A pilot has been seen flying a small, single engine aircraft over a large herd of elk on private property. It happened on Moffat County Road 18, north of Craig. Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to know who did it. Using aircraft to harass wildlife, or to help with hunting is a violation of Colorado’s wildlife laws and the federal Airborne Hunting Act. More details are on the KRAI Facebook page. Contact Operation Game Thief if you know who might have done this, or call wildlife officer Evan Jones at 970-878-6090.
Someone has stolen the antlers from a bull elk mount in the lobby of the Quality Inn & Suites. The Craig Press reports Mountain Man Taxidermy plans to file a report with the Craig Police Department. And there is a reward. Call Craig Police, or the taxidermist at 970-824-4910.
Tuesday is Colorado Gives Day in the state, and in Moffat County, as proclaimed by the County Commissioners. Residents of Moffat County are encouraged to support over 50 local organizations by going to www.YampaValleyGives.org. Colorado Gives Day is the state’s largest one-day online giving event. It has raised more than $182 million dollars since it began in 2010.
A $1,700 grant has been awarded to the Foundation at Memorial Regional Health, to support children’s health and wellness in the Moffat County School District. The money is from the Operation Round Up program, at Yampa Valley Electric Association. The donation will help buy a new Automated External Defibrillator machine for one of the schools in the district.
Steamboat Resort is getting a new gondola. The current one will be replaced. It’s a $15 million dollar Doppelmayr. 36-hundred people will be able to ride up the mountain per hour, in less than ten minutes. There will be 137 cabins. Construction starts April 15, which is the day after the ski season ends, and it should be ready by November 2019.
The Babson Carpenter and Technical Education Center in Hayden is getting two trucks to work on, from the Routt County fleet. The trucks were both up for auction but no one bid on them so they’re being donated, so the students there can work on them. One of the trucks has mechanical and electrical issues. The other hit a deer and has body damage. After they’re repaired, the trucks will be sold to raise money for the program, which has students from Hayden, Steamboat, Oak Creek, Craig, and Baggs, Wyoming.
Lieutenant Will Zilka of the Wyoming Highway Patrol is retiring after 27 years keeping the highways safe. Zilka started his career in 1991 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. He also was a big supporter of the Alive at 25 program.
In basketball, the Moffat County Varsity teams played in the Mountain Top Classic tournament in La Jara. The boys team finished 1-2, and the girls were 2-1. Both teams are headed to Glenwood Springs for the Demon Invitational which starts this Thursday.
The Soroco girls basketball team won the 19th annual Cowboy Shootout in Meeker, beating Aspen, Meeker, and Rangely.
The Moffat County Swim Team will also be in Glenwood Springs Friday, for a swim meet, after finished 7th out of 10 teams at the Southwestern Conference Relay Meet in Grand Junction Saturday. Glenwood Springs won the meet, followed by Grand Junction and Durango.
The 20th Annual KRAI Holiday Drive is this Thursday and Friday at Centennial Mall in Craig. It starts bright and early at 6 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. each evening. All donations will go to four Moffat County non-profits, which are Christmas for Kids, Christmas for Seniors, the Interfaith Food Bank, and Open Heart Advocates. Items needed include new and unwrapped toys, non-perishable foods, gifts for seniors, and supplies for Open Heart Advocates, and cash, of course. We hope to see you there.
For the weather, don’t forget to call the KRAI Time, Temp, and Weather Hotline at 970-824-1918.