KRAI News for Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

Today is the first day of school for kids in the Moffat County School District. The district is asking that parents do a daily health screening and not send kids to school if they are feeling sick or have a fever of 100.4 or greater. That’s for staff as well. Staff will be wearing a mask all day. Kids in grades 6-12 are also required to wear a mask. Schools in Moffat County have been out for over five months, because of COVID-19. It’s the first time students have been in school in 167 days.

The Sheriff of Rio Blanco County is not happy. Sheriff Anthony Mazzola says he has been told by a Rio Blanco County Commissioner that they are considering moving their dispatch department to the Colorado State Patrol dispatch in Craig. It would be consolidating the department due to budget cuts. This would be dispatch for Meeker Police and Fire Rescue, and the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s Office. In a statement from the Rio Blanco Sheriff’s Office, Mazzola says, “I do not want the State of Colorado running any part of this county.” Commissioners in Rio Blanco County are discussing it in their meeting, which is this morning.

Moffat County residents have been returning their census forms. So far, 58% of Moffat County residents have filled out their census form either from the mail or online. Routt County residents are lower, at a 42.2% return rate. Colorado overall is at a 68% return rate. Census data decides how much federal funding our county gets, supplies from the National Strategic Stockpile, numbers of vaccines, funding for schools and libraries and much more. Complete your census today at https://my2020census.gov/.

Colorado Census Returns: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html

You can get tested for COVID-19 twice a week now, through Routt County Public Health. Community testing is on Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. and then Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, starting tomorrow at the Howelsen Hill rodeo grounds in Steamboat Springs. Here’s Routt County Public Health Director Roberta Smith.

Community testing is free but those who don’t have health insurance will be given priority. Make an appointment by calling 870-5577. Local medical clinics also offer testing.

You can get a flu shot at all City Market pharmacies, including Craig and Steamboat. Flu shots are available for ages 7 and up. High-dose flu shots are available for ages 65 and older. A flu shot clinic is also available at the City Market Pharmacy for those 60 and over, and those at high-risk. That’s from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. starting this Wednesday through the end of October.  To schedule an appointment and learn more about the flu shot and other vaccinations visit www.kingsoopers.com/flu.

If you’re headed west into Steamboat today, traffic may slow down as you get closer to town. The chip seal project starts again on Highway 40. It stopped for awhile when I-70 was closed and traffic was heavy through Northwest Colorado. The work is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting today.

The Chalk Festival is today, in front of the Chamber of Commerce at 775 Yampa Ave. It’s part of International Overdose Awareness Day, presented by Grand Futures Prevention Coalition. Leave a handprint on the sidewalk to honor those who have experienced or lost their lives to overdose.

 

 

 

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

 

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