KRAI News for Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

The Moffat County Courthouse is getting an upgrade. County Commissioners will discuss the plans at a special meeting tomorrow, where they’ll also discuss the sale of county hospital property. At the courthouse, a new handicap-compliant entrance will be built, on the entrance facing Victory Way. It should be ready to go by July 25.

Alpine Bank is giving an advance on paychecks to any federal workers who are furloughed from the government shutdown. Employees need to bring in their Colorado and Federal ID and their most recent federal payroll statement. Then Alpine Bank will match that paycheck. The loan doesn’t have to be paid off during the shutdown. But when it is over, each worker has six months to pay the bank back for the amount of the advance. The offer starts on Wednesday at any of the 40 Alpine Banks in Colorado, including branches in Steamboat, Rifle, Gypsum., Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Battlement Mesa, and Fruita.

If the government shutdown continues, it could start affecting those who receive food stamps in Moffat County. If you are recipient of SNAP, which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you’ll need to have your paperwork in order by 10 a.m. tomorrow morning, for February benefits to be determined and issued. Drop off applications at the Moffat County Department of Human Services office at 595 Breeze Street. Some 1,395 people receive some sort of benefits right now, in Moffat County.

Three groups in Craig are getting some support from the El Pomar Foundation Board of Trustees. Memorial Regional Health will receive $30,000 toward construction of its medical office building. Connections4Kids was awarded $2,500 in general operating support. The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado received a regional merit award of $5,000.

Triple Crown Sports wants to bring a snowmobiling event to the ‘Boat. It will be a hill climb on Howelsen Hill in 2020. It would be a professional snowmobile race, as part of the Rocky Mountain States Hill Climb Association series. The proposed event would be April 3-5 in 2020. Triple Crown CEO Keri King says it would include a barbecue and bourbon festival with a large musical concert at the base on that Saturday night. King told City Council that he thinks 2,500 people would come to watch the snowmobile race and they would bring in more than $1.2 million dollars in total direct spending in the first year, and that number would grow to 10,000 people and $9 million dollars in spending by the year 2030.

SmartWool has announced that they’ll stay in Steamboat, at their offices at Bob Adams Airport until late next year, or possibly February of 2020. SmartWool’s new headquarters is being built in lower downtown Denver, and that’s when it will be ready.

Moffat County swimmer Kelsey McDiffett has qualified in 100-yard breaststroke, to go to the state meet next month in Grand Junction.

In high school basketball, Moffat county girls won both of their games this weekend, over Gunnison and Olathe, while the boys lost their games.

The Bulldogs boys varsity team heads to Summit tomorrow afternoon. The girls play Grand Valley on Friday, at home.

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

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