KRAI News for Monday, June 29, 2020

Moffat County Commissioners have awarded $866,655.02 to Road and Bridge to get some new equipment. The Craig Press reports that it includes two new motor graders, four new company trucks, and new radios. There’s a Landfill Mulch Sprayer in there. The two Caterpillar motor graders are coming from Wagner Equipment in Hayden. They don’t charge mileage for service when they need fixing.


Two wildfires started over the weekend in Rio Blanco County, about 20 miles west of Meeker. One is the Well Gulch Fire near the landfill on County Road 142. The Steak Fire is southwest of Meeker near County Road 71.





A small fire is burning on the northern plank of Dinosaur National Monument. It was started by lightning Thursday evening. Sonya Popelka is a park ranger there. She says the Split Fire is still small, and doesn’t pose any threat to people or structures right now.

Park officials at Dinosaur National Monument will watch the Split Fire over the next few days to see what it does, and then decide how to proceed.

For more information on Dinosaur National Monument, visit their website at


Moffat County has no new cases of the COVID-19 virus today, after nine confirmed cases. Only one of those is active. 941 tests have been administered in Moffat County.



Four new cases of the COVID-19 virus were reported in Routt County on Friday. The latest were two female teenagers, and two more women one, in her 20s and one in her 50s. That’s 72 positive cases with nine in the last week, and ten cases for the month of June.

Because of the new cases, Routt County Commissioners are discussing hiring people to do contact tracing. Routt County Commissioner Beth Melton says identifying possible cases through contact tracing is a positive for the community.

Right now, Routt County has 14 contact tracers, and they are all volunteers.

The Town of Hayden has planned to do aerial spraying for mosquitos tonight. Spraying will start at 7 p.m. and it is dependent upon the weather.



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


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