KRAI News for Monday, April 22, 2019

New Creation Church in Craig had their Easter Egg hunt Sunday. It’s the seventh year for the event. Kids found 26,000 plastic eggs on the lawn of the church in Craig. And there were prizes, from McDonalds and Wendy’s. And Walmart donated some bikes.

The warm temperatures and above average moisture from the snow could make it tough for those with allergies. Pollen counts are high across the country, and it will be tough on those living in Northwest Colorado, too. Allergies kick in in the spring, especially when the aspen trees are starting to bud. The worst time to be outside is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the air quality index shows a high pollen count.

The wildfire season started in Summit County over the weekend. A small brush fire started from an authorized slash pile burn on private land in Silverthorne. A sudden gust of wind blew the embers onto grass and sage on a hillside nearby. Summit Fire quickly got it out.

The Northwest Colorado Recreation Foundation is considering a mill levy to get a rec center in Craig. The group working on it had a meeting last week at Craig City Hall. One consideration was using the old Kmart building for a rec center. But organizer Elise Sullivan told the Craig Press that retrofitting the building to accommodate the proposed amenities would make construction costs prohibitive. The group says they are proposing a mill levy which would probably be between $50-60 dollars in residential property taxes each year for residents whose homes are valued at $100,000.

Pot shops in Steamboat have new verification systems to check for fake I.D.s. It’s a handheld device that can scan to verify if identification cards are legitimate and haven’t expired. Under state law, marijuana dispensary employees must check each customer’s ID to ensure they are 21 or older.

The Northwest Resource Advisory Council of the Bureau of Land Management meets this Thursday in Meeker. On the agenda… wild horse management, an informational presentation about a campground fee proposal in the Colorado River Valley Field Office, the Canyon Pintado National Historic District, travel management, and district and field manager updates. The meeting is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with public comment scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting is at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds.

Sports update… The Moffat County girls golf team is in Durango. The Bulldog varsity and JV baseball teams are competing in Rangely. Tuesday night as a Moffat County girls soccer game at 4 p.m. at Moffat County High School. The Lady Bulldogs are playing Coal Ridge.

The Moffat County High School girls track team won the Coal Ridge Invitational Friday, out of 26 teams. The boys team was fourth overall.

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

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