A small fire started in a remote area north of Hayden last night. It was in the Sugar Loaf Bears Ears area, about two miles from Routt County Road 80. Craig Dispatch sent a helicopter out, with help from West Routt Fire and other state firefighters. It was only about an acre, and they got it out, and then kept an eye out for spot fires on the perimeter. Mo Demorat with the Routt County Office of Emergency Management wants to remind everyone, especially hunters, that no campfires are allowed.
Both Routt and Moffat Counties are in Stage Two Fire Restrictions.
A 34-year-old man from Oak Creek died in a one-vehicle rollover accident west of Milner Thursday morning. Colorado State Patrol reports that Andrew Hucke was weaving through the lanes heading east on Highway 40 and went off the road and up an embankment, hit a rock and overturned in his ’99 Ford Contour. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected during the crash. Colorado State Patrol says excessive speed is thought to be a factor as well as possible alcohol or drugs.
Water is being released from Elkhead Reservoir to help irrigators and endangered habitat along the Yampa River. It’s a combined effort since there’s been a call on the river for water use restrictions. The Craig Press reports Tri-State Generation and Transmission will release 500 acre-feet of water it controls from Elkhead. The Colorado River District will release another 750 acre-feet. Colorado Water Trust will release another 250 acre-feet.
In the town of El Jebel, someone has been poisoning dogs. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office wants to know who has been doing it. Two dogs were poisoned at the El Jebel Mobile Home Park last week.
The Labor Day weekend starts today. Colorado State Patrol wants to remind drivers to be safe and buckle up. Law enforcement agencies across the state are on alert for DUIs and any dangerous and impaired drivers over the end-of-summer Labor Day weekend. Wyoming Highway Patrol is sending the same message about safe driving this weekend for the unofficial end to summer. Be careful on your vacations and road trips. Wyoming law enforcement will be taking immediate action on distracted or intoxicated drivers. Keep the roads safe by calling the REDDI hotline number, which is Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately. That number is 1-800-442-9090.
An Economic Development Workshop has been scheduled for next Tuesday, with the City of Craig and Moffat County Commissioners. It’s at 9:30 a.m. at the main floor conference room in the Moffat County Courthouse.
Then next Thursday, there’s a board meeting for the Moffat County Local Marketing District in City Council Chambers on 4th Street. That’s at 4 p.m. in the afternoon.
Another Moffat County event coming up is $15K+ Day with Moffat County United Way. It’s scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.