KRAI News for Monday, March 4, 2019

A 2.9 million dollar bridge project starts soon in Hayden and Craig. Two bridges are along Highway 40 in Hayden. Another bridge is along Highway 40 in Craig, and then on Highway 394 in Craig. Water has washed away some of the soil that the bridges rely on for support. New waterproof materials will be added to the structures. There will be some single-lane closures and 10-minute delays. Work on the bridges in Craig will start this month, and run through July. The repairs to the bridges in Hayden will be from July to September.

Steamboat City Council meets this Tuesday. There will be discussion on the proposed Snowmobile Hill Climb at Howelsen Hill. It is an event proposed by Triple Crown, that features professional snowmobiles on an uphill course, and then a music concert and festival at the base area. Council won’t be voting, but learning the benefits and risks.

Expect a snowy first week of March in Moffat County, with one to two feet expected. Some high mountain ridges could get up to 36 inches or more. Tuesday should slow down a bit, but snowfall will ramp up again Wednesday through Sunday. March is traditionally the snowiest month in Colorado.

Heavy snow means avalanche danger. Be careful if you’re headed into the back country. The new snow on weak layers can trigger an avalanche, especially on any slope steeper than around 30 degrees. Colorado Avalanche Information Center rates Steamboat and the Flat Tops area as considerable right now, with dangerous avalanche conditions. An avalanche warning is in place for the Front Range, and Vail/Summit County area. An avalanche near Copper Mountain sent snow all the way over I-70 Sunday afternoon.

Nationwide, 19.4 percent of Farm Service Agency direct loans were delinquent in January. That number is up for the same time a year ago, and the highest rate in nine years.

Dinosaur National Monument has a new superintendent, as the park heads into the busy tourist season. Paul Scolari has over 24 years of National Park Service experience. The Craig Press reports Dinosaur National Monument spans over 210,000 acres along the Colorado-Utah border. It has the remains of fossilized dinosaurs, river canyons, and evidence of 10,000 years of human habitation, along with animal and plant life. Scolari will also supervise the Superintendent of Fossil Butte National Monument in Wyoming. He starts work March 31.

The First Congregational Church on Green Street in Craig is hosting Easter for Everyone during Lent, starting this Wednesday through April 17. Services are at noon each Wednesday, and it includes a light lunch of soup and bread.

Students in spring sports at Moffat County High School need to send parents to the spring sports meeting. It’s at 6 p.m. tomorrow night in the library at the high school.

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

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