KRAI News for Monday, July 27, 2020

The Moffat County School District wants your opinion on getting school started in August. The district website has a link to a survey for parents, staff, and community members. Another aspect of getting back to school is the extra-curricular activities and athletics, especially at the high school. Here’s Moffat County High School Principal Sarah Hepworth.

The board and administrators will meet on Thursday to make a final decision on how to proceed with the school year. Those surveys will help with the decision. The board will also decide on the recommended starting date for the first day of school, which would be Aug. 31. That’s a week later than it is scheduled to start right now, but Superintendent Scott Pankow wants some extra planning time for teachers and staff.   Link for comments:

Steamboat Fire Rescue was called to Sundance Plaza Sunday for smoke at the Sherwin Williams store. Here’s Lieutenant Joe Oakland.

It happened in the Sherwin Williams warehouse. No real damage to the store. No injuries.

A cement mixer went off Hwy 9 near Kremmling. Photo courtesy Vladan Chase.

A cement mixer went off the road on Hwy 9 just outside of Kremmling Saturday morning, closing the highway for a few hours, and re-routing traffic through Winter Park. Colorado State Patrol says the truck skidded off the road, through a guardrail, down a steep embankment, rolling one and a half times before resting on its roof. The 54-year-old driver was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood with head, chest, and leg injuries.

Routt County is reported one new case of COVID-19 before the weekend. A man in his 20s is symptomatic and is recovering in isolation. Routt County has 95 total positive cases with 16 cases since July 10 and 204 test results pending. UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center is also now reporting there have been eight hospitalized patients since the beginning of the pandemic.

Routt County Commissioners met with the chamber and leaders of different industry groups Friday, to get updates on how their businesses are being affected. The building department says people are doing a lot of remodels, new decks, and home improvements. Local realtor Geoff Petis spoke for the real estate industry. The month of June saw 132 properties go under contract in Routt County, which is the most since 2008.

Petis says Open Houses still aren’t allowed and masks are required when showing homes. Low mortgage interest rates could be helping the real estate industry. Adonna Allen represents banking in Routt County. She says now is the time to re-finance. One of the hardest hit groups are the local gyms and health clubs, as they’re considered high risk. Commissioners were told of one report that says 59 percent of people surveyed in the United States say they will not renew their fitness memberships. They’ll work out at home or online.

Roadwork update…

  • Work starts Friday on Highway 40 in Hayden to bring the curb ramps into compliance with Public Rights of Way Accessibility Guidelines. Some of the sidewalks, curbs and gutters will also be improved. It should last through late August.
  • Work starts today on the Stokes Gulch Culverts. That’s south of Hayden. County Road 53 will be closed for about three weeks.
  • Chip Seal and Striping on Highway 40 in west Steamboat starts today. It’s from near the Eagle Soaring RV Park to 13th Street. There will then be two lanes of travel into Steamboat Springs which is expected to improve traffic flow.

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

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