KRAI News for Monday, Dec. 21, 2020

A West Routt Fire Protection District Engine out of Hayden helped put out a fire, but then went off the edge on Routt County Road 68A, on the way home. The fire engine rolled 255 feet down a hillside Saturday. Four firefighters were buckled up on board. Two were taken to Memorial Regional Health in Craig, and two others were taken to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat. They were all treated and released. Here’s West Routt Fire Chief Trevor Guire.

The fire department is pretty sure the truck is totaled but that has to be confirmed with the insurance company.

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The new city councilman in Craig will be David Bruce Cummings. He was voted in to fill the seat of Tony Bohrer who is moving to the Moffat County Board of County Commissioners.

Moffat County’s COVID-19 case count is at 588 as of this morning, with 134 active cases and 20 deaths. On Sunday, four COVID-19 patients were at Memorial Regional Health in Craig. Another COVID patient had to be transferred to another facility for a higher level of care.

Moffat County is staying in Level Orange after the county’s mitigation plan received approval from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Moffat County has until Dec. 28 to get the positivity rate of COVID-19 in the county below 15%. Last week, it was at 16.8%.

Commissioner Don Cook spoke at the last Public Health meeting about doing everything they can to keep the community safe and the businesses open, until everyone can be vaccinated, which probably won’t be until next summer.

Moffat County Commissioner Don Broom agreed how important it is to keep businesses open.

In neighboring counties…  Rio Blanco County has 252 cases of COVID-19 since March, with 31 in the past week.

Routt County has 951, with just ten cases since last Friday, so numbers have been going down. Routt County is also now in the Orange “Plus” Level from the CDPHE which means restaurants in Steamboat have re-opened, at 25% for in-person dining.


School is out in Moffat County for the holiday break. Kids are home for the holidays. Maggie St. John is with the Interfaith Food Bank in Craig. She says they could sure use some snack food for the kids right now.

Good snacks would be granola bars, bagged chips, and applesauce. The Interfaith Food Bank is at 517 Breeze St. They’re open from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Or call the food bank and they’ll meet you there. Kids in the Moffat County School District are scheduled to come back to school Jan. 4.

Shop with A Cop was Saturday, for the 5th year in a row. A group of underprivileged children in Moffat County had $150 to spend at Walmart in Craig. They were joined by officers from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Craig Police, Colorado State Patrol, and Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Moffat County High School football players have received honors from CHSAA, in the Class 2A division.





  • First Team: Senior Caleb Frink — RB/SS
  • Second Team: Senior Daniel Cruz – G/DE
  • Second Team: Senior Corey Scranton – GT/DT
  • Honorable Mention: Senior Joseph Campagna – RB/MLB
  • Honorable Mention: Junior Logan Hafey – DE/T
  • Honorable Mention: Junior Taran Teeter – MLB/FB

From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.

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

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