KRAI News for Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

The body of a man from Meeker was found Saturday afternoon on the trail leading to the yurt near Rio Blanco County Road 12, in the Flat Tops Wilderness. Autopsy reports on 48-year-old Brett Smithers are pending but foul play is not suspected.

The power went out in Craig Sunday afternoon, for about an hour. Yampa Valley Electric got it back going just before 2 p.m.

The deadline is Wednesday to get enough signatures on a ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana dispensaries in Craig. The Committee to Grow Craig needs 739 signatures to put the question before voters. The Craig Press says that as of Friday, Paul James said they had about 500, with plans to knock on doors to get more before the Jan. 9 deadline.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants your opinion on the state’s five-year Big Game Season Structure. There is a public meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Mountain Valley Bank in Meeker to discuss it. There will be more public meetings and town halls through next month, so officials can get your feedback on big-game hunting regulations. A link to submit your thoughts and comments online is on the KRAI website.

The gas pumps are still out at the Maybell General Store. But they could be up and running again by the end of the month. Here’s store owner Mary Schminkey.

The gas pumps at the general store in Maybell were taken out by a driver who didn’t make the turn, back in late November. Facebook Interview:

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners meets Tuesday morning. Donald Broom will be sworn in as a new commissioner.

The Moffat County Local Marketing District Board meets at 4 p.m. this Thursday in City Hall. They have five requests for funding, from Grand Old West Days and the Colorado High School Rodeo Finals. Also, Whittle the Wood, Colorado’s Great Northwest Fiddle Competition, the Moffat County Balloon Festival, and the Craig Historic Ghost Walk. They’ll also consider an application for funding for the Bear River Young Life Car Show.

Be aware of avalanches in the back country. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center says there is a considerable risk of avalanches at all elevations and all slopes right now, because of the new snow that just fell. It formed a storm slab on top of weaker layers of snow. There is a free avalanche clinic this Friday night at CMC in Steamboat (Albright Auditorium). There is another session on Saturday up on Rabbit Ears Pass. There is a fee for that one, and you can sign up for it at Ski Haus.

The Dinosaur 100 Trail Race Series Snowshoe races are coming up in Moffat and Routt Counties. The first one is Jan. 19 at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. The three weeks after that will have races each Saturday at Rabbit Ears Pass, Stagecoach State Park, and Steamboat Lake. Find out more at  or

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

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