KRAI News for Monday, March 15, 2021

The big spring storm predicted for Colorado brought a few flakes to us here in the Yampa Valley over the weekend. The heavier snow on the Front Range brought strong winds to Northwest Colorado. They were clocked at 60 mph at the top of Steamboat Resort Saturday morning, delaying the opening of the gondola and some of the lifts early that morning. Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast for Craig this week, with some snow in Steamboat. Then more rain and snow will be back in Craig on Sunday.

While some moisture is expected, water users should still plan on drought conditions this summer, according to the latest projections from the US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). February was good but hydrologists are still projecting below-average streamflows throughout the state, mainly due to dry soil moisture conditions and low base river flows. The Colorado and Yampa-White River basins are the only basins in the state with above average reservoir storage.

Two cases of the more contagious United Kingdom strain of the COVID-19 virus were confirmed last week in Moffat County. Both cases are within the same family. Moffat County Public Health Medical Officer Dr. Allan Reishus says the best way to avoid getting COVID right now is to get the vaccine.


Vaccinations are in the Medical Office Building next to Memorial Regional Health. Call 970-826-2400 to make an appointment.


In the state championships for wrestling, Moffat County’s Pepper Rhyne took fifth at 150 pounds, Kaden Hixson also finished 5th at 113 pounds. Senior Blake Juergens and Freshman Blake Hill both went 0-2 at the state tournament. Kody Logan from Hayden made it to the final round in the 170-pound division, finished 2nd. Meeker Senior Colby Clatterbaugh beat two returning champions in the 195-pound bracket to claim the title. Kelton Turner finished 3rd for 160 pounds. Meeker finished 8th overall in 2A, Soroco was 10th, Hayden 22nd. In 3A, Moffat County was 26th and Steamboat 38th overall.


The Steamboat Sailors Basketball team has a huge game tonight. They’re in the Elite Eight of the 4A CHSAA State Basketball Championships. The Sailors are 16-0, undefeated. They’re playing Montrose, also 16-0, undefeated. These two teams are the only undefeated teams in 4A in the state of Colorado and they’re playing each other tonight, in Montrose. Eric Pollert is the big senior for the Sailors, at 6’8”.

The big game starts at 6 p.m. tonight with pre-game at 5:30. It’s in Montrose and you can watch and listen through


From Routt County Public Health… We’re all in this together. Please wear your masks and keep socially distant. Help make COVID stop with you.

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

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