KRAI News for Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

Stay sober if you are planning to drive, especially over the New Year’s holiday. Statewide DUI enforcement for New Year’s Eve is underway right now from Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation, and local law enforcement agencies. Last year, 114 agencies arrested 334 impaired drivers during this enforcement period. If you are planning to go out on the town to ring in the New Year, here are a few tips:

Take advantage of options for a free ride home, or call a Lyft or Uber. Don’t be afraid to take someone’s car keys if they’re impaired. Don’t get into a car with someone who has been drinking too much. Make your plans in advance as to who will stay sober to drive. If you are planning a night out on the town to ring in the New Year, remember the following tips:

  • Take advantage of the options for discounted, free and sober rides home.
  • Don’t be afraid to take someone’s car keys if they are impaired.
  • Do not get into a vehicle with someone who is impaired. Encourage them to call a sober ride.
  • Plan for a sober ride home before going out.
  • Consume responsibly for a fun but safe New Year’s Eve celebration.

In addition to taxis, Uber and Lyft, several promotions and alternative transportation options will be available to get New Year’s partygoers home safely.

  • Coors Light is partnering with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and Coors Distributing Company for the 12th consecutive year to encourage metropolitan Denver residents and visitors to celebrate New Year’s Eve responsibly. Coors Light Free Rides® will be available on all RTD bus and rail routes, as well as Access-a-Ride and SkyRide services, starting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 through the end of the Jan. 1 service day.
  • The Sawaya Law Firm’s Free Cab Ride Program offers a ride from one location to the passenger’s home in the Denver metro area. The passenger can call a cab or other ride-hailing service and send the receipt to The Sawaya Law Firm for reimbursement. For more information, visit sawayalaw.com/resources/free-cab-ride-program.
  • AAA Colorado offers a list of statewide alternative transportation options on its website. To access the list, visit colorado.aaa.com/automotive/safe-ride-information.

The inaugural grant cycle for the Community Health Benefit Fund with the Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation opens up Jan. 1. It offers $275,000 to local nonprofits. The funding was part of the terms when Yampa Valley Medical Center was acquired by UCHealth in 2017. Groups can apply for grants within three funding priorities.

  • To improve access to health care, including physical, mental, and behavioral health care.
  • The second is mental health care that would create programs that care equally for the mind and body.
  • The third area covers substance use disorders, and how to educate, prevent and treat.

The money is available to existing 501c3 nonprofits serving Routt and Moffat counties. Apply online. The deadline is March 31. That link is: https://www.yvmcf.org/chbf/

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is looking to hire an Executive Director. The position would be supervised by the Board of Directors. The non-profit is to be a resource and catalyst for building a sustainable community through education and programs with individuals, organizations, businesses and government. Applications are due by January 17. A link to the job description and how to apply is at: http://www.yvsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/YVSC-Executive-Director-Job-Description-2020.pdf

The Motherwell Ranch has sold for $27 million dollars. It’s in the Williams Fork River Valley of Routt County, about 30 minutes northwest of Craig. The ranch is over 16 square miles, with 10,350 acres.

Chevron USA has donated $4,000 to the Rangely Police Department. The money will be used towards equipment in the department. The Town of Rangely told the Herald Times that they recognize and appreciate the partnerships that Chevron has with the Rangely community and Rio Blanco County.

Don Steerman has been hired as the attorney for the Department of Human Services in Rio Blanco County. Steerman is a graduate of Meeker High School, back in 1981.

West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association has hired a new executive director. Chelsie Miera is from Fruita. She’ll have strategic and operational responsibility for the organization, and will be navigating the rulemakings from Senate Bill 181 and the upcoming legislative session. Miera starts her job on Thursday. More: www.wscoga.org

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