KRAI News for Monday, June 15, 2020

The variance request submitted by Moffat County Public Health to the state has been approved. Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment has approved public gatherings of events of 100 participants outdoors and 50 participants indoors. Social distancing is still required. This also applies to youth recreational participants. The full variance request approval is on the KRAI Facebook page.

The Rangely District Hospital had a ransomware attack in April. The Herald Times reports that part of the hospital’s computer network was attacked, including the health information of some patients. The hospital in Rangely did not pay any ransom and was able to recover most of the files that were infected. Breach notification letters have been sent to those patients who may have been affected.

Photo of wolf in Grand County on June 6, 2020, courtesy Jessica Freeman.

More people are saying they are seeing wolves. It’s being reported to Colorado Parks and Wildlife and they’re trying to verify. Wolves have been reported in North Park, and Larimer County. Also two groups of campers say they saw what they thought was a wolf in Grand County earlier this month. Then there’s the pack of six wolves confirmed in Moffat County. They haven’t been seen lately, but one has been spotted recently, feeding on an elk carcass.

Wolf Sighting Form:

Colorado Parks & Wildlife frequently asked questions:

The new City Attorney for the City of Craig is Heather Cannon. She used to be the City Judge, but now she is City Attorney. Cannon takes over for Sherman Romney who resigned from his position in mid April. City officials will now start the interview process for a new City Judge to replace Cannon.

Moffat County High School has a new football coach. Lance Scranton takes over in the top spot, after being an assistant football coach at Moffat County for 17 years. Scranton replaces Jamie Nelson who resigned after the Bulldogs made it to the state playoffs last year.

A plan for fall high school sports hasn’t been released yet by CHSAA, which is the Colorado High School Activities Association. Right now, Scranton is leading players in off-season conditioning workouts.

Details are being worked out for the 4th of July in Craig. Fireworks are reportedly happening. We have calls into the fire department to confirm. The VFW is also working to confirm the 4th of July Parade, and we’ll let you know as soon as we know more. But there won’t be a BBQ.

The town of Meeker is getting ready for their 4th of July parade. The theme is “freedom.” The parade is hosted by the Meeker Chamber of Commerce, so if you want to enter the parade, apply with the Chamber by June 30 and a link to that application is on our website. It’s free. The parade starts at 10 a.m. on the 4th of July on Main Street in downtown Meeker. There is a pancake breakfast before the parade on the courthouse lawn. Money raised will go to scholarships for graduating seniors from Meeker and Rangely High Schools.

Parade Entry Form Link:

Rangely is having Fourth of July fireworks and their annual Surf and Turf dinner. Steamboat has canceled their fireworks show.

Routt County Fair

The Routt County Fair is working on a virtual sale of the 4-H/FFA livestock for the fair this year. The regular fair isn’t happening because of the COVID-19 protocols. Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger sat in on a recent Fair Board meeting. He says the Junior Livestock Sale looks very positive.

The 4-H/FFA Virtual Sale of their livestock will be Aug. 15.

The Economic Development Committee for the Town of Craig meets today. Small Business Grant presentations will be made and community branding will be discussed. That meeting is at 2 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 1395 0372; Password: 521747

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

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