KRAI News for Monday, March 11, 2019

A hazardous weather watch continues for Northwest Colorado, with more precipitation on the way this week. Rain and snow is on the way. Then it will be colder midweek into Thursday. Snowpack is above normal across the state, at 112 percent. Snowpack in the Yampa, White and North Platte basins is at 107 percent of the median. Avalanche danger is also very high in Vail and Summit County. Be aware of spring weather as it is notoriously unpredictable in Colorado. And check the forecast and road conditions if you have to travel.

A man from Rifle was arrested for violating a protection order. Rifle police were called to a gas station where a woman worked. She said the man was stalking her and there was a protection order. The man was arrested and taken to the Garfield County Jail. The Glenwood Post Independent reports that he allegedly told the officers he’ll give them a few hundred bucks if they just take him home and not to jail. Charges of attempted bribery were also tacked on to the arrest.

The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public open house in Hayden this week. It’s to discuss how to manage more than 1,870 miles of roads and trails across nearly 640-thousand (638,195) acres in Moffat and Routt Counties. The Little Snake Field Office in Northwest Colorado is taking on the comprehensive look on the roads and trails, what to do and how to take care of them in the future. The open house is from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Hayden. Comments can also be dropped off or emailed to the Little Snake Field Office on Emerson Street in Craig.

About 20 Walmart shoppers in Craig were surprised with small gifts Sunday, just for buckling up. The Craig Press reports that dispatchers from the Colorado State Patrol Craig Regional Communication Center surprised shoppers in the parking lot, when they saw they were buckled up. They plan to keep doing it all month, throughout the community. They’ll be clearly marked, with shirts and jackets with the Colorado State Patrol logo on them.

The flight team from Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely has been invited to the 2019 National Intercollegiate Flying Association competition. It’s in mid May in Wisconsin. The nine students are trying to raise money for the trip.

More than 87-hundred skiers hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill during Ski Free Sundays this winter. The slopes were open for skiers and snowboarders, and cross country skiers. It is the fourth season that the city has opened up the slopes for free on Sunday at Howelsen Hill.

Steamboat Resort has extended its hours for the spring season. Most lifts will close 45 minutes later than usual, at 4 p.m. instead of 3:15. The new hours are in effect until the resort closes on April 14.

Craig Middle School wrestlers won the Soroco Invitational wrestling tournament in Oak Creek over the weekend. The team heads to Granby Thursday for the East Grand Tournament, and then the district tournament in Meeker.

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

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