KRAI News for Monday, June 3, 2019

The extended drought in Moffat and Routt Counties, and in all of Colorado, is over. For the first time in 19 years, no part of the state is in a drought. That’s according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The rain and snow in May helped statewide. For example 4.26 inches of rain and 9.3 inches of snow fell in May in Steamboat. The snowpack hasn’t yet melted. There is 115 inches of snowpack on Buffalo Pass and 35 inches on Rabbit Ears Pass as of Sunday. The Natural Resource Conservation Service also reports that the Yampa and White River Basin is at 247 percent of its average snow water equivalent as of last Friday. Statewide, Colorado is at 437 percent of average.

The Moffat County community enjoyed the 8th annual community barbecue Saturday, hosted by Memorial Regional Health and the emergency agencies of Northwest Colorado. It was at Loudy-Simpson Park in Craig. In addition to fire, police, and state patrol, there were some mascots there including the Critical Care mascot, Terry, the Traumasauraus, plus gun safety spokesbird Eddie Eagle, and 911 mascot Red E. Fox. A couple of them arrived via Classic Air Medical. Colorado State Patrol employees were passing out prizes to those who arrived buckled up.

A new study shows the importance of tourism in Moffat County. Many visit Dinosaur National Monument. The National Park Service says there were 304,468 visitors to Dinosaur in 2018, and they spent $18.3 million dollars in communities near the monument, and supported 222 jobs in the local area.

Craig has a new business downtown. It’s called The Find. Craig native Kirstie McPherson is the owner. The Find offers home décor, vintage antiques, and lifestyle products. Much of the items are found at estate sales and auctions. The first store was in Hayden at the Granary building. Now there is a second store, in downtown Craig, at 518 Yampa Ave. Then in August, the back of the building will house a wine bar.

The Moffat County Girls track and field relay team has been awarded with All-State recognition, by the Colorado High School Activities Association. The 4×200 relay team of Stephenie Swindler, Halle Hamilton, Emma Jones, and Emaleigh Papierski took first place in the state 3A championships last month.

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