KRAI News for Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

Craig City Council will be interviewing the seven candidates who are running for the vacant seat on council. Council voted unanimously to meet with all seven. The Craig Press reports that the interviews are at 6 on Tuesday, Nov. 19, and the interviews will be live-streamed from City Hall. The public is also invited. The City Council seat is vacant after council member Brian MacKenzie resigned last month, after being arrested on felony charges in Jefferson County.

Craig Fire/Rescue was called out to an apartment fire Saturday, on Green Street. The fire was in a bathroom, and it’s under investigation. No one was hurt.

Yampa Valley Regional Airport. Photo by Shannon Lukens.








United Ground Express has replaced SkyWest as the ground operator at Yampa Valley Regional Airport. United Ground Express is a subsidiary of United Airlines. They’ll handle the ground services for two of the five carriers at the regional airport, which are United and Alaska airlines. GS Secure Staff will continue to work with American Airlines and Jet Blue. Airport Manager Kevin Booth says most employees should be able to transition to the new operator in mid-December, when the busier winter flight schedule begins.

Atlantic Aviation has also opened a new, larger fixed-base operator facility at the airport in Hayden. There will now be better airplane parking, hangars, fueling and travel planning for private customers. There is also space now for a full-time medical transport airplane, owned by CareFlight of the Rockies.

Permits to cut Christmas trees in Routt National Forest are now available from the U.S. Forest Service. Permits are $10 each. It allows for the cutting of one tree in the National Forest. Fourth graders get a free permit though, through the Every Kid Outdoors Program. Apply at to get the pass and then take it to a Forest Service office. There are some rules that go with cutting down your own tree, and you’ll find those out when you pick up the permit, which is available at Yampa River State Park off Hwy 40 in Hayden, the Craig Chamber of Commerce, the Hahns Peak-Bears Ears District Office in Steamboat, the Yampa District Office, and the Clark Store in North Routt.


Know before you go

  • Trees must be for personal use, not for resale.
    • The permit must be clearly displayed around the stem of the tree before leaving the cutting area.
    • Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of roads or within 200 feet of campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic pullouts, administrative sites, timber sale areas or designated wilderness areas. Distances may be greater for state highways and scenic byways, so contact district offices for details.
    • Maximum tree height is 20 feet. Maximum tree diameter is six inches at the stump.
    • Cut the tree to a stump height of six inches or less or below the lowest living branch, whichever is lower. If one living branch is left on the stump, the tree will continue to grow, although it will probably become deformed and encourage disease.
    • If you want boughs, choose a taller tree than needed (maximum 20 feet) and use the lower branches for boughs. Please do not cut boughs from other living trees.
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Then on Dec. 8, don’t miss the annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction. It’s at 1:30 pm. at the Routt County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.

Elk River Ranch has sold for $11.5 million dollars. It was about 700 acres along a mile and a half of the Elk River, in North Routt County, near County Roads 54 and 129. The man who helped develop Mucinex was the owner. The buyers are Matt and Lisa Bond who already have a place in North Routt, but they wanted river access. Matt Bond is an NBC executive.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol has commissioned 18 new cadets to the rank of Trooper. They’ve all completed 1200 hours of training academy. It’s the 97th graduating class from the Wyoming Highway Patrol Academy.


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