KRAI News for Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

The redistricting proposal will be on the November ballot. The Moffat County School District Board of Education has made it official. If it passes,  the measure will replace the current seven-district representatives with representatives from five newly drawn districts and two at-large positions. Board members also joined the Moffat County Education Association in support of Amendment 73, which is a statewide initiative that would increase taxes among high earners to boost education funding.

A small wildfire started near an oil and gas well Thursday afternoon, about a mile south of Craig. It was equipment failure, according to Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume. A damaged valve let some natural gas leak from the structure, which complicated the fire fighting efforts. About six acres burned on private land, until the fire could be put out.

A wildfire is burning in the Three Corners area, near the border of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. It has grown to over 4,000 acres. It is called the Bender Mountain Fire. It is about 20 miles east of US Highway 191, and about 65 miles south of the I-80 corridor in a remote area near the Three Corners region. The fire is being investigated as human-caused.

Fire restrictions were lifted as of midnight last night, in Garfield County. This includes Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Gypsum, and Debeque. Fire restrictions were also lifted in the City of Rifle, and Pitkin County, also White River National Forest and BLM lands managed by the Colorado River Valley Field office in Eagle. People are reminded to still not burn slash piles or wood debris. See if a burn permit is required. And if you do start a wildfire, you’re responsible.

Two people died Tuesday in a car crash near Saratoga, Wyoming, which is south of I-80 but north of Clark. The driver of a Chevy Silverado tried to pass, which caused the driver of a Ford F-150 to swerve and crash. Everyone in both trucks were wearing their seatbelts. But both drivers died from the crash.

In sports, the Steamboat Sailors are headed west on Highway 40 this evening, to play the Moffat County Bulldogs in Craig. The game is supposed to be in Steamboat, but Gardner Field has been under reconstruction, and it isn’t finished yet, so Steamboat can’t host the game. The big battle starts at 7 tonight, and you can listen to that game on KRAI.

In Rifle, the Bears football teams is trying a new clip-on helmet pad at practice, designed to help with concussions. Guardian Caps reduce the amount of impact on heads during controlled practices. Steamboat Springs has also been using the padded, soft-shell layer, since 2012.

The CNCC men’s soccer team plays Salt Lake Community College at 3 p.m. today, at Loudy-Simpson Park.

Craig Middle School has a football game at 10 tomorrow, against Rawlins, Wyoming. That game is at home.

The Moffat County Bulldog soccer team has a game at 11 tomorrow, at Moffat County High School.

Also tomorrow, the Craig Fire/Rescue Cornhole Tournament and Family Fun Day is at 1 p.m. It’s at the Craig Fire/Rescue training building.

The Yahoo Golf Tournament and Ball Drop is Saturday at Yampa Valley Golf Course. It’s a fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club of Craig, and the Craig Kiwanis Club. The day starts with Mountain Air Spray dropping hundreds of golf balls over the course’s 18th fairway. Sign up for the tournament at Yampa Valley Golf Course. Ball Drop tickets are at the Boys & Girls Club.

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