service at Dry Creek Park.

The Town of Hayden is wrapping up the final design of the Hayden Center. That’s the redevelopment of the old Hayden High School to be a community center. The town has started the Hayden Community Fund to help with the cost. The money is being raised through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. All level of donations are being accepted. The Hayden Center is scheduled to open on a limited basis in January. The link is:

The word “hyperphagia” is back in the news. Hyperphagia means the time of year when bears are getting ready to hibernate and they spend up to 20 hours a day looking for food. A lot of food: 20,000 or more calories a day. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says to be “Bear Aware.” Take down the bird feeders, close your garage door, secure trash cans and dumpsters, and make sure your house doors and car doors are locked. However, Moffat and Rio Blanco Counties are in Area 6 where bear conflicts with humans aren’t as common. The wildlife manager for the area says, “Most of our issues deal with livestock, mostly sheep, getting killed by bears on public lands all summer long.”

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