KRAI News for Monday, Aug. 5, 2019

The 10th Annual Moffat County Balloon Festival had everyone looking up Saturday, from Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. It wrapped up with the Balloon Glow, which was actually a candlestick display. Because rain was in the forecast, the pilots couldn’t get their balloons wet. So they set up the propane tanks and fueled the flames, about 10 feet high. The fires glowed in the night sky.

About 550 rubber ducks had a nice float down the Yampa Saturday for the Rubber Ducky Race. It’s a fundraiser for the hospice program at Northwest Colorado Health. The first duck to cross the finish line belonged to David Precsott, with Ana Keeler’s duck in second place. The Last Place Lucky Duck went to Janet Sheridan.

Animals with Vesicular Stomatitis have been confirmed in 14 Colorado counties, but not Moffat or Routt Counties, or neighboring Rio Blanco or Jackson Counties. There are 287 confirmed cases in the state. Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects horses and cattle, but sometimes it can affect swine, goats, llamas, and alpacas. The most cases are in Larimer County with 93. That’s east of here, where Fort Collins is located. If you are concerned about an outbreak, you are required to call the State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130.

Heavy rain in the Basalt area is causing flooding and evacuations in Pitkin County. There have been at least four mudslides reported, mainly on Frying Pan Road which is where the Lake Christine Fire burned last year.

Firefighters were able to put out a fire near a house outside of New Castle this weekend. They think the small wildfire was caused by an unattended campfire.

The town of Hayden is hoping to transform the old high school building into a community center. They’re looking into it, as the new K through 12 school in Hayden is being built right now. It’s expected to be finished in time for the next school year (not this fall). The town is exploring repurposing the building into a community gym, performance space, and community meeting space. It would be about 70,000 square feet of space.

The Country Raised store in Meeker is under new management. Makala Barton had announced the store would be closing in June. Meeker native Samantha Lopez liked shopping there, so she asked if she could buy it. The Country Raised store is open Monday through Friday, at 610 Main Street in Meeker.

Senator Michael Bennet is hosting a listening session in Craig Tuesday, Aug. 6. The United States Senator from Colorado is hosting the session from 12:30-5:30 at the Moffat County Courthouse, in the basement conference room.  A representative from Bennet’s regional office will be there to meet with Craig residents, and hear any concerns. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 303-883-3119. Or email:

Events are getting started for the Moffat County Fair with a big weekend planned this coming weekend. This morning is the 4-H and FFA Halter & Performance Horse Show. Tomorrow is the 4-H Dog Show at 8 a.m. and the Open Cat Show at 2 p.m. It’s all at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The Garfield County Fair just wrapped up in Rifle. The Routt County Fair is next week at the Fairgrounds in Hayden.

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

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