KRAI News for Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Rain is on the way to Northwest Colorado. It’s a hurricane, or rather the remnants of one. Hurricane Rosa is headed for Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Then that storm, and the rain, will hit our part of the state on Tuesday, and continue into Wednesday. If heavier rains come in, there could be some flash flooding, especially in those areas that were burned from the wildfires.

One of those fires is the Ryan Fire, which continues to burn north across the state line. It is at just under 24-thousand acres (23,779) as of Sunday evening, with 35 percent contained. High winds caused the fire to flare up on the south side. The community of Pearl, Colorado, has been evacuated. 351 people are fighting the Ryan Fire.

Another wildfire is the Silver Creek Fire. The wind has pushed the fire north towards Rabbit Ears Pass, and west of Highway 40. Seven helicopters and two air attacks continue to fly overhead to work both the Silver Creek and Ryan Fires. Here’s Fire Information Officer Deanna Harms.

Just over 19-thousand (19,015) acres have burned and 212 are working the fire. Grand County is under Stage 3 Fire Restrictions.

The murder sentence of Leroy Fief has been reduced from 30 years in prison to 24 years. Fief was convicted of 2nd degree murder for the fatal stabbing of Craig resident Shane Arredondo, back in December of 2012. Moffat County District Judge Michael O’Hara reduced the sentence. Fief had requested that the court reconsider the length of his sentence. The Craig Press reports the district attorney’s office and Arredondo’s family opposed the reduction of the sentence.

Russell George will be honored by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. George is a former state legislator, and a fourth generation Rifle native. His great grandparents homesteaded in Rifle in 1886. He is getting the 2018 Citizenship Medal for the contributions he’s made to many communities across the state. It’s one of the highest honors given to a citizen in Colorado. The medal will be presented to George on Oct. 11 at the History Colorado Center.

The Moffat County Board of County Commissioners will be discussing Proposition 112 during its regular meeting tomorrow morning. Proposition 112 deals with setback requirements for oil and gas development.

The meeting is at 8:30 tomorrow morning at the Moffat County Courthouse.

In sports, the Moffat County football team lost their homecoming game Saturday to Basalt. Final score, 33-13. The Bulldogs are off to Aspen Friday night, for a 7 p.m. game against the Skiers.

The Moffat County Bulldogs won the Invitational track meet Saturday in Craig. Both the men’s and women’s teams won their home meet. Hayden’s Wyatt Mortenson took away another big win, while Hayden’s McKenna Knez took the bronze.

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

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