KRAI News for Monday, April 15, 2019

The U.S. Forest Service will be doing some prescribed burns in Routt National Forest. They could happen in the next few months, when conditions are safe. One area is southwest of Seedhouse Campground in the Hinman Park area. The other area is at Mad Creek and Rocky Peak. The forest service will be working with North Routt Fire Department on the prescribed burns.

In skiing, the Steamboat Ski Area has closed for the season. Seven people managed to ski or ride every day this season. Dave Crisler has also retired from Steamboat Ski area, as Slope Maintenance Director. He worked at the ski area for 50 years, and was recently awarded the Snow Conference Lifetime Achievement Award from Colorado Ski Country USA.

Local newspapers have done very well this year, coming home with many honors and awards from the 2018 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, and the AP Editors and Reporters Contest. The Craig Press earned 31 individual awards in advertising, editorial, online, and photo design. More awards were given in sweepstakes and general excellence. The Steamboat Pilot and Today also won 37 awards.

A snowy Saturday didn’t stop Craig kids from looking for eggs at the third annual State Farm Easter Egg Hunt at City Park. State Farm staff stuffed more than 10,000 eggs with help from youth at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Walmart donated some $50 gift cards for the golden eggs. Easter is this Sunday.

Megan O’Toole has won the Nightingale Award. It is an honor that recognizes the very best nurses, chosen by their peers. O’Toole is from Baggs, Wyoming, and she is a nurse at Memorial Regional Health.

The Momma Outfitters consignment sale broke records for the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center, raising at least $2,000. They’re still counting. It’s the most money they’ve ever raised in a single day.  The sale was at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. They plan to do it again in September.

The sandhill cranes are back. Winners have been announced of those who spotted their return first. Robert Bruchez is the grand prize winner who saw the first greater sandhill crane on March 11, on Routt County Road 70. Dorothy Brown spotted one the next day, outside of Maybell. Michael Tucci saw one the same day in Craig by the water plant.

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

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